I'm a transdisciplinary artist currently in my final year of a master's degree in Visual and Media arts and Feminist Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. I'm also an infertile woman, who with my husband, went through 5 cycles of IVF and 2 inseminations and never became pregnant.
Lesley Pyne has been supporting childless women for many years. She is a passionate supporter of More to Life and a former Trustee for Fertility Network UK. In her recently published book, ‘Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness: Inspiring Stories To Guide You To A Fulfilling Life,’ she drew on her experience as a trained NLP Master Practitioner and coach.
Sofia Gameiro is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. She has degrees in Mathematics – Computer Science and Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology. Sofia has been conducting research on the psychosocial aspects of infertility for over ten years.
Does Motherhood Make You Happy
Jessica Hepburn has become one of the UK’s leading patient voices on fertility and infertility. Having been through eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF she is the author of two books The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood. She is also Director of Fertility Fest, the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies.
CHILDLESS WOMEN TAKE OVER THE RADIO!
This Sunday 12-2pm - Listen to GW Facilitator Lauren de Vere of Gateway Women on Amy Dean's 'This Life' Radio Show talking about finding her joy again after involuntary childlessness and a failed adoption process.
Make our NHS hospital wards and waiting rooms across the UK infertile friendly
There are 3.5m people affected by infertility in the UK. Yet their experience of our hospitals & surgeries only add to their grief and pain. Women who have suffered miscarriage, hysterectomies, gynae operations etc are placed in maternity wards/waiting rooms surrounded by pregnant women & babies.
As part of World Childless Week Jody Day will be hosting a free webinar on Finding Acceptance & Moving Forward. Jody Day is the founder of Gateway Women and the author of "Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children"
We can reflect on how we have Moved Forward since last year’s World Childless Week.
Self doubt is a hard thing to shake and we can all be our own worse critics. Life can be full of many reasons to doubt our worth but despite our own judgements on our childlessness "we are ALL worthy".
If you would like to make a submission, suggest an idea or ask for more details, please get in touch
(All submissions can be anonymous or fully accredited)
Jody Day, the global thought leader on involuntary childlessness presents a talk to coincide with World Childless Week. Jody Day is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women, and the author of 2016’s Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children (Bluebird/PanMac).Jody's a founding and board member at AWOC.org (Ageing Without Children), a former Cambridge Judge Business School Fellow in Social Innovation, a TEDx and keynote speaker and a trainee integrative psychotherapist. She appears regularly in the media and in 2013 was chosen by the BBC as one of '100 Women' to represent 100 years of feminism.
Jody is also a World Childless Week champion.
This talk is hosted by the Cotesbach Educational Trust and tickets must be reserved here.
Steph and Berenice are in London and would love to meet up with World Childless Week supporters. We'll be in the lovely surroundings of The Betjeman Arms at St Pancras, only a short hop from Kings Cross so easy for transport connections from 2pm. We'd love to meet you, talk about all things WCW. Please RSVP to Berenice
On Tuesday 11th Septemeber Stephanie Phillips and Berenice Smith will be making their way to London. They will be guests on Soho Radio with Bibi Lynch and talking all things World Childless Week.
This years letters will be addressed to the children we never had; our unborn children. We will share anything that resonates in our hearts.
Tell our stories and educate the world. These are our facts and figures.
Your invitation to join Dr Robin Hadley and Michael Hughes for a frank 1-hour conversation about male childlessness. This will be a men-only space and conversation. It will be recorded but your name will not be visible on the recording and your video will be off (unless you choose to turn it on) to protect your anonymity.
Several people have very kindly approached me and offered to donate some of their books, music and artwork to give away for World Childless Week.
You are welcome to enter as many or as few of the competitions as you wish.
I have set the competitions up in a way to ensure your anonymity. The personal details you do provide will only be forwarded to the prize givers if you win.
All winning answers will be announced during World Childless Week
Enter the competition here
Join Steph and the WCW team with More to Life to talk all things World Childless Week on a Zoom chat.
In this webinar, Jody will talk about how the grief of childlessness is not recognized, understood or supported by our culture and how this can lead to painful problems in our day-to-day lives: at work, in our family of origin, around other people’s children, in our friendships, with our partner (if we have one) and in our internal world.
Art at ESHRE: Fertility Fest 2018
ESHRE is delighted to welcome Fertility Fest - the world’s firsts arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies.
Founded in 2016 by Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier, professional arts producers and former IVF patients, the festival’s work has already been making an international impact.
Ageing without Children campaigns for recognition of the issues affecting people ageing without children and offers advice and support on how to plan for a later life through its online group and local groups.
As we head into Spring Russell will be looking at ways to refind your passion for life. How do you find your mojo for life when you’ve lost it? How do you get clarity on what you want in life when you can’t have the thing to you want?
What does it feel like to be the parent of a child who is never born? A baby that was only a dream, an expectation or just a cluster of cells that strived but didn’t survive? The number of people entering their forties childless by circumstance has doubled in a generation.
For a long time it seemed as if involuntarily childlessness had a hidden face. But that’s all changing. Tonight a host of special guests will be introduced and interviewed on stage by Catherine Strawbridge of the national charity Fertility Network UK.
Join Rosalind to discover her 6 Step Plan for being happy and peaceful after childlessness. And learn more about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, commonly known as “tapping”) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) and how you can use them for yourself, to change the way you feel.