For Men’s Health Week Professor Sheena Lewis joined The Fertility Podcast with Natalie Silverman to talk about sperm, DNA fragmentation and miscarriage.
Natalie asks Sheena about DNA fragmentation and miscarriage. Research in 2012 and 2020 showed the association between DNA quality and miscarriage. The need for DNA fragmentation testing following miscarriage is now in international guidelines but is sadly rarely done. Sheena recommends that men should be empowered to be proactive and ask for this test to be done.
Natalie Silverman has been creating conversations about fertility issues with The Fertility podcast since 2014 and has a library of over 300 episodes discussing the A-Z of fertility issues from women and men. In February 2021, The Fertility Podcast joined Crowd Network and relaunched its content starting at the beginning a fertility journey and putting its back catalogue of over 300 episodes onto www.thefertilitypdocast.com
An established radio broadcaster, award winning voiceover artist, Natalie launched The Fertility Podcast once successfully pregnant after ICSI treatment and now hosts the podcast with Independent Fertility Nurse consultant Kate Davies. Kate Davies (RN, BSc (Hons), FP Cert) is a fertility nurse consultant and IVF coach. She is the founder of ‘Your Fertility Journey’, a clinic offering high quality advice and support for women and couples who were struggling to conceive. Kate works with her patients to optimise their ability to conceive naturally and coaches women going through a difficult fertility journey. The pair have been working together since 2019, after Kate told Natalie how much she’d loved doing the radio interviews she’d been invited to do on behalf of a client. Keen to add more credibility to the podcast,
Natalie invited Kate to become her co-host. Kate has a special interest in PCOS and has helped 100’s of women take back control of their PCOS and improve their fertility. Both Natalie and Kate are regularly invited to host webinars and during the pandemic have been helping corporates understand more about this issue. The Fertility Podcast has is constantly engaging with its audience, with a week ‘Ask the Expert’ feature running with the podcast, answering listeners questions and a weekly Instagram Live ‘Brew at 2’ where listeners and the wider community are able to come and ask questions to both Natalie and Kate, as well as their guests.
The Fertility Podcast is listened to in over 90 countries around the world, and has had almost 750k downloads and Natalie has firmly established herself as an audio content creator within the fertility sector. Natalie has created engaging conversations for a range of clients including The Fertility Show where Natalie hosted the ‘Let’s Talk Fertility’ in 2018 and 2019 as well as producing content before and after the shows. Fertility Fest 2016 – 2019 as a panel host and content producer. In 2019 Natalie was the ‘Podcaster in Resident’ at The Barbican, the HFEA where Natalie has created bespoke episodes with the government regulator as well as bespoke podcast series for Ovusense, Surrogacy UK and The Agora Clinic.
Support is key and both Natalie and Kate, work with their clients individually to address the impacts the struggle to conceive and it is this level of support that continues within The Fertility Podcast online community. Natalie is a qualified Freedom Fertility Formula specialist offering emotional and mental health support and works with clients to help them deal with the emotional toll of trying to conceive. The formula teaches a combination of visualisations, coaching and CBT and highlights the importance of the mind body connection and how it can impact on fertility health.
In January 2020, Natalie launched a new initiate called Fertility Matters at Work https://fertilitymattersatwork.com/, with two other women who she has met through her work in the fertility space. Becky Kearns and Claire Ingle. The three women are all mothers after fertility treatment, which they went through whilst maintaining their jobs and dealing with the impact on their emotional wellbeing whilst at work and are now working to help employees understand their rights regarding fertility treatment and employers to be able to support their staff better by understanding more about the emotional toll of treatment. This initiative is now a Communities Interest Company and has secured funding to develop a piece of leaning content which will be launched in September 2021.
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