Delayed Dreams: Becoming parents later in life

Tuesday 20th September 2022 – 8pm (BST)

Many needing to use donor conception will be doing so after a long and difficult reproductive journey, one which has meant not only reconceiving the dream of how you become a parent but also when and at what age.

Becoming a parent later in life can bring with it a whole range of worries – feeling selfish for wanting this, worrying about age differences, anxieties about not fitting in with other parents, prying questions from medical professionals, a fixation on health and mortality once a baby arrives and having little opportunity for a sibling.

There can be many losses involved when becoming a parent later on in life, something perinatal psychologist Julianne Boutaleb, Parenthood in Mind will be talking to us about and answering your questions on. We’ll explore how, although there may be intense joy at finally becoming a parent, it is normal for there to be worries that arise as this becomes a reality.


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Speaker Bio

Julianne Boutaleb

Julianne is a highly experienced perinatal psychologist, who has worked for over 17 years in the NHS and in private practice with individuals and couples adversely impacted by infertility issues. As a member of BICA, she lectures and writes on how individuals and couples who are trying to conceive (TTC), pregnant or parenting following ART (IVF, ICSI, donor conception, surrogacy) or adoption may be psychologically affected.

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