IVF babble wanted to take ‘breaking the silence’ one step further and so we created an awareness day to start a global conversation calling it World Fertility Day. We hosted the first annual World Fertility Day on Friday, November 2 in London and were overwhelmed with the support received from around the globe
IVF babble co-founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page, hosted many IVF babble readers and fertility experts, at their headquarters for the day, at the Little Italy restaurant, in Soho, London.
The action day was held to breakdown the taboos of infertility and get people around the world to start a conversation on their own fertility journey, using the hashtag, #WorldFertilityDay.
Tracey and Sara welcomed experts from across the globe to the London HQ, including representatives from Greece’s Embryolab, Dutch clinic Nijs Geertgen, Clinica Tambre from Madrid, Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, IVF Spain, Michelle Laurie of US company Donor Concierge, Nova IVI, IVF Turkey, Emma Kafton from the Evewell Clinic of Harley Street, London and Dr Carole Gilling-Smith from the Agora Clinic, in Brighton.
We also welcomed author Kate Lindemann of Uber Barrens Club, Heather Brooks, from Xytex International and Vickie Budden, from Fertilitet Messen, organiser of the Scandinavian Fertility Show.
All the experts gave their time for free and throughout the day. Many took part in the popular Instagram Q&A sessions that have become synonymous with IVF babble, giving readers and followers unique access to their expertise by answering those all important fertility questions.
As well as the room full of experts they also welcomed the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, who was being filmed for a Japanese documentary on fertility.
Across the globe many organisations held their own World Fertility Day event, including several in the US, such as the founder of Donor Concierge, Gail Sexton Anderson, who posted a fantastic video supporting the day, the wonderful Resolve Organisation got behind the day, posting on social media, as did the co-founders of Australia’s Fertility Matters, Candice Thum and Rebecca Featherstone Jelen.
Nova IVI Clinics across India went all out in their support of World Fertility Day, posting videos and images, raising funds and being incredibly supportive on social media.
Care Fertility posted several messages and images to mark the day, as did Create Fertility’s medical director, Geeta Nargund, who talked about infertility with Celia Haddon.
Others who supported the day were Bourn Hall, where IVF began, who posted a video, Sarah Banks, fertility coach, and the founder of the Dovecote Community, Kelly Da Silva, who took part in a podcast by fertility blogger, Sophie Sulehria on her journey through fertility.
Many celebrities also backed the campaign across the globe, posting videos and supportive message to their followers
These included television presenters, Jasmine Harman, Laura Hamilton, from A Place in the Sun, TV reporter for This Morning Sharon Marshall, Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies and the Real Housewives of Orange County star, Gretchen Rossi.
Tracey said: “There are so many people to thank it would be impossible to name every single person, but what we will say is we have been totally overwhelmed by the support and want to say a huge thank you to each and everyone who came along, posted a video on social media, took the time to upload an image, a podcast or just a short message to mark the day.
“Our aim was to get the world talking about infertility and I think we are on our way to achieving that. We have big plans for next year’s World Fertility Day.”
Sara said she couldn’t agree more: “We are humbled to have had so much support for the first ever World Fertility Day and couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and roll on next year.”
Did you host a #WorldFertilityDay event? Send us your videos and images, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both Tracey and Sara are keen to make next year even bigger and better, so if you would like to get involved in the day, which will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019, email email@example.com