Suzi Denton
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Date Published:02 Nov 2018 Last Updated:28 Jul 2021

Celebrating World Fertility Day!

Fertility Law

Today marks the first World Fertility Day. It’s a project founded by IVFbabble to raise awareness of fertility issues across the world.

Infertility affects around 1 in 6 couples worldwide, and so if you are struggling to conceive, you are not alone. The aim of World Fertility Day is to encourage a global conversation around fertility, to educate and to break the taboo surrounding fertility issues. It’s time to normalise the conversation around fertility, and create a society in which people feel able to share their experiences without fear of judgment or embarrassment.

The chances are that you or someone you know has had (or is having) fertility issues, and for many, there are still feelings of shame or perhaps embarrassment which mean that people don’t feel comfortable sharing their experiences with family and friends. Struggling with infertility and going through fertility treatment is incredibly tough, and can take a huge emotional and physical toll, which is why World Fertility Day is so valuable. By encouraging people to share what they have been through with others, they can be supported by a community of people who may have been through similar experiences, or have been educated about infertility.

We understand that for some, creating a family can be a challenge, and the things you need to consider can seem overwhelming. We offer a complete range of fertility law services to support you through your journey to have a family. Our work includes:

Donor conception advice and support

If you are hoping to conceive with a donor (whether at a clinic or at home) we can guide you through the legal issues that you’ll need to consider before going ahead, such as who the legal parents will be, and if there are formalities that need to happen. If you are planning to conceive with a donor you know (a ‘known donor’), we can help you put an agreement in place with them, which will help you to explore and discuss important issues before you conceive. To find out more, see our website for more information here.

Fertility treatment legal advice

We can support you through your fertility treatment if questions or problems arise. For example, you may want to discuss legal parentage, and the steps you need to take to ensure that your status is secure once your child has been born. Perhaps you have embryos stored at a UK clinic and would like to go overseas for treatment – we can help you to understand the legalities of exporting your embryos to another country. For more information see our website here.

We offer legal advice in relation to all areas of fertility law, and if you would like our help, please contact our highly specialist Fertility Team who will be able to assist. Call us on 01202 525333 or send us an email to fertility@ellisjones.co.uk.