My career as an embryologist spans over 20 years (so far!) The first 10 years spent working clinically, in labs in Australia and Europe. Over those years I saw and handled literally thousands of embryos and created hundreds (if not thousands) of families.
Building my own family was no where near as easy as I thought it would be, and I quickly discovered that although I had a post graduate diploma in reproductive science - wanting something and working hard towards it counted for nothing when it came to infertility!!
My chapter, Making Babies, is chapter one in this compilation of stories and takes you through all of those years of creating families for other people whilst struggling to build my own.
This chapter combines Lucy's personal story to motherhood with her many years of professional experience as an embryologist. It is an interesting look at the two perspectives colliding, highlighting the gaps of science and research when it comes to looking at the impact on a personal and emotional level. Unfortunately, too many women will be able to relate to this unexpected journey to motherhood riddled with struggle, grief and lots of surprises. - Allison Schaaf - Founder, Miscarriage Hope Desk
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