Tuesday 7th June 2022 – 8pm (BST)
After a long journey to finally becoming pregnant after donor conception, we can often be left feeling ‘on our own’ and unsupported to navigate through pregnancy and beyond. There’s huge a shift from the intensive process of becoming pregnant, to now leaving the monitoring of the clinic and heading into mainstream maternity services. It can be triggering having to reshare your story with strangers within a medical environment, often with little or no understanding, dealing with the return of previous loss trauma and ‘scanxiety’ at antenatal appointments and then entering a wider groups of pregnant people within antenatal classes and new baby groups.
In this webinar, I talked all about this shift and how we can prepare and protect ourselves as our pregnancy through donor conception becomes a reality with the brilliant Julianne Boutaleb, Perinatal Psychologist at Parenthood in Mind. We covered the many questions and scenarios that will no doubt be going through our minds as our dream has now become a reality, including those worries that we may not wish to share with others around family resemblances and attachment and bonding.
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.