Thursday 26th January 2023 – 2pm (GMT)
Donor conception is a common route that many LGBTQ+ people will take in order to build their families. However, what is often overlooked are the complex thoughts, feelings and emotions that can come with being the non genetic parent within an LGBTQ+ family. In this webinar, Hayley talks with resident specialist perinatal psychologist, Julianne Bouteleb, about this often unspoken topic, discussing issues around parential identity, and was on hand to answer questions from our members.
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.
Hayley lives in Wales with her wife of 11 years. They have two beautiful children via donor sperm IVF. Her wife carried and they used her eggs. In a twist of fate, Hayley is also a donor conceived person herself. Her parents used an anonymous (sperm) donor to have her as part of pioneering IVF treatment in the 1980s, however she didn’t find this out until much later in life.