11 episodes

A post-IVF exploration into the alternative ways to become parents.

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A post-IVF exploration into the alternative ways to become parents.

    Ep10. The Road Ahead

    Ep10. The Road Ahead

    Sophie Sulehria is a BBC Reporter. She and her husband Jonny started trying for a baby in 2013 and after being told they couldn't conceive naturally. The couple begun IVF treatment in April 2014. A little over three years and £40,000 later they embarked on what they felt would be their last chance at IVF. Sophie and Jonny have been chronicling their efforts to find an alternative way to become a family, including reports on egg donation, foreign adoption and fostering to adopt. In this, the final episode, they reflect on the journey so far, and discuss what their future options are. They talk to Eddie Mair, former presenter of the PM presenter on Radio 4.

    • 19 min
    Ep9. Friends and Family

    Ep9. Friends and Family

    Facing a fertility condition is often painful and all consuming. Not just for the people suffering, but for their wider circle watching on. In this episode, Sophie and Jonny consider the effect their quest has had on their friends and families.

    • 19 min
    Ep8. A Child Free Life

    Ep8. A Child Free Life

    Sophie and Jonny have been considering alternative ways to have a baby after facing six rounds of unsuccessful IVF. In this episode they explore how they might feel about not having a child at all and meet various people who have found themselves involuntarily childless.

    • 20 min
    Ep7. Fostering with a View to Adopt

    Ep7. Fostering with a View to Adopt

    Sophie and Jonny are considering alternative ways to have their family. So far they've looked at egg donation and adoption from both here and overseas. In this episode they consider the process of fostering to adopt and meet two women who have done it, with very different outcomes. This exploration goes some way to dividing the couple.

    • 20 min
    Ep6. Adoption from Overseas

    Ep6. Adoption from Overseas

    BBC reporter Sophie Sulehria and her husband Jonny have been sharing their journey of trying for a baby. So far they’ve considered egg donation and adoption, but what about adopting from abroad? In this episode Sophie meets a woman who adopted her daughter from India, a woman who was adopted from India, and learns about the stringent rules and regulations surrounding adopting from overseas.

    • 20 min
    Ep5. The Male Factor

    Ep5. The Male Factor

    Talk of the struggle to have children often centres around women. But how do men deal with the pain of fertility problems? Jonny meets two men, Sheridan and Michel, who have been through similar experiences with their partners.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

NJD2018 ,

So interesting

Thank you for making this and I hope you get your happy ending.

Emmaline Williams ,

So relatable!

Listening to this journey I can 10000% relate as I have the exact same condition and even used the same clinic for my ivf rounds!
So informative and emotional but the reality and a real account of this horrendous journey. Only bit of information that I was hoping to hear about that wasn’t covered was surrogacy as that also is another option so hoping there will be another podcast on this. Fingers crossed! But still very inspiring to listen to and highly recommend this for those that are unsure of which direction to go.

Lizziejbee ,

Inspiring listening for anyone ttc

When my first round of IVF was cancelled and I was suddenly faced with the fear that I might not be able to have my own children, this show filled me with so much hope. It made me realise how many ways there are to create a family - from donor conception to overseas adoption. It’s honest and brave and truly wonderful listening. And fascinating to boot! Would recommend to anyone struggling with infertility. And anyone who isn’t!

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