Upcoming Webinars

Virtual support has become a way of life since 2020. The beauty of virtual is that it allows you to interact within the privacy of your own home, watch with whomever you wish and access from anywhere in the world! Having previously partnered with Altrui and Apricity to produce hugely successful events, Paths To Parenthub provides monthly webinars focusing on emotional support throughout the entire donor conception journey.

All webinars, live chats and now support group access are included within the membership, with the opportunity for members to submit questions prior to each event creating content and discussion which has been shaped by you. As a member, you will also have access to additional bonus webinars and live chats throughout the year, with many incredible expert speakers already lined up.

Donor Conception and Emotional Health

Tuesday 24th January 2023 – 8pm (GMT)

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.

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Understanding childhood development in the context of donor conception – age 3-6

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 – 8pm (GMT)

Dr Avital Pearlman has spent her career supporting children, families, individuals and couples throughout their fertility journey and beyond. In her work with children and adolescents, she has often worked with children who are donor conceived, adopted or are no longer in contact with a biological parent. Throughout 2023, Avital will be joining me for a series of webinars as we consider the development of identity throughout the different stages of childhood, being mindful of all the factors that contribute to a sense of self and what we as parents can be aware of as we parent our donor conceived children.

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“The gifts of imperfection” in donor conception

Tuesday 21st March 2023 – 8pm (GMT)

We so often focus on the challenges and the fears when it comes to donor conception, which is important, but what about all of the incredible things that have been born out of this path to parenthood. The wonderful Julianne Boutaleb, perinatal psychologist and founder of Parenthood in Mind, will be joining me for a webinar as we talk about the "gifts of imperfection", how it may not be the path we had always imagined we would take, but there is still so much beauty to be celebrated.

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Understanding childhood development in the context of donor conception – age 7+

Wednesday 19th April 2023 – 8pm (BST)

Dr Avital Pearlman has spent her career supporting children, families, individuals and couples throughout their fertility journey and beyond. Following on from our previous session focusing on the younger years, we're going to be exploring how the conversation might change from age 7+ up to the teenage years. We'll touch on how age appropriate language might evolve, how we can keep an open dialogue going with children of this age when that storybooks might not be as prominent and how their understanding and questioning might begin to shift.

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Coping with the waiting and the in-between

Tuesday 20th June 2023 – 8pm (BST)

Waiting is hard. Whether it be on a long and uncertain fertility journey or through pregnancy following a complex path to get there, many can experience heightened stress and anxiety during these times. It can be a time where it's easy to question decisions, wobble and feel doubts creep in. I'll be joined by Julianne Boutaleb, perinatal psychologist and founder of Parenthood in Mind, as we explore how we can help manage the wait. We'll explore why the wait can conjure up more questions and doubts and how we can manage our emotions through this time.

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Understanding childhood development in the context of donor conception – the teenage years

Wednesday 26th July 2023 – 8pm (BST)

For our final session of this series we'll explore the age that I know I hold the most fears about - the teenage years. A time where hormones are dominant, identity formation is more at the forefront and we might expect to hear the words "you're not my real mum/dad/parent" thrown at us at some point, a fear that I've heard many times that can be much more prominent for parents who don't share a genetic link. So what is happening to their development during these years? And what can we do as parents to maintain that safe space and to really understand the developmental phases at this time in their lives?

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Dealing with guilt: how can we be kind to ourselves?

Tuesday 19th September 2023 – 8pm (BST)

One of the biggest emotional challenges I've faced since becoming a parent through donor conception has been the feelings of guilt I've experienced relating to using an anonymous donor to conceive. I wanted to hold this session because I know many others who feel this way too and that there's little support out there as to how to navigate the complexity of emotions when this may lead us to feel more anxiety about how our children may react, regret for taking a choice away from them and even shame, with some online forums placing blame on recipient parents for these choices.

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Living with grief: Do we ever truly move on?

Tuesday 24th October 2023 – 8pm (BST)

Do we ever truly move on from grief? This is a question many of us ask. When it comes to genetic loss, it's very often a grief that we as individuals can grow around, whilst other emotions can co-exist and grow around too. I'll be joined by Julianne Boutaleb, perinatal psycologist and founder of Parenthood in Mind, as we explore what is meant by the phrase 'ghosts in the nursery' in relation to fertility trauma and genetic loss. We'll talk about what might cause unexpected triggers throughout our lives and how we might support ourselves through these if they occur.

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Virtual Member Support & Connection Groups

Our virtual support & connection groups offer opportunities for members to come together virtually to chat and find support with others who are at a similar stage to them. Hosted by someone who has walked this path, they are designed to be a safe space to share your experiences, any feelings you are having and to make friendships with those who truly ‘get it’. 

We now host a variety of sessions each month, with options for different timezones and also for the specific stage of the journey you are at. 

All of these support groups, as well as our webinars and live chats, can be accessed from within our community app.

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