Newborn baby's handFebruary is IMAGE Talks Fertility month, in partnership with Waterstone Clinic. Following an extensive survey that saw so many readers share their fertility stories with us, the questions they want answered and the fears they’re afraid to voice: we’re putting them all to leading experts.

On IMAGE.ie, we’re discussing everything from IVF to endometriosis and male fertility, as well as talking to real people about their journeys to parenthood. We’re also diving into wider issues that need to be addressed, such as Ireland’s lagging sex education program and the snail’s pace of our domestic and international surrogacy legislation.

As part of the month-long series, Dominique McMullan, IMAGE Media’s Editorial Director, is hosting the IMAGE Talks Fertility podcast, speaking to women whose fertility journeys mirror the paths that so many of you are walking. Dominique will put your fertility questions to the experts, and get advice and explanations that will help guide you, wherever you may be on your journey.

Podcast

IMAGE Talks Fertility – Episode One

In episode one, Dominique has an honest and heartfelt conversation with Clodagh O’Hagan who shares her personal journey of becoming a mother through donor sperm. Dominique is then joined by expert nurse Mary McAuliffe to answer your fertility questions. Mary is the Head of Clinical Services at Waterstone Clinic, a general nurse, midwife and a founding member of the fertility specialist nursing team at Waterstone Clinic.

IMAGE Talks Fertility – Episode Two

In episode two, Dominique is joined by Georgia Hickey who shares her story of freezing her eggs at age 30 after being told she had a low chance of conceiving naturally due to endometriosis. She talks about the decision to freeze her eggs, the medical process and her friends and family’s reaction. Dominique is the joined by Laura Hackett, Fertility Nurse Specialist at Waterstone Clinic, to answer your egg freezing questions.

IMAGE Talks Fertility – Episode Three

In episode three, Dominique is joined by Sarah McDevitt. Sarah and her partner have three children – Lochlan, 4, Greyson, 2.5 and Willow, who is just 8 months. Sarah carried Loughlan and Willow, and Ger, her partner, carried Greyson. Their story is one of our times and a beautiful example for families starting down the same path. Dominique is then joined by Ursula Lynch, fertility nurse specialist and the donor sperm coordinator at Waterstone Clinic, to answer your questions.

IMAGE Talks Fertility – Episode Four

In episode four, Dominique is joined by Dee Buckley, who is mum to beautiful Sage and Sienna. Dee shares her IVF journey and later Dominique will be joined by Dr. Eithne Lowe, who leads the team at the Dublin Waterstone Clinic.

IMAGE Talks Fertility – Episode Five

In episode five, Dominique is joined by Anne O’Leary Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ireland and Susan Waterstone, Clinic Manager at Waterstone clinic to discuss fertility in the workplace.

Discover all episodes on  Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & Amazon Music.

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This podcast is in partnership with Waterstone Clinic. Family-owned and operated, Waterstone Clinic is a leader in fertility excellence with two decades of reproductive medicine experience. Waterstone Clinic has built a family of five clinics in Dublin, Cork, Kildare, Limerick and Waterford. The clinic uses pioneering fertility science making even the most advanced fertility services available to patients in Ireland and they are renowned for their exceptional patient care.