Blended Families & IVF E9
Sareta and Chioma have a brief catch-up as they welcome 2022! In this episode, they welcome their second ever special guest, children’s author Jennie Guay.
Together, they have an open, honest and informative chat about Jennie’s incredible journey from a high-flying career in the city to writing children’s books that promote diversity and inclusion.
The ladies will also discuss her family life as a stepmother, her motivation for writing, the publishing process and IVF. Tune in to hear all about it!
Navigating the IVF Process for Lesbian Couples in the UK
The journey of IVF for lesbian couples in the UK can be exciting yet challenging. The process can be daunting, from initial tests and screenings to the actual embryo transfer. Fortunately, the UK has many fertility clinics experienced in working with same-sex couples, offering a supportive and understanding environment.
The first step in the IVF process includes fertility tests, such as blood tests and ultrasounds, as well as any necessary psychological tests, ensuring that both partners are emotionally ready for the process.
The eggs of one partner are then collected and fertilised with donor sperm using a combination of IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilisation). The eggs are then placed into the other partner’s uterus, who will carry the baby– it can be an incredibly emotional moment for both partners.
Once the embryo transfer has occurred, the couple will have to wait for the embryo to be implanted and the pregnancy to be confirmed. The couple may also need hormone medications to ensure the embryo is developing properly.
Finally, if the pregnancy is successful, the couple can enjoy the joys of parenthood. They will be able to raise their child in a supportive, loving environment, regardless of their sexual orientation. IVF for lesbian couples in the UK can be a difficult journey. With proper preparation, support and understanding, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
The beauty of family is that it transcends the traditional, and the joy of IVF and blended families can be found in the love of the LGBTQ+ community.” – Unknown
In the UK, many blended families form when two people with children from previous relationships come together. These families come in all shapes and sizes and provide unique and diverse experiences.
Estimates suggest that millions of people in the UK live in blended families, which include step-siblings, half-siblings, and extended family members like grandparents. Approximately one in 10 families are blended.
Living in a blended family can be both rewarding and challenging. On the plus side, it can provide children with an extended family network and more opportunities to learn from different people. However, it can also be difficult to find a balance between families and make sure everyone feels heard and respected.
It’s also important to remember that there are no right or wrong ways to create or manage a blended family. Each family is unique, so it’s essential to find solutions that work for everyone. Things like communication, respect, and understanding can go a long way in helping blended families succeed. It’s also a good idea to make sure everyone has the opportunity to spend time together, as this can help create strong relationships and foster a sense of connection.
Ultimately, blended families are a part of the UK’s family landscape. They can be a great source of happiness and strength with support and understanding.
FIND OUT MORE
Jennie Guay is a multi-faceted woman who is an inspiring author, devoted wife, and supportive step-mum. She is passionate about her family and writing, living a life full of love and creativity.
Her book, Howie Blend, celebrates the importance of awareness for blended families. You can follow the story of Howie Blend on Instagram and Jennie herself on Instagram.
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