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Meet Our Expert Advisory Board

Jennifer Elworthy
Career & Fertility Coach

Jennifer partners with ambitious and determined women, providing them with the guidance they need to navigate the intricate terrain of balancing career ambitions with fertility concerns and treatment. Using a diverse array of coaching techniques, she empowers her clients to gently regain control of their lives amidst challenging circumstances. Together, they forge a path forward, one that harmonizes their career goals with the intricacies of fertility issues.

Carole Gilling-smith
CEO & Medical Director

Carole embarked on her illustrious journey in medicine by graduating from Cambridge University. Over the course of her remarkable career, she has amassed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the dynamic realm of reproductive medicine and infertility and pioneered bespoke care programs that enable members of the LGBTQ+ community to realize their dreams of starting a family.

James Nicopoullos
Clinical Director at The Lister Clinic

James is a distinguished sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, serving as a Consultant Gynecologist at HCA Healthcare, based at The Lister Hospital. His illustrious career is marked by a profound commitment to enhancing reproductive health and providing exceptional care to his patients.

Melanie Brown
Nutritionist

With a diverse career spanning the health and beauty industry, Melanie made a pivotal shift by pursuing a deep passion for nutrition, embarking on a journey that has positively impacted countless lives since 2002. Her career is characterised by her unwavering commitment to improving fertility, holistic well-being, and the transformative power of nutrition.

Jonathan Ramsay
Male Fertility Specialist

Jonathan is a distinguished fertility expert whose career is defined by a profound commitment to advancing reproductive health and providing hope to individuals and couples on their journey to parenthood. His contributions to the field of fertility extend beyond patient care. He actively engages in research and education, staying at the forefront of the latest advancements in reproductive medicine.

Emma Cannon
Fertility Specialist

Emma is a distinguished fertility expert, renowned author, and passionate advocate dedicated to guiding individuals and couples on their path to parenthood. With over two decades of experience, Emma has established herself as a trusted and respected figure in the realm of reproductive health and wellness.

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February 27, 2024

Ask the Expert Event February: Find out how practising Yoga can boost your fertility

Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Alex Taylor who has been a yoga teacher for over 11 years specialising in fertility and wellness.

Date: 27 February 2024

Time: 7-7.30pm

Host: Jennifer Elworthy, Career & Fertility Coach

Expert: Alex Taylor, Yoga Teacher specialising in fertility & wellness

Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Alex Taylor who has been a yoga teacher for over 11 years specialising in fertility and wellness.  She has been supporting women and men on their fertility journey through wellness days and workshops which help prepare the body for undergoing the physical and emotional challenges of an IVF cycle and fertility treatment.

Coping with infertility is no easy task and the immense disappointment when treatments are unsuccessful can leave you feeling that your efforts towards conceiving are exhaustive.  Studies have shown that low-impact yoga can significantly increase conception success rates in women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. When you are investing significant amounts of time, money and emotion into an IVF cycle, you want to do everything you can to make it successful.

In many cases, Yoga can be the natural technique to enhance fertility when combined with other treatments. It doesn’t directly improve sperm or egg quality but is important for a fertility-promoting lifestyle. In fact, there are certain postures that can help improve your fertility and the overall health and Science supports yoga's role in conception. A study found yoga improved success rates in couples using assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Yoga helps patients with infertility manage complex emotions during fertility treatments

If you are looking to embrace the transformative power of yoga and allow it to support you on your path to parenthood then join us for this essential live event and don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions directly to our expert.

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.

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February 20, 2024

The Safe Space - members virtual community catch up

Join us and Rob Smith, Clinic Director at Aria Fertility, who will be sharing his expertise on everything you need to know about donor conception.

Join us and Rob Smith, Clinic Director at Aria Fertility, who will be sharing his expertise on everything you need to know about donor conception. Whether you're exploring donor conception options or simply seeking more information, donor conception, including sperm donation, egg donation, and embryo donation, often serves as a beacon of hope for many in the LGBTQ community. However, it's essential to recognize that choosing a donor involves careful consideration and understanding of both short- and long-term implications.

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January 23, 2024

Ask the Expert Event: January: Understanding Functional medicine and testing: How fit are you for fertility treatment?

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.

Ask the Expert Event: January: Understanding Functional medicine and testing: How fit are you for fertility treatment?

Date: 23 January 2024

Time: 7-7.30pm

Host: Emma Cannon, Fertility Specialist

Expert: Dr Amalia Annaradnam, GP & Hormone Specialist, and one of the UK’s leading bio-identical hormone replacement therapy specialists

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Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Dr Amalia Annaradnam, a GP and hormone specialist who is passionate about helping patients find root causes to their health concerns and treating naturally whenever possible.  With her unrivalled clinical expertise, Amalia combines a more holistic approach to fertility health.  If you’re having trouble getting pregnant naturally, you’ve been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, or you want to optimise your body before trying to conceive, to increase success of a sustained and healthy pregnancy then it is worth looking at a functional approach to fertility.

Functional medicine and testing are a new branch of medicine which is becoming more and more popular particularly because it focuses on the body as a whole rather than separate organs and systems.  It is an approach that involves finding the root cause of fertility imbalances through a patient-centric and science-backed method. This is done through various investigations via targeted testing.  Amalia will be offering advice and guidance on what you need to consider if you are looking at undertaking functional testing and how you can improve your chances of getting pregnant.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions on anything to do with this form of testing.

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.

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January 4, 2024

The Safe Space - members virtual community catch up

This is a welcoming, confidential, nurturing and judgement free space for women impacted by fertility issues. We hope you can join us to meet other members and gain support from The IVF Network community.

Date: Thursday 4th January 2024

Time: 7-7.30pm

Host: Charlotte Gentry, Founder & CEO, The IVF Network

Expert: Melanie Brown, Nutritional Therapist, Specialist in Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy

Our Members Virtual Community Catch-Up sessions are a safe space for members to connect, share stories, ask questions, and gain support from other members of The IVF Network who know exactly what you’re going through. This month we will be looking at kick starting the new year with a “targeted nutritional plan to help boost your fertility”. We are delighted to be joined by Melanie Brown who is a specialist nutritional expert with over twenty years’ experience working with both men and women to improve their fertility through diet and lifestyle.  Melanie will share her knowledge on how what you eat can affect your fertility and her top tips on how you can boost your fertility through diet.

Nutrition affects fertility in a huge number of ways and it’s important to understand that the food we eat affects all our cells – and that eggs and sperm are no different from any other cell.  If this is one area you haven’t focused on since you started your fertility journey then now is the ideal time to look at implementing a good nutrition plan to support your treatment.  If you are unsure where to start, then Mel can help you understand the specific foods that have been shown to help with the outcome of IVF.  Plus, don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions.

This is a welcoming, confidential, nurturing and judgement free space for women impacted by fertility issues. We hope you can join us to meet other members and gain support from The IVF Network community.

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December 16, 2022
Navigating the emotional pressures of Christmas
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Navigating the emotional pressures of Christmas
December 16, 2022

There are many emotions that accompany infertility, jealousy, anger, grief, depression, sadness and these are often heightened at Christmas time.  We are joined by Alex will share how she has coped with her emotions.  We will discuss how it is important to be kind to yourself and realise you are not alone.  Feeling these emotions are normal and we will share advice on how to cope not just at Christmas but throughout the year.

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor
Panellist: Alexandra Matthews, Marketer and Writer

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November 19, 2022
Reproductive immunology – the role of the immune system in fertility treatment
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Reproductive immunology – the role of the immune system in fertility treatment
November 17, 2022

Reproductive Immunology Testing is an area of fertility treatment that is often used when there has been repeat IVF failures, or pregnancy losses despite good quality embryos. It is considered controversial due to lack of evidence; yet despite this it appears to be on the increase.  We are extremely privileged to be joined by leading expert Professor Hassan Shehata to discuss the role of the immune system in fertility treatment.

Professor Hassan Shehata is a UK based Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Maternal Medicine at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. He is also a Council member at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

During this live broadcast, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask Professor Hassan Shehata any questions you may have.

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

Speaker: Professor Hassan Shehata, Medical Director and Founder, Centre for Reproductive Immunology and Pregnancy Miscarriage Clinic

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November 8, 2022
Reproductive immunology – the role of the immune system in fertility treatment
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Reproductive immunology – the role of the immune system in fertility treatment
November 17, 2022

Reproductive Immunology Testing is an area of fertility treatment that is often used when there has been repeat IVF failures, or pregnancy losses despite good quality embryos. It is considered controversial due to lack of evidence; yet despite this it appears to be on the increase.  We are extremely privileged to be joined by leading expert Professor Hassan Shehata to discuss the role of the immune system in fertility treatment.

Professor Hassan Shehata is a UK based Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Maternal Medicine at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. He is also a Council member at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

During this live broadcast, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask Professor Hassan Shehata any questions you may have.

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

Speaker: Professor Hassan Shehata, Medical Director and Founder, Centre for Reproductive Immunology and Pregnancy Miscarriage Clinic

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November 7, 2022
The pathway: Solo Parenthood
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The pathway: Solo Parenthood
November 8, 2022

We are delighted to be joined by Mel Johnson, The Solo Parenthood Coach and Founder of The Stork and I, to discuss pathways to solo parenthood.

Mel supports women from around the world who are single and keen to ensure they don’t miss out on parenthood, coaching them to feel empowered and in control of their route to parenthood.

Mel shares her own journey with us and offers advice and guidance for those looking at embarking on a solo parenthood journey. We discuss what to consider, the challenges, going through fertility treatment, choosing a sperm donor, and the importance of building your support network.

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October 30, 2022
Celebrating Fertility Week With LGBT Mummies
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Celebrating Fertility Week With LGBT Mummies
October 31, 2022

To celebrate #FertilityAwarenessWeek and our new collaboration with LGBT Mummies, The IVF Network Founder Charlotte Gentry and LGBT Mummies Founder Laura-Rose Thorogood, got together to share their fertility journey, experiences and share their knowledge to help others on their own fertility path.

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October 17, 2022
Understand ICSI - When Should ICSI Be Used?
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Understand ICSI - When Should ICSI Be Used?
October 27, 2022

In January 2022 it was the 30th anniversary of the first birth after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) at Brussels University Hospital.  This session will discuss what ICSI is when it should be used, the process involved, and consider if ICIS is increasing.

We are joined by expert Emma Whitney, Laboratory Manager at The Evewell Clinic and @emmatheembryologist on Instagram.  Emma believes IVF patients should be able to understand what goes on in an IVF laboratory. Her goal is to help patients alleviate some of the stress and anxiety caused by so many unknowns.

“IVF is as much an emotional journey as it is a scientific one. I endeavour to protect the mental well-being of my patients through education and awareness. So, no matter what science offers, every patient is in a better position to deal with the outcomes.”

Chaired by:

Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

Speaker: Emma Whitney, Laboratory Manager, The Evewell Clinic and @emmatheembryologist

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September 13, 2022
Balancing Fertility Treatment and Work
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Balancing Fertility Treatment and Work
September 27, 2022

Chair: Emma Kafton, Founder and Patient Services Director, The Evewell

Speakers include: Jack Gardener, Partner, Phillips Law

Balancing fertility treatment and work is extremely challenging.  The IVF Network is proud to present this live broadcast which will consider the challenges and difficulties of balancing fertility treatment and work, the support needed for employees, not just those going through fertility treatment but their partners, and why it is important and beneficial for companies to support their employees as they go through their fertility journey.

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September 13, 2022
Understanding IVF Add-Ons
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Understanding IVF Add-Ons
September 13, 2022

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

Speakers: Mr James Nicopoullos - Clinical Director and “Person Responsible”, The Lister Clinic and Dr Lynne Chapman, Medical Director and Founder LCRH Ltd

The IVF Network is proud to present this live broadcast on ‘Understanding IVF Add-Ons’ with leading fertility experts Mr James Nicopoullos and Dr Lynne Chapman.  The session will explain the add-ons that may be offered to you, such as an endometrial scratch, time lapse imaging of embryos, and the prescription of steroids, testosterone and growth hormones.  

Our experts will discuss what you need to consider when looking at add-ons to decide which may be beneficial. The session will also explain the HFEA’s traffic light system designed to help patients make informed decisions.

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August 1, 2022
The Power of Gratitude and Intention on a Fertility Journey
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The Power of Gratitude and Intention on a Fertility Journey
August 3, 2022

This live broadcast focuses on how complementary therapy programmes can support you on your IVF journey. Emma Cannon has experience in working with many different therapies in particular acupuncture & putting together multidisciplinary programmes

Maxine Hamilton Stubber is an osteopath who & for many years has worked with mainstream medicine. She now incorporates many different techniques in her work.

Andrew Wallas has many years experience of working with couples with relationship problems. As well as writing a book called Intention. Between them, they have around 90 years of experience.

Chaired by:

Emma Cannon, Fertility Expert & Mentor


Speakers:

Andrew Wallas, An Alternative Strategy for Life & Work

Maxine Hamilton Stubber, Founder, We Own Wellbeing

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February 27, 2024
Ask the Expert Event February: Find out how practising Yoga can boost your fertility
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Ask the Expert Event February: Find out how practising Yoga can boost your fertility
February 27, 2024

Date: 27 February 2024

Time: 7-7.30pm

Host: Jennifer Elworthy, Career & Fertility Coach

Expert: Alex Taylor, Yoga Teacher specialising in fertility & wellness

Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Alex Taylor who has been a yoga teacher for over 11 years specialising in fertility and wellness.  She has been supporting women and men on their fertility journey through wellness days and workshops which help prepare the body for undergoing the physical and emotional challenges of an IVF cycle and fertility treatment.

Coping with infertility is no easy task and the immense disappointment when treatments are unsuccessful can leave you feeling that your efforts towards conceiving are exhaustive.  Studies have shown that low-impact yoga can significantly increase conception success rates in women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. When you are investing significant amounts of time, money and emotion into an IVF cycle, you want to do everything you can to make it successful.

In many cases, Yoga can be the natural technique to enhance fertility when combined with other treatments. It doesn’t directly improve sperm or egg quality but is important for a fertility-promoting lifestyle. In fact, there are certain postures that can help improve your fertility and the overall health and Science supports yoga's role in conception. A study found yoga improved success rates in couples using assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Yoga helps patients with infertility manage complex emotions during fertility treatments

If you are looking to embrace the transformative power of yoga and allow it to support you on your path to parenthood then join us for this essential live event and don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions directly to our expert.

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.

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January 23, 2024
Ask the Expert Event: January: Understanding Functional medicine and testing: How fit are you for fertility treatment?
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Ask the Expert Event: January: Understanding Functional medicine and testing: How fit are you for fertility treatment?
January 23, 2024

Ask the Expert Event: January: Understanding Functional medicine and testing: How fit are you for fertility treatment?

Date: 23 January 2024

Time: 7-7.30pm

Host: Emma Cannon, Fertility Specialist

Expert: Dr Amalia Annaradnam, GP & Hormone Specialist, and one of the UK’s leading bio-identical hormone replacement therapy specialists

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Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Dr Amalia Annaradnam, a GP and hormone specialist who is passionate about helping patients find root causes to their health concerns and treating naturally whenever possible.  With her unrivalled clinical expertise, Amalia combines a more holistic approach to fertility health.  If you’re having trouble getting pregnant naturally, you’ve been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, or you want to optimise your body before trying to conceive, to increase success of a sustained and healthy pregnancy then it is worth looking at a functional approach to fertility.

Functional medicine and testing are a new branch of medicine which is becoming more and more popular particularly because it focuses on the body as a whole rather than separate organs and systems.  It is an approach that involves finding the root cause of fertility imbalances through a patient-centric and science-backed method. This is done through various investigations via targeted testing.  Amalia will be offering advice and guidance on what you need to consider if you are looking at undertaking functional testing and how you can improve your chances of getting pregnant.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions on anything to do with this form of testing.

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.

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December 12, 2023
Ask the Expert – Emotional Support for couples during the holidays with Emma Cannon, Fertility Specialist
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Ask the Expert – Emotional Support for couples during the holidays with Emma Cannon, Fertility Specialist
December 12, 2023

Date: 12 December 2023

Time: 7-7.30pm (30 mins)

Host: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network

Expert: Emma Cannon, Fertility Specialist

In the latest in our Ask the Expert series we will be looking at yow to get through the festive season when you are struggling with your fertility and what emotional support is needed. We are delighted to be joined by leading fertility specialist and IVF Network advisory board member, Emma Cannon.

The festive season can be particularly difficult if you're facing infertility issues or struggling to conceive.  Balancing a fertility journey and festive festivities isn’t always easy, and it can feel lonely and isolating - but it can be done!  Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility experts and get coping tips and advice.  Emma will share her suggestions on how to get through December while facing fertility challenges and guide you through her pragmatic coping mechanisms for men and women whatever stage you are at in your fertility journey.

The holidays can amplify all of your insecurities and anxiety about struggling to conceive – but help is on hand. The IVF Network has a whole host of information designed to help you navigate every stage of your journey.  Ask the Expert is for you to get the answers you need from the experts.

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November 21, 2023
Ask the Expert Event: November: Travelling for IVF Treatment – what you need to know now!
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Ask the Expert Event: November: Travelling for IVF Treatment – what you need to know now!
November 21, 2023

Date: 21 November

Time: 1-1.30pm

Host: Jennifer Elworthy, Career & Fertility Coach and IVF Network Advisory Board Member

Expert: Andrew Coutts, Chief Executive Officer, International Fertility Company

Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. This month we are thrilled to be joined by Andrew Coutts who has worked in the fertility space for over 12 years.  He set up the International Fertility Company five years ago and has visited over 200 fertility clinics worldwide.  In the last year alone IFC has supported patients from over 140 countries who sought advice about travelling for treatment.

Andrew will be sharing his own story and offering advice and guidance on what you need to consider if you are looking at traveling for your IVF treatment.  In recent years, more and more couples are seeking treatment overseas and there are plenty of issues to understand and navigate.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your questions on anything to do with accessing fertility treatment abroad.

Fertility treatment can be challenging regardless of where you are and what stage or age you are, but our experts are here to help and support your journey by answering the questions that are important to you.  

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October 24, 2023
Ask the Expert – East meets West in Reproductive medicine: The use of acupuncture and herbal therapies to help improve your fertility & pregnancy outcomes with Mike Berkley
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Ask the Expert – East meets West in Reproductive medicine: The use of acupuncture and herbal therapies to help improve your fertility & pregnancy outcomes with Mike Berkley
October 24, 2023

Date: Tuesday 24 October

Time: 7pm-7.30pm (30 mins)

Chair: Emma Cannon

Expert: Mike Berkley, Founder & Director, The Berkley Centre for Reproductive Wellness & board-certified herbalist and licensed acupuncturist

In the latest in our Ask the Expert series we are delighted to be joined by leading holistic therapy and acupuncture expert, Mike Berkley.

Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.  Mike will share his story in overcoming fertility issues and his expertise in the use of and benefits of herbal, acupuncture and holistic treatments to help with reproductive disorders.   He will explain how acupuncture, herbs and low-light work and what they can and can’t do.  Mike will also discuss how to integrate these treatments into your journey regardless of the stage you are at or what issues you might have encountered.

There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to mike not just on how an east meets west approach can help you but also any fertility questions you have for him on this important topic.

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September 26, 2023
Ask the Expert – Preserving your fertility with egg freezing with Dr Irfana Kiota
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Ask the Expert – Preserving your fertility with egg freezing with Dr Irfana Kiota
September 26, 2023

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network

Leading Expert: Dr Irfana Kiota FRCOG, Fertility Consultant & Director, IVF Matters

In the latest in our Ask the Expert series we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Dr Irfana Kiota. Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.  

Irfana will share her expertise on preserving your fertility through egg freezing.  She will dispel the misconceptions about women who want to freeze their eggs and talk through the process and what is involved.  It is a lot easier than many think and as awareness is growing about this procedure as a real option for all women, this is a great opportunity to understand where to start and how it can improve your chances in having a baby.

There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Irfana not just on accessing the right experts to support your journey but any fertility questions you have for her on this important topic.

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August 17, 2023
Ask the expert: Your IVF Journey: Getting the right support from the right experts
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Ask the expert: Your IVF Journey: Getting the right support from the right experts
August 17, 2023

Ask the Expert: Emma Cannon, Fertility & women’s health expert & Founder of the Emma Cannon Clinic Thursday 17th August 7:00pm – 7:45pm Virtual Live Session

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, CEO & Founder, The IVF Network

Leading Expert: Emma Cannon, Fertility & women’s health expert & Founder of the Emma Cannon Clinic.

For this month’s Ask the Expert we are delighted to be joined by Emma Cannon, Fertility & women’s health expert & Founder of the Emma Cannon Clinic. Our Ask the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Emma Cannon is a fertility mentor, advisor, acupuncturist and author of 5 books on Fertility. Emma has been supporting individuals and couples on the path to becoming parents for over 25 years; her aim is to help people to become parents from a place of health and balance. Emma works in a unique integrated way that combines the best of modern research, treatments and diagnostics with complementary therapies and traditional practices. She also has a special interest in immunology and the role the immune system has on fertility and also the impact of trauma, past and present. Emma holds a bachelor of Science Degree and is a member of The British Acupuncturist Council.

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July 6, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Phoebe Babbington, Deputy Laboratory Manager at Care Fertility
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Talk to the Expert: Phoebe Babbington, Deputy Laboratory Manager at Care Fertility
July 6, 2023

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by Phoebe Babbington, Deputy Laboratory Manager at Care Fertility.

Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.

Phoebe Babbington completed her embryology training in the NHS in Manchester. Here she graduated from the Scientist Training Programme as Registered Clinical Embryologist in 2015. Since then she has worked for CARE Fertility, in both their Tunbridge Wells and London clinics. After a few years in the London clinic Phoebe become a biopsy practitioner, and more recently promoted to the Deputy Lab manager in 2021. The lab she works in does approximatley 800 cycles per year, of which a large proportion of patients have PGT-A cycles.

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June 20, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Sara J Matthews, Gynaecology and Fertility Consultant
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Talk to the Expert: Sara J Matthews, Gynaecology and Fertility Consultant
June 20, 2023

Tuesday 20th June 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Virtual Live Session

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network
Leading Expert: Sara J Matthews, Gynaecology and Fertility Consultant

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert Sara J Matthews. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.

Sara J Matthews has one of the broadest experiences of all consultants in the UK in the field of Fertility Medicine, having worked in a number of the largest, most established and highly regarded fertility units in the country.

Miss Matthews trained with Sir Robert Winston at the Hammersmith hospital in London, then in Leeds at the General infirmary and St James University teaching hospitals, where she did her Masters degree. RCOG subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery followed at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Miss Matthews was an undergraduate tutor for several Cambridge colleges, and continued her IVF training at the famous Bourn hall clinic.

Subsequent consultant positions include clinics in both the NHS and private sectors: ISIS fertility clinic (now Bourn Hall) in Colchester, The Bridge Centre in London, The London Fertility Clinic, and CRM London (now CARE London).

Miss Matthews became the youngest Medical Director of an IVF unit in the UK when she was appointed at the Homerton Foundation University NHS Hospital Trust in London in 2005.

She is now based solely at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children in London, where she has had her own very successful independent practice since 2008.

Miss Matthews is a senior gynaecologist as well as a fertility specialist. She trained in psychiatry and genitourinary medicine, holds the MSSVD certificate for the management of STIs, and is a qualified Forensic Medical Officer (trained in the assessment and care of victims of sexual assault). She is an advanced laparoscopic surgeon (MAS level 2), and certified aesthetic gynaecologist.

A number of TV and radio programmes, and national women’s magazine articles have included Miss Matthews over the years, and she made headline news worldwide last year as the doctor responsible for the first woman to have a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue that had been frozen before puberty. She continues to be involved in cutting edge research in this exciting area of fertility preservation.

Ongoing research projects at the clinic include the use of poppy seed oil infusions (lipiodal) to improve implantation for women having IVF, and the efficacy of radio frequency treatment (ThermiVa) to treat vaginal dryness in women with breast cancer on Tamoxifen.

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May 23, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Fertility Over 40 with Ed Coats and The Evewell
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Talk to the Expert: Fertility Over 40 with Ed Coats and The Evewell
May 23, 2023

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert Ed Coats. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Ed Coats will share his advice on Fertility over 40.

There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Ed Coats.

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March 31, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Endometriosis & Chinese Herbal Medicine with Andrew Flower
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Talk to the Expert: Endometriosis & Chinese Herbal Medicine with Andrew Flower
March 31, 2023

Friday 31st March

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

Leading Specialist: Andrew Flower PhD, Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, Teacher at White Crane Academy

We are delighted to be joined by leading Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine expert, Andrew Flower who will share his expertise on how Chinese Herbal Medicine can support those with Endometriosis.

Andrew Flower has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) since 1992. On graduating he gained a wide range of experience working in private practice, and within the UK National Health Service and voluntary sector working with people with HIV/AIDS and with drug and alcohol addictions.

He is a past President of the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and has advised the European Herbal Traditional Practitioners Association on developing research strategies in Europe.

In 2009 Andrew completed his PhD at The University of Southampton exploring the role of Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of endometriosis.

He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers relating to Chinese medicine research, including two Cochrane systematic reviews.

He co-ordinated an EU project that prepared guidelines to improve the quality of clinical trials into Chinese medicine.

In 2011 he was awarded a 5 year NIHR Post doctoral Fellowship to investigate Chinese herbs for the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) that has resulted in the RUTI trial that started recruiting in Feb 2016.

He has a special interest in providing supportive treatment for people with cancer.

He is a Founding member of the White Crane Academy of CHM and is passionate about the therapeutic potential of herbal medicines and the importance of rigorous training to ensure this potential is realised.

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March 20, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Implantation Failure with Dr Simone Rofena
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Talk to the Expert: Implantation Failure with Dr Simone Rofena
March 20, 2023

Monday 20th March 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Virtual Live Session

Chair: Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor
Leading Specialist: Dr Simone Rofena, Medical Director, Zita West

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Dr Simone Rofena. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Dr Rofena will share his expertise on implantation failure. There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Dr Rofena not just on implantation failure but any questions you have for him on your fertility journey.

''Working in medicine, you can live a life focused on the sadder side of human existence, such as death and illness. I’ve always felt incredibly lucky that I chose, some 20 years ago, to focus on fertility and IVF, as I work in the side of medicine that is about life.

Since I started working in IVF, there haven’t been that many major breakthroughs scientifically. Drugs and techniques have improved but there hasn’t been anything radical that has shaken up the industry.'' - Dr Simone Rofena

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March 15, 2023
Talk to the Expert: 40 years of supporting Fertility journeys and The stuff you really need to know with Professor Charles Kingsland
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Talk to the Expert: 40 years of supporting Fertility journeys and The stuff you really need to know with Professor Charles Kingsland
March 15, 2023

Wednesday 15th March 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Virtual Live Session

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network
Leading Specialist: Professor Charles Kingsland, Clinical Director, CARE Fertility

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Professor Charles Kingsland. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Professor Charles Kingsland will share advice and support from his 40 years experience in fertility. There will be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Professor Charles Kingsland.

After fertility training in Cambridge and London in the late 1980s, Charles Kingsland founded the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool with the aim of providing the highest quality NHS service within the United Kingdom.

Charles has become one of the world’s outstanding fertility specialists. As media spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Charles appears regularly on Television and Radio programmes and is in high demand as a public speaker. A BBC documentary of his work in Liverpool was broadcast in 2014.

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March 1, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Preimplantation Genetic Testing with Stuart Lavery
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Talk to the Expert: Preimplantation Genetic Testing with Stuart Lavery
March 1, 2023

Wednesday 1st March, 7:00pm – 7:45pm

Virtual Live Session

Leading Specialist: Stuart Lavery MBBCh MSc MRCOG, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Honorary Associate Professor UCLH, Aria Women’s Health

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network

For this weeks Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Mr Stuart Lavery. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Stuart Lavery will share his expertise on preimplantation genetic testing. There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Mr Lavery not just on preimplantation genetic testing but any questions you have for him on your fertility journey.

Stuart Lavery is a leading London-based consultant in gynaecology, reproductive medicine, and surgery at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals in London. Stuart Lavery leads the Preimplantation Genetic Testing team and the Fertility Preservation Service.

Stuart was a founding partner of The Fertility Partnership, the largest provider of assisted conception services in the UK, with eleven clinics.

Join us here: https://www.theivfnetwork.com/ivf-network-members/live

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February 21, 2023
Talk to the Expert: The journey to parenthood for LGBTQ+ people
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Talk to the Expert: The journey to parenthood for LGBTQ+ people
February 21, 2023

Tuesday 21st February, 7:00pm – 7:45pm

Virtual Live Session

Leading Specialist: Carole Gilling-Smith, CEO, Founder & Medical Director, The Agora Clinic

Chair: Michael Johnson-Ellis, Founder, Two Dads UK

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Carole Gilling-Smith, CEO, Founder & Medical Director, The Agora Clinic. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. Carole Gilling-Smith will discuss The journey to parenthood for LGBTQ+ people. There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Carole Gilling-Smith on your fertility journey.

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February 16, 2023
Talk to the Expert: Male Infertility with James Nicopoullos
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Talk to the Expert: Male Infertility with James Nicopoullos
February 16, 2023

For this months Talk to the Expert we are delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, James Nicopoullos. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists. James Nicopoullos will share his expertise on Male Infertility. There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Mr Nicopoullos not just on male infertility but any questions you have for him on your fertility journey.

James Nicopoullos joined The Lister Fertility clinic in 2008. He graduated from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1996, before training predominantly in London. Through this time, he trained under a number of eminent consultants specialising in reproductive medicine that fuelled his interest in the field. He undertook an MD research thesis in “the effect of sperm aneuploidy and DNA fragmentation on ICSI outcome” at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, where he also completed his subspecialist training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery.

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January 11, 2023
Talk to the Expert with Dr Lynne Chapman
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Talk to the Expert with Dr Lynne Chapman
January 11, 2023

Talk to the Expert with Dr Lynne Chapman
Wednesday 11th January

Chair: Charlotte Gentry, Founder, The IVF Network
Leading Specialist: Dr Lynne Chapman, Reproductive Medicine Consultant

For the first of our Talk to the Expert series for 2023 we were delighted to be joined by leading fertility expert, Dr Lynne Chapman. Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.

Dr Chapman will share her expertise on a wide range of fertility topics including IUI, previously failed IVF cycles, low ovarian reserves and recurrent pregnancy loss. There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Dr Chapman on your fertility journey.

Throughout her career, Reproductive Medicine Consultant Dr Lynne Chapman, MBBS BSc (Neuro) MRCOG, has been at the forefront of assisted conception and fertility science.

During that time, she has guided thousands of couples and families on their journey to conception with IVF, egg freezing, sperm and egg donor services, and fertility therapies.

She works in collaboration with leading laboratories and multidisciplinary teams including andrology, surgery, medical and obstetrics experts to provide outstanding personal and clinical care at every step of the journey.

Lynne is also proud to work with some of the UK’s foremost providers of complementary fertility therapies including dieticians, acupuncturists, counsellors and more.

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November 1, 2022
Talk to the Expert: How EFT can support you on your fertility journey
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Talk to the Expert: How EFT can support you on your fertility journey
November 1, 2022

Our Talk to the Expert sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions directly to our leading fertility specialists.

Expert Emma Roberts will share her expertise on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and how it can support you on your fertility journey.  There will then be plenty of time for you to ask your questions to Emma.

EXPERT : Emma Roberts, EFT Founding Master and Master Trainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner, co-founder of The EFT Centre

CHAIR : Emma Cannon, Fertility Mentor & Advisor

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