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The my future family fertility show returns in september

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My Future Family Fertility Show September 2017

Today we caught up with the My Future Family Fertility Show team to discuss this shows and Alternative Family Week.

In today’s society families are started in many different ways and are made up of many different combinations. The landscape of fertility and the make-up of families is constantly changing and can be difficult to keep up with.

That’s where the My Future Family Fertility Show, taking place on Saturday 23 September at The Grand Connaught Rooms can help.

Established nine years ago, this free event offers a friendly and intimate space with advice from the experts themselves, covering all aspects of fertility treatment.

Building on the success of last year’s event, the show will be running their most popular seminar throughout the day, with exhibitors on-hand to offer confidential advice.

We spoke to the show organisers to find out more.

Future Family Fertility Show

How is your fertility show different?

We listen to feedback from visitors who say the event provides them with a friendly, supportive and an intimate space that helps them find the information they need to make the best choices when starting their family.

Last year’s seminar on fertility treatment through the NHS was hugely oversubscribed, so this year we will be offering more information and advice on this topic.

Experts are available throughout the day to give detailed advice on your situation through confidential 1-2-1 adviser slots, which were praised by both exhibitors and visitors. In 2017 we will also be adding more intimate pop-up presentations to the event.

What can we expect on the day?

We bring together 40 of the top companies offering a range of services including fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies, donor banks for egg and sperm, fostering and adoption agencies, and legal advice.

In addition to the personal advice offered by these companies, we also have networks and support groups offering information and advice.

Our 1-2-1 confidential advice sessions were so popular in 2016, that we have increased them for 2017. These sessions offer a private space for visitors to sit down and have a free and confidential chat with as many companies as they wish, to find one that is best matched to their fertility needs. Outside of the My Future Family Fertility Show, these initial consultations can be costly.

What kind of exhibitors do you have?

We’re proud to confirm that fertility expert, London Women’s Clinic and legal firm, Dawson Cornwell both return as partners of the show this year. The London Women’s Clinic has been the main fertility sponsor of the show since its inception nine years ago and we’re delighted to be working so closely with them again. Dawson Cornwell have also been on board for many years as our legal partner. We’ve also just confirmed First 4 Adoption as our adoption partner, which is proving a popular interest this year.

In addition to our partners we have a wide range of fertility clinics, egg and sperm banks, legal providers, fostering & adoption agencies, surrogacy agencies and community network groups. We believe that choice is important and are proud to have a good range of companies available for every fertility option, whether you’re looking in the UK or internationally.

Quick Fertility Facts

  • Around 12% of all NHS infertility cases are related to weight issues
  • There are nearly 3,000 children in the UK waiting to be adopted
  • There is a six-day window during every menstrual cycle during which pregnancy can occur
  • Your chances of getting pregnant start to drop around 15-25% in your early 30s
  • Not everyone qualifies for NHS fertility support in the UK

What do the seminars offer?

We arrange the seminars to offer a range of information to our visitors. Topics include modern fertility methods, egg-sharing information, help on finding the right donor, advice and information on costs and how to make fertility cost-effective. Our seminars are extremely popular and are always fully booked.

Is there anything else of interest?

We’re working on a fertility exhibition, which will bring an interactive and educational aspect to the show. We know that alternative therapies can play an important part in many people’s journey, so we’ll be showcasing various options and will even give our visitors the chance to try out a meditation pod! We know that when starting your future family, it is as important to be mentally ready, as it is to be physically.

NHS or Private?

There is no right or wrong way to go. Fertility options are different for everyone. It is important to investigate all of the options before deciding which route will work for you.

NHS

Waiting lists on the NHS can be long, and there are certain criteria for qualifying: if you have been trying for a number of years without success (the current requirement is 3 years), have a healthy BMI and are between 23 and 39.

Private

If you don’t qualify for NHS treatment, or you don’t want to wait then private clinics are available, but can be costly. My Future Family can help you with the options. Find out what options are available and read articles and information on the website. If a more personal approach suits you, visit the annual fertility show in Central London on Saturday 23 September. Details of who will be exhibiting at the show on the day can be found on the website.

You’ve rebranded this year, what was the reasoning behind this?

The show has evolved a lot since starting life as the Alternative Parenting Show in 2008, becoming more popular and attracting people from all walks of life who are looking to start a family. From it’s beginnings with a focus on same-sex parents, the show now contains information for single women, older prospective parents, surrogacy – internationally and in the UK, co-parenting by choice and fostering & adoption.

Language has also evolved and we have seen a growing trend for ‘alternative parenting’ to refer to alternative methods of parenting children. As we focus on alternative routes to creating a family, we decided that ‘My Future Family’ was more relevant – after all everyone attending the show has the same goal: to find the best route to create their future family unit.

As well as an annual fertility show, what else do you offer?

The My Future Family website is a year-round resource with many articles and informative articles around the various options available to starting a family using alternative methods.

Throughout the year we work with fertility providers to publish the best advice on starting a family. The show is a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with companies, but we appreciate that this isn’t an option for everyone, so the website is equally as important.

You also created Alternative Family Week. What is that about?

The modern family is no longer based on a traditional family set up. We think this is a positive thing, so we’ve created Alternative Family Week to highlight the different types of family setup that we now see all across the world. Whether it be two Dads, two Mums, one Mum or Dad; single parents; or co-parents – Alternative Family Week aims to educate and celebrate these family types.

Alternative Family Week takes place in the week running up to the My Future Family Show from the 17-22 September. This year, we’re working with P3.Proud.Professional.Parents to run a series of events around LGBT+ Parents. We welcome anyone else with a focus around alternative family types such as single parents, older parents or co-parents to suggest events, which we can support and promote. More information about Alternative Family Week can be found on the website: www.alternativeparenting.co.uk

Alternative Family Week culminates in the My Future Family Fertility Show, a free one-day show which takes place in central London on Saturday 23 September 2017 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn. Entry is free, but pre-registration is recommended.

Get your ticket today: http://bit.ly/FRJul17

Useful links
My Future Family Show www.myfuturefamily.org.uk
Alternative Parenting Week

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Spring into your fertility journey at The Fertility Show Manchester

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Fertility Show Manchester Q&A Stage

One of your new year’s resolutions may have been to start thinking about a family and preparing your mind and body for conception. Heading into Spring is a great time to make a positive step to help you understand how to boost your fertility and explore the best route for you to conceive. And now March is around the corner, which sees the return of the Fertility Show to Manchester.


The Visitor Experience

If you’ve been struggling to conceive, you’re not alone. One in six couples experience fertility problems and finding the right information and advice is essential to set them on the right path to parenthood.

Over a thousand prospective parents from all walks of life and with different experiences of fertility visited the first Fertility Show in Manchester last year. And this year, the two-day event – the UK’s leading fertility show – will take place on 24-25th March 2018 at the Central Convention Complex.

Visitors to the show can expect a variety of fertility experts, clinics, organisations, an extensive seminar programme, help, guidance and advice throughout the two days. The Show aims to provide a platform for those based in the North of England, who are looking to start or extend their family or who are seeking general support or advice. The Show will bring a wealth of support and expertise from local IVF clinics based in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool as well as renowned experts from across the UK and globally.

The Show provides an information hub for fertility, with a unique educational focus and unrivalled access to seminars and Q&A’s with the best minds in the fertility world. Visitors can also have one-to-one conversations in confidence with experts exhibiting at the Show, and leave feeling more able to make informed decisions about their fertility journey.

The Fertility Show’s seminar programme features some of the world’s leading fertility experts speaking on topics such as; how diet and lifestyle can help, the latest treatment options in IVF, alternative routes to parenting including surrogacy and managing your relationship if you experience fertility problems.

The Show welcomes everyone interested in learning more about fertility and for anyone wanting to start a family.

Expert seminars

The diverse and educational seminar programme showcases a carefully selected range of topics presented by independent experts, from both the NHS and private sectors. Visitors can book tickets to listen to some of the UK’s leading fertility experts such as Mr Andrew Drakeley from The Hewitt Fertility Centre, Kate Brian, HFEA, Professor Simon Fishel from Care Fertility and Mr Anthony Rutherford from Leeds Fertility.

30 seminars over the event will cover topics including:

  • Treatment add-ons. Do they add up?
  • Single women? Thinking about having a baby?
  • Options for adoptionFactors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic in the UK and abroad
  • Reduced ovarian reserve
  • What men need to know about their fertility – testing it, boosting it and treating it

Fertility Show Manchester Kate Brian

Put your questions to the experts

The Q&A stage, in association with Fertility Network UK, gives visitors an opportunity to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of experts. This year in Manchester, Jessica Hepburn, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood, will once again host a series of thought provoking sessions including:

  • Patient stories from Fertility Road with editor Tone Jarvis
  • Male infertility panel with Professor Allan Pacey, Head of Andrology for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Mr Marc Lucky, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Olly Kayes, Leeds Teaching Hospital
  • Holistic care during your fertility journey – a nurse panel with Andreia Trigo, inFertileLife, Shiona Johnston, Dumfries House Trust in Ayrshire, Anthea Tween, Care Fertility

Over 4,000 visitors used our recent London and Manchester shows as a place to learn, listen and discover more. Come join us at Manchester to put your fertility questions centre stage!

Supporting people through the fertility journey

Finding trustworthy advice on the issue of fertility is crucial for visitors and The Fertility Show provides a safe and discreet environment where people can get the information and advice they need – all in one place. While some people are happy to speak openly about their fertility experiences, others are naturally more apprehensive. So, for anyone who needs “time out” when they’re at the Show, there are plenty of pop up seating areas and cafes, as well as Fertility Network’s quiet room. Many of the seminars and sessions at the Q&A stage also deal with the emotional aspects of fertility issues which many visitors can relate to. Visitors can seek advice and support from fertility counsellors, former fertility patients and representatives from the industry’s independent organisations such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the British Infertility Counselling Network (BICA).

The Fertility Show has formed a close partnership with Fertility Network UK, the national charity for everyone who has experienced fertility problems. Aileen Feeney, Chief Executive of Fertility Network UK, says:

“The Fertility Shows provides unparalleled access to the world’s leading fertility experts from across the UK and abroad. Fertility Network UK are proud to be part of the show. We are the only UK-wide charity that provides free and impartial advice to people wherever they are on their fertility journey. We hope you come and visit us on our stand (C10) where you can ask us questions and find out about the practical and emotional support we provide.”

The team of experts and advisors from the charity will be on hand again at Manchester to offer advice and support to all those people with questions or concerns about fertility.

Fertility Show Manchester 2018

Fertility Network UK runs an information line on 01424 732 361 which offers free and impartial support for anyone affected by fertility issues.

Get your tickets

Tickets are priced at £10 for each day or £16 for a weekend tickets. Individual seminars can be booked for an additional £3 per session. With a range of exhibitors including doctors, clinicians and fertility experts appearing at the event it will give visitors a cost effective and confidential way to get information first hand, in one place! www.fertilityshow.co.uk

The Fertility Show London is in its ninth year and returns to Olympia on 3rd and 4th November 2018. Watch this space for more information!

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The Fertility Show Returns To Manchester On 24-25th March 2018 For Their Two Day Event

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Tickets are now on sale for The Fertility Show Manchester. Please visit fertilityshow.co.uk/manchester for further information and to book.

New Year often heralds a time for change and for many people this may be the exciting moment when thoughts turn to starting a family. So, as we head into 2018, you’ll want to look at all the options to help you understand how to boost your fertility and explore the best route for you to conceive. For everyone wanting to start a family, The Fertility Show Manchester offers unbiased and balanced advice, information and support to help you on your journey.

The world’s biggest fertility show is set to return to Manchester this year, with the two-day event taking place on 24-25th March 2018 at Manchester Central Convention Complex. Last year, over a thousand people visited the first ever Northern event in the Fertility Show’s long-standing history.

Kate Brian

For the 1 in 6 couples who experience fertility problems, finding the right information and advice is essential to set them on the right path to parenthood. The Show provides an information hub for fertility, with a unique educational focus and unrivalled access to seminars and Q&A’s with the best minds in the fertility world. Visitors can also have one-to-one conversations in confidence with experts exhibiting at the Show, and leave feeling more able to make informed decisions about their fertility journey.

The Fertility Show’s seminar programme features some of the world’s leading fertility experts speaking on topics such as; how to boost your fertility through nutrition and lifestyle changes, the latest treatment options in IVF, alternative routes to parenting such as surrogacy and managing your relationship if you experience fertility problems.

The Show welcomes everyone interested in learning more about fertility and for anyone wanting to start a family.

Expert seminars

The two-day Manchester event includes a diverse and educational seminar programme, with a carefully selected range of topics presented by independent experts, from both the NHS and private sectors. Visitors can book tickets to listen to some of UK’s leading fertility experts such as Professor Adam Balen, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Chairman of the British Fertility Society, Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and Dr Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist from Manchester Fertility.

Geeta and Adam Balen Q&A Stage

Seminars over the two days will cover:

  • The latest treatment options and clinical advances
  • Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic in the UK and abroad
  • Advice on conditions which may affect fertility such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis
  • Treatment add-ons, do they add up?
  • Alternative routes to parenting including donor conception, adoption and surrogacy
  • What men need to know about fertility – testing it, boosting it and treating it.

Put your questions to the experts

Our Q&A stage, in association with Fertility Network UK, gives visitors an opportunity to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of experts. At this year’s London Show in November 2017, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood, Jessica Hepburn, hosted a series of thought provoking sessions. Some of the most popular sessions involved former IVF patients sharing their stories and giving visitors advice from their own experiences. Izzy Judd, author of Dare to Dream, in conversation with Jessica was one of the most engaging and well attended Q&A sessions in London, with Izzy giving a heartfelt insight into her two-and-a-half-year IVF journey. The Fertility Show London also held the first ever nurse panel with fertility nurses answering questions and giving advice about this sometimes difficult journey.

The Fertility Show Q&A Stage

Over 4,000 visitors used our recent London and Manchester shows as a place to learn, listen and discover more. Come join us at Manchester to put your fertility questions centre stage! Supporting people through the fertility journey

Finding trustworthy advice on fertility is crucial for visitors and The Fertility Show provides a safe and discreet environment where people can get the information and advice they need – all in one place. While some people are happy to speak openly about their fertility experiences, others are naturally more apprehensive. So, for anyone who needs “time out” when they’re at the Show, there are plenty of pop up seating areas and cafes, as well as Fertility Network’s quiet room. Many of the seminars and sessions at the Q&A stage also deal with the emotional aspects of fertility issues which many visitors can relate to. Visitors can seek advice and support from fertility counsellors, former fertility patients and representatives from the industry’s independent organisations such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the British Infertility Counselling Network (BICA).

Since the very first event, eight years ago, The Fertility Show has formed a close partnership with the national charity for everyone who has experienced fertility problems, Fertility Network UK. The team of experts and advisors from the charity will be on hand again at Manchester to offer advice and support to all those people with questions or concerns about fertility. Fertility Network UK runs an information line on 01424 732 361 which offers free and impartial support for anyone affected by fertility issues.

Visitor testimonials

“When we attended t he Show, we were just starting out on our fertility journey and wanted to get an idea about clinics and information that was available to us. We really enjoyed t he seminars and found t hem incredibly helpful. By the time t he next Show came around we were already pregnant but still attended anyway.” Miranda and David

“We had our first child through IVF and decided we wanted to have a second, t his is when we visited The Fertility Show 2016. We found t he show really useful and got loads of tips and advice which we’ve used.” Joanne

Just the ticket!

Tickets for the event go on sale in January and the Show looks forward to welcoming thousands of prospective parents. With a range of exhibitors including doctors, clinicians and fertility experts appearing at the event it will give visitors a cost effective and confidential way to get information first hand, in one place!

Please visit fertilityshow.co.uk/manchester for further information.

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We have 10 Pairs of Weekend Tickets To Giveaway for The Fertility Show London

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Tickets are now on sale for The Fertility Show in London.

The two-day Fertility Show which takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017 looks set to welcome thousands of prospective parents through its doors for this unique opportunity to get information, advice and support on fertility issues from the experts under one roof.

The Fertility Show London

Held in association with Fertility Network UK and with Fertility Road Magazine as their new media partners the London show is set to take up residence at it’s regular home at London Olympia.

In the UK, 1 in 6 couples struggle with fertility and the need for information, advice and support is in high demand. The Show is for everyone wanting to conceive. Whether you’re considering IVF, want to find out about egg and sperm donation, surrogacy or travelling abroad for treatment or simply want to know how to boost your fertility, then this event is for you.

The Q&A stage will be returning, chaired by Jessica Hepburn and presents an opportunity for visitors to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of fertility experts throughout the weekend. Located to the far left of the Information Desk, no tickets are required to attend these sessions.

Key issues and hot topics that will be discussed in London include:

Preparing for IVF
Options for adoption
Dealing with recurrent miscarriage
How infertility can affect relationships
Secondary infertility – what you need to know and why it matters
Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Freeing your mind to improve fertility
Treatment Add-ons
Surrogacy arrangements
Legal issues

Please visit https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london for further information. Tickets cost £10 for each day, or £16 for a weekend ticket in advance. Seminars can be booked for just £3 a session.

We have 10 pairs of weekend tickets to give away.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets please enter using the form below. 10 winners will be selected at random from the entries received.

Closing Date midnight Thursday 19th October 2017

T&C’s apply – please see competition rules on the Fertility Show website.

Your details are being sent by email to the managing editor of Fertility Road Magazine.

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