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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 will be 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. 

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“We are really excited to be partnering with The Fertility Show this year. We have long been massive fans of the Show which is such a valuable resource for people who need assisted conception. It’s an unparalleled place for people to get access to the best clinical experts in the field, and now we hope to bring a whole new focus on the emotional experience of treatment as well. Working together in this way we think there’s the potential to create an event that will be truly unmissable in the fertility calendar and help so many people on their fertility journeys.”

Day Time Panel
Saturday 10.30-11.15

The Ultimate Survivors Guide to IVF                                                          Jessica Hepburn                                                                                            Gabby Vautier

Saturday 11.45-12.30

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF                                 Tabitha Moses                                                                                                Dr Irfana Koita

Saturday 13.00-13.45

Miscarriage                                                                                                    Zoe Clark-Coates

Saturday 14.15-15.00

The Queer Family                                                                                          Dr Dimple Devadas                                                                                        Erika Tranfield

Saturday 15.30-16.15

The Invisible Man: the male experience of infertility                                Tom Webb

Sunday 10.30-11.15

The Doctor in the Bedroom                                                                          Sophie Ingleby                                                                                                Sarah Banks

Sunday 11.45-12.30

Solo Motherhood                                                                                          Claire Taylor                                                                                                    Mel Johnson

Sunday 13.00-13.45

The Male Experience                                                                                    Bob Strawbridge

Sunday 14.15-15.00

It's Good to Talk (And what not to say)                                                   Alice Rose                                                                                                      Barbara Scott

Sunday 15.30-16.15

The Ultimate Survivors Guide to IVF                                                         Jessica Hepburn                                                                                            Gabby Vautier

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