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Fertility Fest

Fertility Fest

Gabby Vautier and Jessica Hepburn are joint founders and directors of Fertility Fest – the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, reproductive science and modern families. Both women are professional arts producers and former IVF patients and founded Fertility Fest in 2016 with the aim of using the power of the arts  -  theatre, music, dance, literature, visual art and film - to unlock the experience of the fertility patient in order to find ways of improving mental health and emotional support. 2019 was the biggest festival yet with a four week residency at London’s Barbican Centre (23 April to 18 May) and satellite festivals at the The Fertility Show in Manchester and London - the UK’s largest patient event; and ESHRE Vienna - the biggest fertility industry conference in the world. Jessica is the former Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and now also an author and fertility campaigner following the publication of her two books The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles.  Gabby is the former Head of Creative Learning and Professional Practice at the Barbican and mum to twin girls born as a result of IVF. 

Please see below the timetable of Fertility Fest content at this years Fertility Show London. Purchase your Fertility Fest tickets here 

Day Time Panel
Friday 17:00 - 19:30

Young, Gifted and Infertile

A special event exploring Premature Ovarian InsufficiencyDedicated to the Patient Experience

This special event which will form part of Fertility Fest @ The Fertility Show – the UK’s largest patient event – will be a celebration of the amazing creative work, advocacy and support that is being undertaken worldwide to support women experiencing Premature Ovarian Insufficiency. It will include the world premiere of the short play Saving Rachel by William Brown MD, acting as a curtain raiser to a  performance of the critically acclaimed show Flushed by Catherine Cranfield. Followed by a Q&A with a range of experts.

Tickets are FREE  but limited and can be reserved by emailing tracey@fertilityfest.com

 

 

Event Agenda

5pm - 5.30pm: Arrivals Reception

5.30pm - 5.45pm: Welcome from Fertility Fest & The Conover Foundation

5.45pm - 6pm: Performance of Saving Rachel by William Brown MD

6pm - 7pm: Performance of Flushed by Catherine Cranfield

7pm - 7.30pm: Q&A

 

 

Produced by Fertility Fest

In association with

The Fertility Show

The McLean Center for Art and Neuroscience

Supported by

The Mary Elizabeth Conover Foundation Inc

 

Saturday 11:00 - 11:45

The Ultimate Survivors Guide to IVF

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood), Founder of Fertility Fest and veteran of 11 rounds of IVF. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for survival - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with Cat Strawbridge who has just had a daughter after seven years of struggling to conceive and is Co-founder of the popular ‘Live Your Life events’ for the TTC community and Angela Percileous Smith, Chair of BICA (the British Infertility Counselling Association).

The Artists

Jessica Hepburn 

The Experts

Cat Strawbridge

Angela Pericleous-Smith

Saturday 13:00 - 13:45

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF          

Film-director and writer Dee Harvey,creator of the virtual reality film IF, will be talking about why she decided to make a love story about struggling to conceive.  She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with patient advocate and fertility coach Sarah Banks and Dr Srividya Seshadri, Consultant Gynaecologist & Specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery at London’s Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health (CRGH).

The Artist

Dee Harvey

The Experts

Sarah Banks

Dr Srividya Seshadri                                                   

Saturday 14:15 - 15:00

When Plan B Is Meant To Be

Lisa Faulkner, Actress, MasterChef-winning Cook and now best-selling author of her new memoir Meant to Be, will be giving an exclusive talk about her painful IVF journey and how Plan A eventually became Plan B. She will be appearing alongside her doctor, Mohammed Taranissi, one of the world’s most revered and successful IVF consultants who will be sharing his thoughts on how best to approach fertility treatment today, and Professor Jacky Boivin, one of the world’s leading reproductive health psychologists.

The Artist

Lisa Faulkner

The Experts 

Mohammed Taranissi

Saturday 15:30 - 16:15

The Invisible Man: talking about the male experience of fertility treatment

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women and men haven’t been given the chance to talk or even get involved. In fact it’s just been assumed they have the ‘easy bit’ – go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

Actor and Writer Rod Silvers, who recently featured in the BBC Radio 4 series My Name is… about his experience of fertility treatment and childlessness, will be talking about his fight to get men talking which has resulted in his short film England Expects and his play Terry and Jude. He will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by Russell Davis, Fertility Coach, Author & Speaker, and Dr Sheryl Homa, Director of Andrology Solutions.

The Artist 

Rod Silvers

The Experts 

Russell Davies

Dr Sheryl Homa

Saturday 16:45 - 17:30

Solo Motherhood

More and more people are taking control and following their dream of parenthood alone. But it isn’t an easy decision. How do you find a donor? What happens when you decide to go it alone and it doesn’t actually work? And – wow – then a baby arrives and you find you’re a single parent. How do you cope with that?

Journalist and writer Genevieve Roberts will be talking about her new book, Going Solo – My choice to become a single mother using a donor. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by Mel Johnson, Founder of the online solo motherhood support network Stork and I, and Tracey Sainsbury, Senior Counsellor at the London Women’s Clinic.

The Artist 

Genevieve Roberts

The Experts 

Mel Johnson 

Tracey Sainsbury 

Sunday 11:30 - 12:15

The Doctor in the Bedroom     

Gabby Vautier, Theatre Producer and Co-Director of Fertility Fest will be talking about how she and her husband – the award-winning playwright Gareth Farr – transformed their IVF story into the critically-acclaimed play The Quiet House when they were in the hell of treatment (they now have IVF twins). She will then be joined in a discussion and Q&A with Barbara Scott, the leading Reproductive Reflexologist and 2017 Complementary Therapist of the Year, and Dr Irfana Koita from IVF Matters, the UK’s first online fertility clinic.

The Artist

Gabby Vautier  

The Expert

Barbara Scott 

Dr Irfana Koita

Sunday 12:45 - 13:30

The Invisible Man: talking about the male experience of fertility treatment

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women and men haven’t been given the chance to talk or even get involved. In fact it’s just been assumed they have the ‘easy bit’ – go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

Author and TV producer Glenn Barden will be talking about and reading from his novel My Little Soldiers and he will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by patient advocate Richard Clothier, and Clinical Director of Gennet City Fertility Dr Benjamin Abravmov.

The Artist 

Glenn Barden

The Expert 

Richard Clothier 

Dr. Benjamin Abramov

Sunday 14:00 - 14:45

Saying Goodbye – Miscarriage and Loss

If you’ve had to say goodbye to the loss of a dream, whether through miscarriage or the realisation that you can’t make a family the way you’d always thought you would, this special supportive event is especially for you.

Zoe Clark-Coates, best-selling author, TV show host and founder of the Mariposa Trust and Saying Goodbye events with her husband Andy Clark-Coates will be talking about their ground-breaking work, alongside Anya Sizer from the national charity Fertility Network UK who was told she only had a 1 in 125,000 chance of conceiving and is now the mother to two IVF and one adopted children.

The Artist 

Zoe Clarke-Coates

The Experts 

Andy Clarke-Coates

Anya Sizer

 

Sunday 15:00 - 15:45

The Queer Family

The Queer Family is not a new phenomenon. The LGBT community has been making babies and parenting for a long time. But the combination of legalised gay marriage and advances in reproductive science has led to an exponential growth in surrogacy, donation, co-parenting and adoption amongst same sex couples and singles. This event will be a celebration and exploration of the options now available from some of the leading voices in this field.

Film-maker Emma Edwards (Inkydink Pictures) presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK. She will then be joined for a discussion with Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a leading website dedicated to connecting sperm donors, egg donors and co-parents online; and Carole Gilling Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director of Agora Clinic in Brighton & Hove and a champion of specialised fertility treatment for gay, lesbian and trans communities.

The Artist 

Emma Edwards

The Experts

Erika Tranfield 

Carole Gilling Smith 

Michael Johnson-Ellis

Sometimes nature needs a helping hand, give yourself the best chance

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