Why we started our free fertility journey project/initiative.
Firstly calling it a project or an initiative always sounded strange to us but what else could we call it? Our Free global IVF offer, win an IVF holiday, have a baby on us? As you can see they all sounded a bit tasteless and never really conveyed what our aims were and still are today.
Our aim was always really simple.
- Provide couples and individual access to fertility treatment at no cost to them.
- Whether they are IVF first-timers or had multiple treatment cycles that may have failed.
- Follow their personal journey from the start to show the world what people faced with infertility go through on a daily basis.
- Share with others the joy that comes with their treatment being successful or the heartache of unsuccessful treatment.
So at the end of 2013 the Fertility Journey Project was launched. We put together our plan to offer our readers something more than just pitches by fertility clinics. To bring the clinics and the patient together and to follow their journey to hopefully becoming parents.
Our Fertility Journey project was started for anyone that has been trying to conceive. We contacted a number of our partner fertility clinics to see if they wanted to be part of our story and provide free treatment to our readers.
What we love about fertility can also be one of its biggest frustrations – that getting to the point of conceiving can involve so many different influences, ideas, theories and actions. So complex is the human body, and so susceptible are we to some of life’s conditions and demands, that there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula, no definite answer or solution.
What remains uplifting though is that every practitioner, expert, author and clinician, no matter how diverse their specialism, has only one goal in mind – to help people make babies.
Yet there has never been a project that celebrates and tracks these fertility journeys through a respectful meeting of minds, where knowledge, time and experience have all been channelled into one showcase, even if those leading names specialise in very different parts of the fertility space.
It’s made possible by the incredible gestures of help offered by a number of our trusted and valued fertility experts in the industry. These are leading lights in Egg Donation, IVF, Egg Sharing, Chinese Fertility Medicine, Fertility Supplements and Nutrition, Fertility Detox, Male Infertility and each has agreed to give up their time across the next 12 months in order to guide an individual or couple through a bespoke and tailored fertility programme.
It is a project we will cover over the course of the next calendar year, following the journeys of selected Fertility Road readers and, at the end, we hope, giving us the opportunity to celebrate some incredible results that we can all take heart, positivity and encouragement from.
Click here to take a look at Ross & Victoria who took part in our fertility journey with IVF Spain
How does the fertility journey project work?
Do I have to pay for this?
No, there is no charge for the year-long treatments that are on offer. Our experts have kindly offered to give up their time for free for the entirety. Generally, couples pay for their own travel expenses but most of the medical costs are covered by the selected partner.
But we should make clear, the time and knowledge our experts are investing is worth thousands of pounds, and we would request that you only apply if you are serious about working with a requested expert for the full duration of the year.
What happens if I’m chosen?
Our selected individuals or couples will be introduced to their specific expert and as part of the journey, Fertility Road will follow your progress throughout the course of the year. That will mean speaking to you regularly and covering one face-to-face consultation with your expert, but we will of course protect any sensitive information, and nothing will be published without the full agreement of everyone involved.
What if I’m interested in more than one expert?
You may apply to one or all of our experts, but we are looking for one individual/couple per expert. And please make sure to give as much detail about who you are and why you feel a year’s consultation would work. This could be the difference between you being selected and missing out.
Our Fertility Journey remains a world-first
At the start of 2014 we launched our Fertility Journey project for the first time. The premise was simple – five renowned industry experts, five couples hoping to explore a route through their fertility challenges. And while two of those who applied are now just a matter of weeks away from giving birth, the experiences of all five have warmed, encouraged and inspired Fertility Road readers.
In May of this year, Fertility Road magazine celebrated the birth of three babies to couples who participated in last year’s fertility journey project.
So now it’s time to launch Fertility Journey 2015, and it’s here that we invite YOU to be a part of this life-changing project.
Through the incredible gestures of our confirmed experts for 2015, we are again able to offer completely free fertility treatment, along with unwavering full-time support from our experts through 12 months and six issues of the magazine.
Furthermore, given that each consultation is worth thousands of pounds, we invite serious applicants only.
And of course, because the project is designed to offer hope and positivity even to those not selected, we request that you allow us to follow your journey throughout the course of the year. That will mean speaking to you regularly, though we can, of course, protect any sensitive information, and nothing will be published without the full agreement of everyone involved.