Donor Conception and Emotional Health

Tuesday 31st January 2023 – 8pm (GMT)

Complex fertility journeys, loss and navigating a new path to parenthood can have a huge impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. One the questions I’m often asked is – how do I know if I need to seek professional, one-to-one support through counselling or therapy? We’re going to be discussing the impact that donor conception can have on our mental health and how we can become more aware of when we might need to seek more support.

I’ll be joined by two of my brilliant resident speakers, Angela Pericleous-Smith, fertility counsellor and Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association and Julianne Boutaleb – a perinatal pscyhologist and founder of Parenthood in Mind, which specialises in supporting individuals and couples on their paths to parenthood.

We’ll explore when and how to seek more support, what to expect in a counselling session, what the typical costs might be, what additional types of therapy might be helpful and the benefits of having some one-to-one professional support.

As with all Paths to Parenthub webinars, members have the chance to shape the conversation by submitting your questions ahead of the webinar and on the night, I hope you will join us there.

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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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Speaker Bio

Angela Pericleous-Smith

Angela is Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and has practised as a specialist fertility counsellor for almost 20 years. Angela offers support, therapeutic and implications counselling to couples and individuals exploring their fertility and considering assisted conception or fertility preservation.

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