Fertility Support Group – fertility after loss

Our next virtual Fertility Support Group will be taking place on Thursday 22 October at 6:30pm.

Pregnancy and baby loss can be a very private grief as it is a subject that many find too painful to talk about. For those going through fertility treatment, the fear of future loss can be ever present and create anxiety in pregnancy.

So, our October meeting Fertility after loss will focus on this difficult subject, and explore ways in which individuals and couples can gain strength and with the right support, move forward on their fertility journey.

Our meeting occurs a week after the global ‘Wave of Light’ when people are encouraged to light a candle to remember all the babies that have died. The initiative is supported by a number of organisations that have come together to help break the taboo that surrounds this experience. #BLAW2020, #WaveOfLight.

Fertility after loss

We are fortunate to be joined by two guest speakers at our October meeting:

Abi Ingrey, a Bourn Hall IVF patient

Abi was able to conceive naturally, but devastatingly had eight miscarriages before the couple were referred for IVF. She will talk about how she and her husband coped with treatment after loss. Happily, they were successful with IVF and have since had another baby naturally that came as a delightful surprise. Abi is looking forward to supporting the work of a nationwide charity called CRADLE, at Bedford Hospital.

Karen Burgess, Founder and CEO of Petals, the Baby Loss Counselling Charity

Karen will talk about the challenges that couples face in coping with early pregnancy or baby loss – over 50% of respondents to a recent survey had experienced a miscarriage – and the strategies that they find helpful.

About the Fertility Support Group

Our Fertility Support Group, now held virtually, is led by our independent fertility counsellor, Jackie Stewart, and other members of our Bourn Hall family.

Joining this group gives you the opportunity to talk to other people experiencing infertility, with members supporting each other on what can be an emotional journey.

Held monthly from 6:30pm using Zoom, for approximately an hour and a half, we invite experts to speak on a range of topics that reflect the needs of individual members.

The group currently offers:

  • Free attendance for all
  • Guest speakers
  • Facilitated meetings with Question & Answer sessions
  • Caring, supportive staff
  • Opportunity to meet other people who empathise
  • Helpful information

Register your place now

If you would like to join the group, please register your interest by using the form below and Sharon Harper, the Group Administrator, will be in touch with further details.

For more information about upcoming fertility support group events please contact Sharon on sharon.harper@bourn-hall.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the group.

About the organisations 

CRADLE works with the NHS and private healthcare sector to provide support for anyone affected by early pregnancy loss. Services include CRADLE comfort bags and funded counselling.  you can find more information @cradlecharity.org on Facebook

Petals – the Baby Loss Counselling Charity, provide free-of-charge specialist counselling to support the mental health of those who experience pregnancy or baby loss. Their counsellors provide a safe space to guide clients through the grief to a place of reconciliation and hope for the future. Find out more at www.petalscharity.org or follow them @petalscharity

Register your place now

Virtual open events

Our next virtual open event will take place on Thursday 24 September at 7pm. Places are limited so make sure you book online now. 

When you’re beginning your fertility journey, we know how hard it can be to choose the right clinic – and even more so now during these difficult times.

To keep everyone as safe as possible, we are currently only allowing patients on site for necessary treatment and tests. We appreciate that this restriction may be difficult for those of you who are considering coming to Bourn Hall and have not yet been able to visit one of our clinics.

With this in mind, and to help you make the right choice, we are delighted to be offering virtual open events throughout 2020.

The next virtual event will take place on Thursday 24 September and is open for booking now.

Start your journey

If you are interested in finding out more about fertility tests or IVF treatments at Bourn Hall, this open event will give you the opportunity to meet some of our team, learn more about our clinics, tests, treatments and success rates, and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

The event will be run via a secure video-conferencing platform and will last no more than an hour.

Register your place now

Please click here to register for our next virtual event. If you’re unable to make this one, we will shortly be releasing more dates so keep an eye on this page. 

We look forward to welcoming you into the Bourn Hall family.

Virtual Fertility Fair

We are pleased to announce our first ever Virtual Fertility Fair, which is taking place on Saturday 31 October from 12:00 till 4:00pm ahead of Fertility Week 2020.

The Fair will be bustling with virtual activity and you will be able to ‘wander’ around the event at your own pace, all from the comfort of your own home.  You can visit an array of booths and stalls and meet friendly people who are all experienced in helping people on their fertility journey.

Discover more

There will be the opportunity to watch presentations, download further information and speak to people in real time via the chat-boxes on your screen.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about fertility. This might be inspiration and guidance on how to improve your natural fertility or advice if you have been trying to conceive for a while and think that you might benefit from more information and fertility testing.

There will be a whole host of complementary therapists, nutritional experts and weight loss professionals to chat to one-on-one.

Bourn Hall experts will be available to answer questions about your own fertility and how to start your fertility journey.

There will also be the opportunity to find out more about the funding options available if you have been told that you need IVF but are not eligible for NHS funding.

Attend the Virtual Fertility Fair 

To register to attend the Virtual Fertility Fair please complete the form below.

Fertility Week 2020

Fertility Week 2020 is coordinated by the Fertility Network (UK) and aims to raise wider awareness of the impact of infertility, an issue that 1 in 6 couples in the UK face. #YouAreNotAlone #FertilityWeek2020