The Fertility Information & Wellbeing Day – Wales

1 Dec 2018

Christmas can be an especially difficult time of year for those facing fertility issues; that is why this December, Fertility Network UK is bringing you the largest and most comprehensive fertility and wellbeing event in Wales.

Cardiff. Saturday 1st December 2018. 10:00am – 3:30pm

Venue: Park Plaza Cardiff, Greyfriars Road, CF10 3AL, Cardiff

Looking for information and expert advice all in one place? Affected by a fertility issue?

Need extra support as the festive season approaches?

Join Fertility Network UK and more than 20 exhibitors at the largest and most comprehensive fertility & wellbeing event in Wales.

We are very happy to be able to provide free delegate bags to the first 100 people. Get there at 10am to receive yours!

With thanks to Pharmasure for providing these and to Vitabiotics for providing supplements.



Abergavenny Natural Therapy Centre

Maxine Smillie, Zita West affiliated fertility Acupuncturist, in practice for over 20 years.  With 482 babies on her baby welcome notice board in the clinic (as of October 2018) Maxine is able to provide a beautiful medicine which treats the whole person, supporting natural conception and assisted fertility treatments.

Access Fertility

Access Fertility offers programmes to help you fix the cost of IVF treatment, save money and receive a refund of up to 100% if you don’t have a baby. We work with the best clinics in the UK to help you put a plan in place and access the treatment you need. Our programmes include multiple cycles, unlimited frozen embryo transfers and a money-back guarantee.

Before you make any decisions it’s important to understand what options are available to you. Please come and speak to Andy at today’s event or give one of our patient advisors a call on 03300 10 20 40.

Association of Reproductive Reflexologists

Reproductive Reflexology is an effective treatment for couples who are trying to conceive, our practitioners use prescriptive protocols and provide information to help couples make informed decisions about their treatment, we use Reflexology to support either natural methods or ART.

Baby Farm Group

Baby Farm Group™️ is a top holistic fertility management service with locations throughout the UK and Ireland.

We work with clients who wish to manage their fertility without medical intervention and we also work with couples while undergoing IVF treatment.

The treatments are usually based around traditional therapies like reflexology and hypnotherapy, however they are written on an individual basis and are all encompassing for each person who comes into our care. So even if a health condition means no hands on therapy is suitable we can still offer you a plan that will give you the desired result.

Baby Farm Group™️ changing your fertility outlook forever.

The British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)

 The British Infertility Counselling Association is a registered charity and the only professional infertility counselling Association recognised by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the British Fertility Society in the United Kingdom.

Brilliant Beginnings

 Brilliant Beginnings is a non-profit UK surrogacy agency. We create families through professionally-managed surrogacy in the UK and USA. Campaigning to raise awareness and to influence positive change is an integral part of what we do. We provide a number of services to intended parents, and surrogates.

Centre for Reproduction & Gynaecology Wales

CRGW is a group of independent bespoke clinics offering the latest scientific technology and state of the art facilities needed for all modern fertility treatments, including IVF, ICSI and IUI.

Located in Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol we are the major provider of private fertility treatments in Wales and have continued to consistently produce excellent success rates while maintaining our ethos of patients before profit. Set up by a team who themselves experienced infertility personally, we care about the way we care.

The Donor Conception Network

The Donor Conception Network provides emotional and social support and unbiased guidance to all those needing to use donated eggs, sperm or embryos to create or add to their family. We also support people once they have had their children, offering Telling and Talking books and workshops, story books for children, as well as contact and community with other families. We have parents of donor conceived children working on the stand and would be delighted to speak to you so please do come and say hello.

Fertility Network UK

Fertility Network UK provides free and impartial support, advice, information and understanding for anyone affected by fertility issues.

We are the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity and are here on a practical and emotional level whatever your experience of fertility issues to offer support services, information and access to a community of people affected by fertility problems.

We can help: if you are considering your future fertility; if you are trying to become parents; if you are facing the challenges of childlessness; if you are successful after fertility problems and if you need help to access NHS-funded fertility treatment.

Good Nutrition First

 Good Nutrition First provides personalised Nutritional Therapy.

Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and a pillar on the road to wellbeing.

We provide our clients with comprehensive nutritional support to help deal with many conditions such as IBS, weight management, hormonal issues stress and anxiety. We provide Nutrition Plans, Meal Plans and Recipes to people with health conditions, as well as to those who just want to eat better to feel better. At all times the plans are made to suit each individual’s needs’

London Egg Bank

The London Egg Bank was opened in 2013 by the team behind the London Women’s Clinic and London Sperm Bank to encourage egg donation in the UK. The London Women’s Clinic, established in 1985, pioneered the concept of egg sharing, a technique which made donor eggs available from women having IVF and reduced the number of women on waiting lists for egg donors.

However, despite our success with egg sharing and the opportunities for egg donation from overseas schemes, demand for donor eggs in the UK still outstrips supply. The London Egg Bank aims to increase the number of women coming forward as egg donors. A greater number of domestic egg donors will reduce the need for UK patients to go overseas for treatment.

London Sperm Bank

 Founded in 2010, the London Sperm Bank is the UK’s leading provider of donor sperm, with around 10,000 vials in storage at any given time. This means that the fertility centres within our group – the London Women’s Clinic and Bridge Centre – have a broad range of sperm samples at their disposal to match an equally broad range of patients. The London Women’s Clinics in London, South Wales and the North-East use donor sperm in around 1,000 cycles per year.

London Women’s Clinic Wales

 Our LWC Cardiff clinic provides a full range of fertility treatments and services to patients across Wales. Our state-of-the-art clinic and laboratory has the highest success rates in Wales and Bristol with treatment available without a wait.

The National Fertility Society

The National Fertility Society provides information to the public on fertility through events and presentations on the various topics around fertility. Giving them the information needed to help them make informed decisions through the fertility/infertility process. We also provide links to specialist fertility counsellors within your area for one to one help. All of our counsellor members are registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists or National Counselling Society and comply with their Code of Ethics and our own Professional Code of Ethics.

We are also a fertility counselling regulating organisation for advanced specialist fertility counsellors with a member’s area, with regular training programmes in fertility counselling, accreditation, senior accreditation and continuing professional development training to ensure the highest standards for our registered counsellors. Other registration benefits with the NFS are that you are enrolled on a search engine giving the public easy access to find a local fertility counsellor.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology in N Wales

 A specialist team of health professionals at Wrexham Maelor Hospital offer a 15 bed inpatient ward for patients who require an inpatient stay alongside outpatient clinics covering general gynaecology, hysteroscopy, colposcopy, early pregnancy assessment, urogynaecology, infertility services and gynaecological cancer.


Big thanks to Pharmasure for providing our delegate bags today

Pharmasure is a privately-owned company with an in-depth, specialist knowledge of the therapeutic area of reproductive medicine.

We think of ourselves as a family of experts who are on hand to care for people wanting to build their own family.

Our team specialises in fertility and are fantastic people with a genuine passion for what they do. Everyone at Pharmasure receives training in the male and female reproductive systems, the difficulties faced by couples struggling to conceive and knowledge about how our products work.

Rosie Letts Nutrition

 There is a lot of information regarding diet and fertility and, unfortunately, a lot of it is contradictory. Should you cut down on sugar if you are trying to conceive? Wheat gluten? Alcohol? Caffeine? Do supplements affect fertility? Should you prefer high protein foods or those low in fat? It has been scientifically proven that women close to their healthy body weight have better chances of conceiving and having a normal pregnancy than those who are far above or below their ideal weight.

Moreover, there is evidence that conditions, which have adverse effects on fertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, can be counter-balanced by changes in the diet.

Rosie Letts will help you create a balanced diet, which provides adequate nutrient and calorie uptake, and guide you with appropriate advice and supervision.

Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre

 Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre based in Shrewsbury is an NHS clinic offering a comprehensive range of treatments to both NHS and private patients. Covering the Midlands and Mid and North Wales the clinic has been helping couples conceive since 1991 and boasts some of the highest success rates in the area. In 2018 the clinic moved from its old base at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to a new, bespoke facility offering patients much more modern, spacious surroundings whilst still maintaining the small, family feel that the centre is so well known for.

St. David’s Children Society

“Where every child with an adoption plan is found a new family.”

St David’s Children Society is approved by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales to work as an adoption agency. Established in 1942, we are the longest serving adoption agency in Wales with over 75 years’ experience of placing children with new families. To date we have placed nearly 2,000 children for adoption.

We provide locally based adoption services across all of Wales and Herefordshire. We will also consider applications from enquirers who live on the borders of these regions. St David’s seeks to promote the welfare of children irrespective of their race, religion, culture or ability.

We believe that every child has the right to a secure upbringing in a loving family. No child should wait for an adoption placement. There are currently 4,000 children in England & Wales waiting to be adopted.

 Surrogacy UK

Surrogacy UK was formed in 2002, by a group of surrogates who believed that a successful journey for both surrogates and intended parents was one based on trust, mutual respect and, above all, friendship.

15 years later, Surrogacy UK has grown into a professional organisation, run by a Board of Trustees and supported by an Advisory Board, staff and a bank of volunteers – all of whom are committed to surrogacy and the vision of those few surrogates so many years ago.

Our Vision: Altruistic surrogacy as a valued, accessible and inclusive pathway to parenthood

Our Mission: To create, complete and support families through ethical surrogacy

Our Values: Community, friendship, support, integrity, trust, teamwork

Since 2002 Surrogacy UK has grown to include nearly 150 active surrogates, 500 intended parents and a huge community of parents through surrogacy who return to celebrate the special way their child came into the world with their Surrogacy UK family.


 Verity is a self-help group for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  The group was established in 1997 to share the truth about the condition and improve the lives of women living with PCOS.  The charity is run by a dedicated board of Volunteer Trustees supported by a team of further volunteers, who all support thousands of women both in the UK and internationally as well as raise awareness of the condition.


Big thanks to Vitabiotics for providing their vitamin samples today

 Vitabiotics has manufactured innovative health care products for over 40 years; a British company committed to human health and research.

Based in London, Vitabiotics has created a unique portfolio of products at the forefront of scientific developments in key sectors, including nutrition and women’s health.

Designed to provide maximum efficacy by supporting the human body in its own natural processes, each product is developed using the latest research available, and produced to the highest pharmaceutical standards.

Innovation is the key to Vitabiotics’ success. This means keeping at the leading edge of international research on the one hand, while remaining sensitive to specific consumer needs on the other.

Vitabiotics has a profound commitment to translating the latest scientific advancements into effective products, which are fully integrated with modern consumer lifestyles. Vitabiotics’ brand portfolio includes some of the fastest growing supplements in the UK and numerous brand leaders.

Vitabiotics guarantees the highest technological skills and a dedication to excellence.

The Wales Fertility Institute

 The Wales Fertility Institute is managed by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and forms part of a two site service. One site is based at Neath Port Talbot Hospital, and the other at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive range of investigations and fertility treatments in a relaxed. friendly atmosphere, delivered in a non-judgemental way.  We will continually strive to maintain the highest quality of care and treatment to maximise patients’ chance of success.    We ensure that all services offered by WFI meet the needs of the service users both NHS and private patients.

Y Clinic Bach

If you are interested in finding out more about natural ways of improving your mental and physical well being and improving your chances of conceiving then you are in the right place!

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and Acupuncture Practitioner and I have over 25 years of clinical experience in helping people towards a place of mental and physical well-being. I specialise in fertility focused acupuncture and work in an integrated way due to the profound effect that the mind/body connection has on the ability to conceive.

The evidence linking stress with infertility is becoming increasingly valid and recent research is demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture for IVF success, natural fertility and hormonal health. Preparing the mind and body is such an important part of your journey.

As a physiotherapist I use Western Medical Acupuncture to stimulate the body’s own healing process and to restore the body to a state of natural balance. Acupuncture within physiotherapy is applied against a backdrop of clinical & research evidence. It is personalised, clinically and research evidence based and highly effective.

If you have any health or fertility issues, are hoping to maximise your chances of conceiving, either naturally or are undergoing assisted fertility treatments then I’m here to help.

Talk schedule

10:30am BBC Wales’ Lucy Owen:

Lucy shares her personal experience of fertility

and how, as a couple, they coped with the ups and downs.

11:30am Fertility Network’s Anya Sizer:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year?

How to stay sane when facing treatment and the holiday season.”

2pm Good Nutrition First’s Tricia Lowe:

“How to eat well and keep healthy at Christmas.”

3:10pm Singer and presenter Elin Fflur:

Elin talks about her experience of fertility treatment

and her recent S4C documentary

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