Preparing and protecting yourself through pregnancy and beyond

Tuesday 24th May 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.

I’ll be talking 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’ll also cover 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.

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. (Please note that all webinars and live chats are recorded and made available the following day to members within the Paths to Parenthub website and the community app too).

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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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