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Anonymous Is Not A Name I Know

This week I celebrated two anniversaries. On 1st May it was three months since the publication of my book and six months since my first ever blog. It’s been an incredible time and I finally feel like I might be coming up for air. Coming out about my infertility was...

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Call Me Psychic Part II

Ok, here’s the thing. When I wrote my blog, Call Me Psychic, I was kind of joking. I mean, I didn’t really think I had special powers even though I’d successfully predicted that Holly Willoughby would soon be pregnant. But, now, things are starting to get spooky. In...

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The Chicken or the Egg?

It’s time to talk about eggs. Well it is Easter and as any serial IVF-er knows eggs are where it’s at. So here’s the thing. Women are born with millions of them. But don’t get excited. By the time you reach puberty the figure has dropped to a couple of hundred...

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The Why Factor: Envy

I was recently asked to take part in The Why Factor for the BBC’s World Service. They were doing a programme on ‘envy’ and they invited me and a bunch of other much more interesting and intelligent people to talk about its cause and effect. It’s worth listening to...

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Desert Island Lists

I love lists. Apparently, I’m not alone. Last year I discovered that there’s a regular event in London for list lovers (click here to read about it). I thought about going and then decided against. I’ve got enough lists in my life already – my competitive instincts...

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Giving Up the Ghost

Today is Mother’s Day (in the UK). It would be churlish not to mention it and if you fancy reading my take on the subject do have a look at my inaugural article on Huffington Post. But for my regular Sunday blog instead of focusing on the card I didn’t get, I want to...

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Call Me Psychic

When I wrote my Sunday blog about Holly Willoughby on 17th November last year, I never imagined for a moment that four months later I’d be sitting with her (and Philip the silver fox) on the This Morning sofa. But, call me psychic, I did predict that she’d soon be...

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The Kindness of Strangers

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that two weeks ago I revealed I’d agreed to do a feature on my IVF story in the Daily Mail. Well, I was right in my prediction of the headline: 'Addicted to IVF'. But, oh dear, I wasn’t prepared for...

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Age Matters

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I spent it at the WOW (Women of the World) Festival at the Southbank Centre where I had been invited to join fertility/infertility royalty on my first ever panel debate. The event was chaired by Kate Brian (journalist and...

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Ditch the Dummy

This month I got to do something I’ve never done before - buy a copy of Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine. But, don’t worry fellow infertiles, this isn’t a dreaded pregnancy announcement. It’s just that the magazine has kindly featured my book in their February...

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We all have our shit

This week’s blog is a call to action. Infertility Network UK and the British Infertility Counselling Association are currently conducting a questionnaire on the subject of counselling. If you have attended a fertility treatment at a UK clinic, I urge you to complete...

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My name is Inadequate

Here’s a promise. This is the final blog in which I’m going to mention my book launch which took place at Waterstones Covent Garden on Tuesday night. The last thing I want to do is become a book launch bore. But, truly, it was a great night for infertility. In fact,...

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Standing Tall

For years I kept my infertility a secret. I didn’t talk about it with most of my family or friends. I never took any time off work during my treatment. I was a secret stalker of online fertility forums, reading but never writing.  It was a self-inflicted shame that...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In this month’s edition of Fertility Road magazine, I’ve written an article entitled Fertility Clinics: the good, the bad and the ugly. I should know. I’ve been to nearly a dozen in my time – I could write the Lonely Planet guide to fertility clinics (and they can be...

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A Life Without Labels

Whilst I understand the importance of brand, I don’t want to be labelled. I say this because this week Suzanne Moore wrote a thought-provoking article in The Guardian http://fb.me/1aFtxYG7t in which she said that motherhood, or the lack of it, seems to have become the...

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The Book or the Baby?

I’ve started to wonder whether a book could actually be better than a baby. This week I got a great review from Kate Brian, author of The Complete Guide to IVF, and the scales totally tipped. In fact, the sense of validation made me feel as if my struggle to have a...

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Heaven in a Shoebox

And I’m not talking Jimmy Choo. A while ago my partner and I swapped our big house outside London for a tiny flat in Covent Garden. It’s heaven in a shoebox. The whole living out of London thing was one of our many attempts to conquer our infertility. We thought that...

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Addicted to IVF?

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I know it’s only the 29th of December but there’s nothing I like more than a resolution. I want to be brave enough to make Number 1 on the list: Give up IVF. And if that sounds like IVF is an addiction as much as drugs...

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

In her Christmas blog, Mindful Muma-To-Be quoted from my book, the pursuit of motherhood: 'I long to experience the excitement of the family going out to buy the tree and decorating it to the sound of cheesy Christmas classics… This year we've decided to go away....

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Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn

Jessica Hepburn is one of the UK’s leading voices on fertility and family, as well as endurance sport (even though she doesn’t have children and is the most unlikely athlete). She has become a pioneer in inspiring people to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn’t go to plan.

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