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Your fertility questions answered: An RCOG Women's Network live webinar

Wednesday 29 May 2024


This free webinar is an opportunity to find out more about the practical, emotional and medical aspects of fertility from a panel of experts.

Professor Adam Balen and Miss Fatima Husain will offer a clinical perspective, whilst Fertility Alliance co-founder Kate Brian and psychotherapist Anthony Ryb will share advice on coping with the practical and emotional elements of accessing treatment.

As well as experts from the field, you will hear from people who have recently accessed fertility treatment, providing valuable insight to healthcare professionals with an interest in learning more about the women and people they care for.

Please note: Although our experts will touch upon medical aspects of fertility during this webinar, they will not be able to provide individual medical advice. 

Reasons to attend

  • Hear from our clinical experts Professor Adam Balen and Fatima Husain as they answer some of the most frequently asked questions around fertility
  • Listen to people who have recently accessed fertility treatment share their own experiences
  • Hear from Fertility Alliance co-founder Kate Brian about the emotional and practical elements of fertility treatment including accessing NHS funding and workplace issues
  • Find out more about coping with the emotional aspects of infertility and advice on finding a fertility counsellor from Anthony Ryb, as well as where you can find information and support

Who should attend?

  • Anyone with an interest in finding out more about the practical, emotional and medical aspects of fertility
  • RCOG members and other healthcare professionals with an interest in learning more about women and people’s experiences of accessing fertility treatment


About the speakers

Jane Plumb MBE, RCOG Women’s Voices Lead and chair of its Women’s Network. Jane has responsibility for ensuring the views and experiences of people who use obstetric and gynaecology services are heard; leading the RCOG’s Women’s Voices Involvement Panel and influencing it’s patient and public involvement agenda. Jane is also the co-founder and Chief Executive of Group B Strep Support, a charity she and her husband Robert founded in 1996 after their middle child died from a group B Strep infection. 

Professor Adam Balen, consultant in reproductive medicine in Leeds and a former Chair of the British Fertility Society. In this role, Adam started the Fertility Education Initiative. Adam was on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chaired the NHS England working group on funding for IVF. He is one of the world’s leading experts on PCOS and member of the Global PCOS Alliance and of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Infertility Guideline Group.

Fatima Husain, leading gynaecologist and fertility specialist based in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Fatima sees patients with a range of gynaecological issues such as period problems, pelvic pain, early pregnancy problems and infertility. Fatima was elected as a Fellows’ Representative for her region as part of Council at the RCOG.

Anthony Ryb, Psychotherapist and Accredited member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), helping people navigate the emotional and practical impact of fertility treatment as a single person or in a relationship, using their own gametes or a donor or surrogate. He also has a special interest in pregnancy loss and trauma.

Kate Brian, former TV journalist and author of five books about fertility. Kate was Women’s Voices Lead at the RCOG from 2016-2020 and previously a lay member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA). Kate is co-founder of a newly established charity, the Fertility Alliance.