A post-IVF exploration into the alternative ways to become parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raw & honest
This series resonated so strongly with the powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotions experiences through the journey of infertility. It is heartbreaking, uplifting and brave account of different routes to becoming parents and poses questions about societies narratives of what it means to be a woman and a parent. A must listen for anyone going through (or supporting those who are) infertility.