MAKING BABIES: A FERTILITY PODCAST WITH ANDREA BYRNE
By Andrea Byrne
Welcome to ‘Making Babies’, a podcast presented by broadcaster Andrea Byrne. Making babies is meant to be full of fun! But it turns out 1 in 6 couples don’t find it so easy. So if you, your partner, your family, your friends or your colleagues need some help navigating the world of fertility, we are here to help you. By hearing from people with a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise, you may not feel so alone. So, let’s talk sex, yes, but also all the other ways of making babies!
News presenter Andrea Byrne is joined by Ruth from The Miscarriage Association and a friend of hers, Danielle, who shares her experiences of losing babies to miscarriage several times. We talk about everything from how many women have them; why people might have them; how hard the process is; what emotions men are going through; and what it means when you do go ahead and try and again. Have a pen and paper handy as there's a lot of info. Perhaps also a box of tissues! I know you'll get so much out of hearing Danielle talk so openly too.
This week two fabulous ladies, Kelly and Dionne, join me on the 'Making Babies' podcast alongside Obstetrician Dr Phil Banfield. Kelly and Dionne talk to me about their experiences of PCOS and endometriosis respectively and how they are nervous about venturing into IVF for the first time. Dr Phil talks us through the science and answers their questions and yours. We also explore secondary infertility. Remember, if you have a question, get in touch: @andreabyrnetv
Ep 2: "Men Matters". Andrea and her husband Lee Byrne (former Wales rugby international) are joined by Kevin Button - also known as 'The Man Cave' and his wife Nicky. Kevin has is building a fertility support club for men using via his social media, after being diagnosed himself with male infertility and suffering hugely with his mental health. Even though 50 % of infertility cases are male factor, it just doesn't get talked about very much. And men supporting their female partners going through treatment tend not to share so much either. So, let's get talking, normalize the conversation, break that taboo and try to change things with this podcast!
How do you respond when you are asked if you have children? What do you do when you are struggling with that christening invite? Is it really a ‘thing’ to be too stressed to fall pregnant? How can you stay positive during treatment?
In this first episode of this podcast, Andrea Byrne is joined by fertility counsellor Wendy Martin and Alice Matthews from Fertility Network UK for a conversation confronting the often unspoken dilemmas that present themselves when ‘making babies’ turns out not to be as easy as it sounds.