Useful Links

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The following links are provided for information and convenience only.  A link does not imply an endorsement of a site and not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement of that site.

Midland Fertility cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link. Midland Fertility reserves the right to withdraw a link or refuse to link to any website without providing an explanation or justification.

Any organisation which would like to be considered for inclusion in this useful links section should contact Jill Anthony-Ackery, Midland Fertility communications manager or Lynsey Bissell, communications executive.

ACeBabes

ACeBabes was set up in 1998 to support families following successful assisted conception and to help those families to achieve a positive experience of pregnancy and parenting.

ACeBabes members meet and communicate regularly to discuss subjects such as the intricacies of treatment, the heartbreak of failure along the way and the anxiety of the pregnancy finally achieved.

Contact: 0845 838 1593

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is a charitable trust that supports adoptive families and can provide advice on the adoption process, getting started and where to seek further information about this life changing decision.

Contact: 0844 848 7900

British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)

BICA is the professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK and seeks to promote the highest standards of counselling for those considering or undergoing fertility investigations and treatment.

BICA offers a variety of training and education services to its members and is committed to the total well-being of people with fertility problems before, during and after treatment and of those who choose not to undergo any kind of medical intervention.

BICA was founded in 1988 with a membership from a variety of professions including counsellors, psychologists, nurses, social workers etc.  It was established to represent the interests, views and needs of members involved in counselling people with fertility issues and of professionals in related research. It seeks to address the many practical, social, psychological and ethical issues around the treatment of assisted conception.  BICA is also committed to improving the educational opportunities and training of infertility counsellors.

The Association is a registered charity with its own constitution and guidelines for practice.  Members are expected to adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy or other professional Codes of Ethics.  Administered by an elected Executive Committee and supporting regional groups it is financed through annual membership subscriptions and sponsorship.

Contact: 01372 451626

COTS

COTS was founded in 1988 and has more than 750 members.  It celebrated its 600th surrogate birth in 2007.  It is run without financial gain by people dedicated to helping others through surrogacy.

COTS is NOT an American style commercial surrogacy agency.  Its prime objective is to pass on collective experience to surrogates and would-be parents, helping them to understand the implications of surrogacy before they enter into an arrangement and to deal with any problems that may arise during it.

Membership fees contribute to the administration and day to day running costs of COTS.  Intended parents and surrogates who do not join COTS can only be supported through the message board Public Forum as this is just for general information.  A wide range of support and advice is available to COTS members.

Contact: 0844 414 0181

Daisy Network

The Daisy Network is a registered charity for women who have experienced a premature menopause.  The Daisy Network website provides information about premature menopause and the issues around it.

Premature menopause (also called premature ovarian failure and early menopause) is defined as the onset of menopause before the age of 45 and affects one per cent of women.

The Daisy Network can help any woman recently diagnosed with premature menopause, or who suspects that she may be going through it, or knows someone who may be.

Contact: 0845 122 8616

Donor Conception Network (DCN)

The Donor Conception Network is a group started in 1993 by parents who had decided to tell their children that they had been conceived from donor gametes – eggs and/or sperm – and who came together to support each other.

Approximately 2,200 children are born each year in the UK to women who have conceived following treatment with donated eggs and/or sperm.

Contact: 020 8245 4369

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The HFEA is a non-departmental Government body that regulates and inspects all UK clinics providing IVF, donor insemination or the storage of eggs, sperm or embryos.

The HFEA also licenses and monitors all human embryo research being conducted in the UK.

Contact: 020 7291 8200

Infertility Network UK(I N UK)

Infertility Network UK (I N UK) is a national charity and is the largest network in the UK for those experiencing fertility problems, offering face-to-face and telephone support and information at regional and national level.

Its goals are to help couples make informed decisions throughout the infertility process and to provide them with emotional support. Whatever help is needed, I N UK will try to provide it – even if it is simply showing the way forward.

I N UK continues to seek to reinforce its working relationships and build partnerships with those working within the field of infertility, including those within clinics and hospitals throughout the UK.

Contact: 0800 008 7464

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan cancer support is a UK based charity who help those affected by cancer.  Not only does Macmillan offer support to cancer sufferers but also to their loved ones. The charity guides people through the treatment associated with cancer and offers advice including information on fertility preservation before chemotherapy.

Contact: 0808 808 0000

Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association’s helpline is staffed Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. It responds to around 15,000 calls, e-mails and letters per year from those affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy.

The Miscarriage Association has a UK-wide network of over 150 volunteer telephone contacts who have been through pregnancy loss themselves and can offer support, understanding and a listening ear.

The Miscarriage Association also has 50 support groups across the UK, where people can meet and share their experiences and feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

Contact: 01924 200799 Scottish helpline: 0131 334 8883

More to Life

More to Life is the largest national network dedicated solely to providing a support service to those who remain involuntarily childless.

More to Life, part of I N UK, believes that people who have a life without children, should not feel isolated and alone.  It recognises that individuals and couples have a need to grieve, and offers support to help them adjust to this new time in their lives.

Contact: 0800 008 7464

National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT)

NGDT was set up in 1998 as a national government-funded charity, to raise awareness of, and seek ways to alleviate the national shortage of sperm, egg and embryo donors.

NGDT works with the press, clinics and patients to raise awareness of this need, and to provide accurate and impartial information to potential donors, recipients and health professionals.

NGDT carries out surveys to ensure that the information it provides is accurate and up to date. It can provide a list of all clinics in the UK which treat people with donated eggs or sperm, and also provide lists of all clinics aiming to recruit egg or sperm donors, and clinics recruiting women into egg sharing agreements, donation, egg donors and sperm donors.

Contact: 0845 226 9193

One at a Time

One at a Time is a professionally-led site aimed at reducing the risks of multiple pregnancies from fertility treatment.  It outlines the potential risks to the woman and unborn babies of multiple births as well as offering guidance to professionals dealing with multiple pregnancies, including the guidelines for SET.

It is supported by various professional organisations involved in fertility treatment including ACE, BFS and RCOG.

Quit Smoking Community

Quit smoking community offers online support in the shape of a forum where smokers trying to quit can access immediate 24 hour support.  The website also provides useful tools to enable a smoker to kick the habit for good.

Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association)

The Twins and Multiple Births Association, Tamba, is a nationwide UK charity and membership organisation providing information and mutual support networks for families of twins, triplets and more.

Tamba’s Freephone helpline, on 0800 138 0509, is a national, confidential, support, listening and information service for all parents of twins, triplets and more, and the professionals involved in their care.

Tamba can offer support to anyone expecting a multiple birth.  Visit the website for full details of the benefits available to members.

Contact: 0800 138 0509

Verity

Verity is a self-help group for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  Established in 1997 to share the truth about the condition and improve the lives of women living with PCOS, it currently supports more than 1,000 women.

Verity organises twice yearly conferences where delegates get the chance to hear from some of the UK’s foremost leading PCOS experts.  Verity also publishes a range of information booklets and a twice yearly newsletter full of the latest information and research on the condition.  Additionally, Verity provides a very active discussion board, where women with PCOS can give and receive peer support.

PCOS UK, the medical education arm ofVerity, has been formed to improve the awareness and knowledge of PCOS and related conditions among healthcare professionals in the UK.

Verityis run by women with PCOS who are not medically qualified and so cannot offer specific advice. It is always recommended that professional medical advice is sought.

LU: 30/10/14 LJB