Have you listened to Izzy Judd's podcast Let's Talk Fertility? We're taking a look back at all the episodes in the series
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Pregnacare recently sponsored Izzy's podcast, Let's Talk Fertility, which contained a series of interviews and talks on topics on all aspects related to fertility, from Izzy's own journey, through to the experience of her husband Harry - the McFly musician and children's author - as well as fertility experts and people who are on their own, unique fertility journey.
More about Izzy: Izzy Judd is a classically trained musician and mum of two. Izzy played the violin in electronic string quartet Escala, Britain’s Got Talent finalists who signed a recording contract with Simon Cowell. She also played the violin on tour with McFly, which is where she met Harry.
The story behind the podcast: After struggling to fall pregnant, the couple discovered they had fertility issues, which lead to IVF treatment and sadly a miscarriage, before the eventual birth of their daughter. Izzy felt strongly that the couple should be open about everything they had been through to become parents so wrote Dare to Dream: My struggle to become a mum, a story of heartbreak and hope, a memoir about Izzy’s experiences of fertility and pregnancy.
After the book was published, Izzy was keen to carry on the conversation so launched her new podcast, Lets Talk Fertility.
Talking about her podcast, Izzy said:
'I know all too well the emotions and challenges you experience when going through fertility issues and how lonely it can feel. I feel passionately about keeping the conversations going about fertility and my podcast ‘Let’s Talk Fertility’ aims to do just that.'
In the podcast, she explores other people’s paths to parenthood and talks to holistic and medical experts, helping to give listeners a fully informed and emotionally supportive space, as well an introduction to the fertility community, whose support she has found to be invaluable.
Listen to Let's Talk Fertility: episode breakdown
You can listen to all the episodes in Izzy's podcast on Apple Podcasts. Here's a breakdown of all the fertility topics and guests throughout the series:
Episode 1: Izzy talks about her own fertility journey, and her experience with IVF treatment and subsequent pregnancy.
Episode 2: Izzy chats to Emma Cannon, fertility and women's health expert, about her own approach to supporting all aspects of fertility
Episode 3: In this episoide Izzy chats to BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan, about her own fertility struggles and how IVF treatment led to the birth of her twin sons.
Episode 4: The Herts and Essex fertility team - one of the leading fertilitry clinics in the UK - chat to Izzy about what to expect when undergoing fertility treatment and how to support people through the process.
Episode 5: BBC TV presenter and Strictly finalist Alex Jones chats about her own experience of fertility issues.
Episode 6: Harry Judd, Izzy's husband, joins her on this episode to share the experience of fertility treatment from a partner's perspective in his honest and open account.
Episode 7: Following cancer treatment, beauty director Sophie Beresiner was left infertile, and in this episode she chats to Izzy about fertility treatment and her mission to have a baby via surrogate, while remaining positive at all times.
Episode 8: Author, arts producer and adventurist Jessica Hepburn chats about her decade-long quest to have a baby.
Episode 9: Gerad Kite, acupuncture master and fertility expert, talks to Izzy about approaching fertility in a balanced, holistic way.
Anyone who’s been touched by fertility issues knows that it’s a topic that no-one really talks about and is often shrouded in secrecy. It’s also easy to feel isolated and like it’s just you that’s been affected. We hope that in Izzy’s podcast, you’re able to find a warm and comforting voice who lets you know that it’s not just you, and that help is available.