Connecting through Conversations
Real life stories, workshops, Q&As with special guests
Saturday 21st May 2022, 9.30am-4pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London
I’m delighted to host a day dedicated to forming connections through conversations as we explore using a donor to build your family
Recipient Parent Panel • ‘How Your Family Came To Be. What’s Your Story?’ Workshop with Fertility Counsellor Gerry McCluskey • Donor Conceived Panel • ‘All The Losses We Bear” Workshop with Perinatal Psychologist Julianne Boutaleb • Includes lunch & lots of connection opportunities
To be the first to hear of the next event later in 2023, add your name to the waitlist!
With many opportunities to make connections, listen to stories, ask questions and gain insights, my hope is that you will come away feeling better equipped and informed, comforted and less alone.
The day will be made up of four elements, all of which you’ll have the opportunity to attend. Between each of these sessions there will be lots of opportunities to meet each other as attendees as well as our speakers both over break times and lunch, which is provided for you.
Event Schedule – May 2022 (2023 to be announced)
Recipient Parent Panel Stories and Q&A
Bringing to life experiences of those who have walked this path and are now parenting. Our panel will share their journey to parenthood through egg donation, sperm donation, double donation, surrogacy, as a mixed family. We’ll talk about their reflections and experiences parenting now, with the opportunity for you to ask questions.
David & Eleanor
“How Your Family Came To Be: What’s Your Story?” Workshop
Led by fertility counsellor Gerry McCluskey. Offering the first steps in developing your family narrative for you, your child/ren and loved ones. A chance to reflect on the narrative you have of your own journey to parenthood and practical steps on how to begin to develop that story to share with your child and others who may need to know.
Donor Conceived Panel and Q&A
Bringing to life experiences of those who are donor conceived – we’ll hear their individual stories and consider what can we learn from their experiences to help us in raising our own donor conceived children.
“The Losses We Bear” Workshop
Led by perinatal psychologist Julianne Boutaleb of Parenthood In Mind. Whilst donor conception offers hope to many wishing to become parents, it is also true that this path to parenthood is often considered after multiple losses. From fertility diagnosis through to genetic loss, this workshop will help you reflect on these experiences. The focus will be on helping you better understand and cope with the feelings that come with these losses, and the potential impacts on you, your partner (if partnered) and your DC child.
Venue 2022 (2023 to be announced):
Mary Ward House,
5-7 Tavistock Place,
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