Heartache, Hope and Happiness is a 10-part audio series exploring journey of four Australian women through infertility, IVF and loss, to pregnancy and eventually parenthood.
Episode 10, True love: The joy of being a mum
Parenthood is an amazing ride and in many ways the joy is heightened for couples who have overcome infertility to have a child. It means they have a different perspective and helps them not take things for granted.
Episode 9, where to next?
In Part 9 of Heartache, Hope and Happiness, ABC Journalist, Emma Siossian, Sarah Chapman, Nicole Shedden and Louise Harper discuss what direction their families took after the birth of their first child, and what factors influenced whether or not they decided to try and have any more children, or embark on further fertility treatments.
Episode 8, Hello baby: Falling in love and surviving new parenthood
The birth of a baby is always a magical time and in Part 8 of Heartache, Hope and Happiness, Sarah Chapman, Nicole Shedden, Louise Harper and Emma Siossian share the feelings of exquisite joy and amazement which surged through them, when they each finally held their precious baby in their arms.
Episode 7, finally expecting
So far in our 10-part series Heartache Hope and Happiness, we've heard about the tough parts of infertility and pregnancy loss. In Part 7 though, it's time to smile, as ABC journalist, Emma Siossian, and the three other women in the series, Nicole Shedden, Louise Harper and Sarah Chapman share the immense happiness, excitement, and fear, they felt when they finally achieved a healthy pregnancy, after trying to get there for so long.
Episode 6, support and solace
Infertility can turn a person's world upside down. Suddenly, a life, which may have been well planned and successful, can feel out of control and as though it's failing. It can lead to feelings of low self-worth, anger, fear, sadness and even guilt, and can result in depression. Going through that, and the pressure of infertility treatments, means people need a lot of support and understanding, which isn't always easy to find.
Episode 5, a turn in the road
There are many cases where infertility is unexplained and there is no apparent reason why a couple can't fall pregnant. Other times there are medical causes, and potential treatments, but sometimes it takes extensive investigations to find the answers. In other cases, there are no answers, but other options become available, such as egg or sperm donation. We explore these issues in Part 5 of Heartache, Hope and Happiness.
We are just about to start our first round of IVF. This podcast offered great insight into the emotional and physical roller coaster of infertility. It is comforting to hear other other people’s happy outcomes despite the heartbreaking journey.
Long overdue podcast that speaks openly and truthfully. Would love to hear an episode on IVF for single women too.
First podcast I've cried in
This is an incredible podcast telling the stories of a few women's long, painful journey to motherhood. The host, Emma, is a superb storyteller, expressing the real emotion behind her personal experience. This podcast talks about loss. It's a great listen.