This series is aimed at those “Trying to Conceive” but finding that it is not as easy as they had hoped.
Our webinars offers free digital access to the expert opinion and advice, from our excellent guest speakers, about the many issues that have to be tackled when coping with the widespread impact of infertility. Each session provides impartial help, support and understanding about its carefully chosen relevant topic.
Each webinar will begin with an expert presentation and is followed by an anonymous question and answer session. Prior registration is essential and can be accessed by clicking on the link found in the descriptions below. Please register for each session separately.
Everyone is welcome to all of our webinars, which are hosted by guest speakers from across the UK. Regional variations may apply to information shared.
Considering Donor Conception by Nina Barnsley – Tuesday 18th June at 7pm
Nina Barnsley is Director of the Donor Conception Network, a charity founded 25 years ago to help break the isolation felt by so many people using donor assisted conception methods. Her work supports all donor conception families whether they are having (or have had) treatment in the UK or abroad and whatever kind of donor(s) they are using. As the Director she fully understands the worries and concerns that arise when donor conception is considered as a means to build a family.
This webinar is very much an introduction to the implications of donor conception when creating or expanding a family. Nina will share her knowledge about the often complex decisions and emotional considerations that have to be made when choosing options. The Donor Conception Network supports a diverse community of needs so this webinar will be of interest to many: single women and men and heterosexual and same sex couples. Our usual Q&A session will follow her presentation.
Using Nutritional Therapy To Help Optimise Fertility by Victoria Smith
Victoria is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach with a specialist interest in fertility. She works with women and couples to educate and empower them to take control of their hormonal health and fertility journey by making the right nutrition and lifestyle choices.
We hear a lot about the positive impact acupuncture can have on fertility, but what about the positive impact of nutrition on our ability to conceive? Many of us don’t truly understand the fundamental power of good nutrition and lifestyle choices to help boost our chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy, instead feeling that eating our ‘5 a day’ is simply enough. However, the body is a highly complex unique machine that needs the right nutrients from food to help it perform to its optimal ability. In this webinar, Victoria will look at common female health imbalances that can negatively impact on fertility (e.g. obesity, thyroid issues, hormonal issues, digestive disorders) and explore how Nutritional Therapy looks deeper for the root causes of common fertility issues and gives guidance on nutrition and lifestyle choices to address these.
Putting Self-care on the Agenda by Anya Sizer
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Anya Sizer is Fertility Network’s London Coordinator. She brings her wealth of personal knowledge and experience from the field of infertility to our community with realism and honesty.
Trying to conceive can create stress and make everyday life very difficult to navigate. Join us to hear Anya explore the importance of self-care, which can be easily neglected, whilst coping with the challenges presented by fertility issues. She will share essential strategies that should maintain balance and survival during the ups and downs of an infertility journey.
Help Boost Your Fertility Naturally by Victoria Smith
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Victoria is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach with a specialist interest in fertility. She works with women and couples to educate and empower them to take control of their hormonal health and fertility journey by making the right nutrition and lifestyle choices.Going through her own fertility struggles, and attempts to improve her own chance of pregnancy success, inspired her to retrain as a Nutritional Therapist. She undertook 3 years of intense study at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), in order to help others navigate their fertility journey and boost their chances of a successful pregnancy.
In this webinar Victoria wants to emphasise how small changes to your diet and lifestyle can, overtime, have a huge impact on your overall health and ultimately your fertility journey. She will discuss how preparation for pregnancy, whether naturally or assisted, is key and share her ‘5 Tips for Success’ and give you practical take home strategies to help you get started straight away.
Going to the Clinic – What Happens Next? by Isabel Traynor
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Going to the clinic for treatment can be a worrying prospect for new patients. In this webinar Isabel will talk you through the steps taken when starting out on a treatment journey. She will comprehensively explain the jargon around the different tests that may be performed for both ladies and men and possible outcomes. This will be followed with a short anonymous Q&A session in which Isabel will answer any questions to allay any worries or concerns expressed.
Everyone is welcome to attend this useful and informative webinar. Please note that the NHS treatment eligibility criteria included currently apply in Scotland. Patients living in other areas should check with their local NHS for further information.
Isabel is the Lead Nurse for Gynaecology and Assisted Conception Service for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She graduated from Caledonian University in1992 with BA Honors in Health & Nursing Studies and had an extensive career in gynaecology at Western Infirmary, Glasgow before taking up the post as Senior Charge Nurse in the Assisted Conception Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October 2002.
She represents Greater Glasgow & Clyde on the Scottish Government National Infertility Review Group and has represented the Nursing Profession on advisory groups for the Human Fertilization and Embryology authority. She was the nurse representative on the British Fertility Society (BFS) training committee and also the Executive committee, influencing national policy and developing education within fertility between 2016 and 2018. She is also the past chairperson of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group.