Big Fat Negative: TTC, fertility, infertility and IVF
Chasing Creation: Living with childlessness
Season 4, Ep. 18
Katy from Chasing Creation (chasingcreation.org) joins Gabby and Emma to talk about her decision to have a hysterectomy, its repercussions and how she is creating her unexpectedly childfree life. Meanwhile, Liz gives advice to someone struggling with the uncertainty of infertility.Sign up to BFN's newsletter at https://www.bigfatnegative.com/newsletter-the-waiting-room.See you in January!Swears throughout.
Maybehood: TTC, childless - or both?
Season 4, Ep. 17
This week we're discussing the state between TTC and childlessness - at what point do you cross over? Gabby and Emma are joined by Annabel from Maybehood (https://maybehood.com/) to discuss it. Meanwhile, Sophie has had her egg collection.Subscribe to our newsletter at bigfatnegative.com.Swears throughout.
Surrogacy after cancer
Season 4, Ep. 16
Kreena Dhiman's story has more twists and turns than Emma's wonky fallopian tubes: having survived cancer and heart failure, she embarked on a surrogacy journey, and - well, we won't give away the ending. She joins us to tell us her jourrrrney, and what happens when everything goes more right than could possibly imagine.Meanwhile, agony aunt Liz gives advice to someone who needs advice on how to keep going.Kreena's podcast is called The Intended Parent and it's available wherever you get your podcasts.Swears throughout.
The infertile midwife
Season 4, Ep. 15
How do you navigate infertility if you have to work with babies, children or - horror! - pregnant women every day? Sophie Martin lost her twins, Cecil and Wilfred, at 21 weeks, and went through gruelling rounds of IVF to get pregnant again. During all of it, she was working as a midwife, helping women to bring their babies into the world. She talks about her journey, and how she coped in her day job. Meanwhile, Sophie is on day nine of her stims.Swears throughout.
When doctors ignore your pain: Dr Belinda Coker on self-advocacy
Season 4, Ep. 14
Gabby and Emma are joined by Dr Belinda Coker, the founder of Your Trusted Squad, to talk about how it feels to be a doctor whose pain is ignored by other doctors, and why she started Your Trusted Squad, her fertility concierge service. Meanwhile, Liz is tackling the thorniest question there is: what's the point? You can subscribe to the newsletter, buy t-shirts and pre-order our book at http://www.bigfatnegative.com.Swears throughout.
Time to talk second babies
Season 4, Ep. 13
By popular demand, Emma and Gabby give you an update on where their heads are at on second babies. TRIGGER WARNING: If this is a point in your jourrrrney where listening to this might be hard, please look after your heart and skip this episode! You have been been warned!Meanwhile, Sophie has received her drugs and is getting ready for her first jab.Swears throughout.
A surrogate speaks
Season 4, Ep. 12
Emma and Gabby are joined by Rachel Westbury, the founder of the Nappy Endings surrogacy agency and a three-time surrogate (of four babies).Meanwhile, Liz is addressing the question of whether or not to do IVF.If you want to listen to Sophie Sulehria's podcast, check it out here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06nxjd.Swears throughout.
Keeping the love alive: intimacy and TTC
Season 4, Ep. 11
This week we are joined by Marissa Nelson, a marriage and family therapist, and (crucially) also a sex therapist, who joins us to talk sex while TTC: can it ever actually be sexy?Meanwhile, we are squee-ing with Sophie about her upcoming IVF round. For those who are interested in the history of Gonal-F and how the Vatican was involved in its development, here's that article: https://qz.com/710516/the-strange-story-of-a-fertility-drug-made-with-the-popes-blessing-and-gallons-of-nun-urine/.Swears from the start, and throughout.
Elle Wright: Feathering the Empty Next
Season 4, Ep. 10
Emma and Gabby are joined this week by blogger and author Elle Wright, whose new book, A Bump in the Road, chronicles the infertility journey she endured after the loss of newborn son, Teddy. You can buy it here.Meanwhile, BFN agony aunt Liz is talking PTSD.No Prof Tim this week - he'll be back in a few weeks.Swears throughout.