Festive times are milestones that can be difficult for many reasons. Stress comes when our thoughts and feelings are out of synch with the actions we are taking. This can be particularly true over the festive season when there is considerable pressure to appear outwardly happy despite inner turmoil. We have created a series of blogs giving various coping strategies.
Some support ahead of Christmas
Posted - November 19, 2019
Coping with Christmas: Well-meaning relatives
Posted - December 24, 2018
Coping with Christmas: Manage your emotional blood pressure
Posted - December 22, 2018
Coping with Christmas: Make your own family traditions
Posted - December 20, 2018
Coping with Christmas: Dealing with friends’ good news
Posted - December 18, 2018
Coping with Christmas: Writing can help
Posted - December 17, 2018
Coping with Christmas series: Care for yourself
Posted - December 14, 2018
How the fertility support group helped me to cope with Christmas
Have you read our latest patient story? Hannah and Jemma talk about their fertility journey to complete their family and the twists and turns on the way.
They both wanted to have treatment to share the experience of carrying a baby, even after Hannah was diagnosed with some fertility issues.
“When we first discussed becoming parents using a sperm donor it was so exciting,” says Hannah. “I proposed to my partner Jemma on New Year’s Eve four years ago and presented her with an engagement ring and the date of our first appointment at Bourn Hall. We both wanted to have treatment so that we could have the shared experience of carrying a baby and had no reason to suspect that one of us would have fertility issues.”
In our latest blog, we spoke to Bourn Hall counsellor, Jackie, about how difficult this decision can be for patients and couples.
“If you are emotionally attached to an embryo, you may see it as a potential child, and that can affect a person on a very, very, deep psychological and emotional level,” says Jackie
“For some people it’s a real dilemma whether to return for treatment with their frozen embryos and how they will feel if they don’t use the embryos themselves. Sometimes this can be a matter of timing and talking to a counsellor can help you decide what is right for you.”