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When your headteacher calls during egg collection

Teacher Suzy (not her real name) shares her story. My husband and I married in the summer of 2017, excited to start the next chapter of our lives together. We spent the first year “being married” and enjoying all that life had to offer and both knew that we would then start trying for a …

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‘I chose the sperm donor route as I had split with a long term partner of 7 years who had cheated continuously.’

Social Infertility A recent HFEA report shows that the use of sperm donor with patient eggs has increased hugely over the last 15 years. This is down to the rise in: single women and women in same sex relationships using donor sperm.  Many female teachers from around the UK (and abroad) who are either in …

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Why we need to destigmatise female reproductive health in the workplace.

‘Anyway in which women are made to feel bad about an aspect of their bodies which only females have, reproduces the female-based shame on which the patriarchy has been built. And thus keeps women down’. Dr Lara Owen, author of Her Blood is Gold. We need to normalise women’s reproductive health in the workplace because …

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News: Founder Caroline on The Fertility Podcast to talk ‘trying to conceive in teaching’

I was delighted to be invited onto the biggest fertility podcast to talk about fertility in the workplace. It was a surreal experience for me to talk to Natalie and Kate, as when I was going through fertility treatment back in 2017 and 2018 I would go out for long walks after work listening to …

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Guest blog: The top 5 Fertility Books you need on your shelf, by Sheila Lamb

Author Sheila Lamb, the friendliest woman in the fertility community, has written a guest blog to mark the start of National Fertility Awareness Week.   In this post, she recommends her top 5 infertility books. Sheila Lamb had a six-year infertility journey that involved a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, two unsuccessful fertility treatment cycles, an …

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News: Teacher Hug Radio

I was invited to talk to Shuaib Khan of Teacher Hug Radio. Shuaib, who admittedly knew little about infertility said he felt ‘inspired’ after the conversation.  We discussed: 1)National Fertility Awareness  2) What school leaders could be doing to better support their staff going through fertility treatment 3) The best way for teachers to prepare for …

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The misleading messages of fertility in the media and in our schools

Pregnancy test adverts show the happy heterosexual couples hugging over the ‘pregnant’ message that appears on the tiny screen they hold in their hands. They fail to show a diverse range of realities: the lesbian couple distraught after another failed self insemination, or those grieving after their 8th failed round of IVF.     The message …

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The 5 important ways you can make a difference at work this World Childless Week

World Childless Week was founded in 2017. Since then, on the second week of every September, the community raise awareness around those who find themselves unexpectedly leading lives without children. They work towards helping those childless not by choice (cnbc) find support groups and tackle their grief. 5 ways you can make a difference at …

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Fertility treatment: your employees’ rights at work

Employees going through fertility treatment have no rights at work. They are not entitled to paid or even unpaid leave for fertility appointments. Acas provide guidelines for employers to follow. None of which are helpful. Acas encourage employers to treat IVF appointments like any other medical appointment 86% of teachers said that their Headteacher would treat …

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