The Stork and I
Series 3 Trailer

Series 3 Trailer

April 26, 2021

The trailer for series 3 of the Stork and I Podcast. 

This series is a collection of stories covering a variety of different paths to parenthood and solo motherhood stories. 

S2: Dating mindset with dating coach Hayley Quinn

S2: Dating mindset with dating coach Hayley Quinn

March 10, 2021

In the last episode of Series 2 I chat to Dating Coach Hayley Quinn. 

Hayley is an internationally recognised dating coach and founder of the UK’s largest dating coaching company. She has over 2 Million views on her TED talk and over 100,000 YouTube subscribers.
She is the spokesperson for Match, the biggest online dating platform in the world. She has been featured on BBC1, Sky and Channel 4 and is a regular columnist for Cosmopolitan.
Her goal is to bridge the gap with modern dating and help inspire people to learn to love dating.
In this episode we discuss: 
- Why it is wise to have a dating strategy
- Why time pressure can negatively impact our decision making
- How we can try to find the process of dating fun and enjoyable
- How we can take control of our dating lives
- The benefits of approaching dating with a completely different mindset
- Tips of how to let go of the outcome of dating
- Why going more slowly can sometimes help you reach your ultimate goal faster
- How long it might take to really get to know if someone will make a suitable partner for you
- The experience of dating as a solo mum
You can find more from Hayley at: 
Instagram @hayleyquinnx
Facebook @Hayley Quinn
YouTube @Hayley Quinn
S2: What the Research Says with Professor Susan Golombok

S2: What the Research Says with Professor Susan Golombok

March 3, 2021
In this episode of the podcast I speak to Professor Susan Golombok. 
Susan Golombok is Professor of Family Research, Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. 
Her research examines the impact of new family forms on parenting and child development, specifically lesbian mother families, gay father families, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. 
Her research has not only challenged commonly held assumptions about these families but also has contested widely held theories of child development by demonstrating that structural aspects of the family, such as the number, gender, sexual orientation, and genetic relatedness of parents, is less important for children’s psychological wellbeing than the quality of family relationships.
In this episode we discuss: 
- How Professor Golombok got into researching different family structures and the impact they have on child development
- Why the family structure is less important than the quality of family relationships
- The importance of being open with our children about their conception
- Why it can be useful to start sharing our childrens conception story from birth and the importance of having ongoing communication on it
- The age children really seem to start to understand donor conception 
- How the research findings can help challenge assumptions from society 
- An insight into the research carried out with single mothers by choice
- Whether having male role models is really important to a child growing up without a father in their life
- The subject of donor siblings and how donor conceived children have reported 
You can find her book We are Family here
You can also find information about an event she is involved with at the Cambridge Festival:



S2: Doula support with Lorraine from Mama2Mama

S2: Doula support with Lorraine from Mama2Mama

February 24, 2021
In this weeks episode I chat to Lorraine who is a doula otherwise known as Mama2Mama
Lorraine offers faces to face support in and around Leeds and Manchester and remote support across the UK. After training with Nurturing Birth, Lorraine has cared for a diverse number of clients with compassion and a tenacity to improve the birthing experience for all. She has experience supporting solo mums at all stages of their journey. 
In this episode we talk about: 
- What a doula is
- How a doula could support you across your entire solo motherhood journey
- What you should look for in a birth partner
- How being a Doula worked during Covid and what elements can be remote*
- Why it can be beneficial to have no birthing partner if that is your preference
- Why it's important to offer space to talk about your birth experience
- The concept of a post partum PJ party
- Where you can find more out about doula services available
You can find Lorraine at: 
* This podcast was recorded when there were certain restrictions in place due to Covid, these may be different now
S2: Managing your Mindset with Alice Rose

S2: Managing your Mindset with Alice Rose

February 17, 2021
This weeks episode is with Alice Rose, The Fertility Mindset Mentor. 
Alice went through 11 rounds of fertility treatment before conceiving her daughter and as a result of her own personal journey, decided to start supporting others going through similar experiences. 
In this episode we discuss: 
- Alice's personal journey and what led her to set up the support she now offers 
- How all consuming a fertility journey can be
- Dealing with overwhelm 
- Tips for coping with the journey
- Why it is important to have trusted sources of information 
- The difference between informed thoughts and opinions
- How meditation and mindfulness can help support us on this journey
- Dealing with comparison
- The power of the community
- How Alice now supports others on their own journey
For more information on Alice and the support she gives you can find her at: 
S2: Donor Eggs with Becky from Defining Mum

S2: Donor Eggs with Becky from Defining Mum

February 10, 2021
In todays episode I chat to Becky Kearns AKA @definingmum
Becky has 3 gorgeous girls with her husband, who she conceived using donor eggs in the Czech Republic. 
In this episode we discuss: 
- Feelings of loneliness when on the donor conception journey
- Why Becky started her blog Defining Mum
- Societal expectations of parenthood
- What shapes a person over and above genetics
- The pros and cons of having a partner when you're going through this process
- Connecting with others in the same situation
- Our fears about this route to parenthood and the importance of sharing them in safe spaces
- Deciding to move from your own eggs to donor eggs
- What we mean by plan B
- Worries about what people think of our decisions
- Deciding to have treatment abroad
- The creation of Paths to Parenthub 
For more information you can follow Becky on Instagram at:  
Or on her website: 
S2: Donor Sperm with Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen from European Sperm Bank

S2: Donor Sperm with Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen from European Sperm Bank

February 3, 2021

In this episode, I talk to Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen, the CEO of the European Sperm Bank. Annemette has been in the company since 2013. She has a background in the healthcare sector and her main interests revolve around how women and sperm donors experience their contact with the sperm bank, and how to continuously improve this relationship.

We had a really interesting discussion about the process for both the donor and the recipient, as well as the values of the Sperm Bank and their ideas about how they see their responsibility in this process, which was really reassuring to hear. 


In this episode we cover: 


- The recruitment of donors

- The process the donors go through

- The selection and profile of donors 

- The process of ordering sperm

-  Advice on how to choose a donor

- Insights into finding donor siblings

- Discussion around finding the balance between the rights and needs of the donor, the recipient and the donor conceived child

- The values of the European Sperm Bank


For more information on the European Sperm bank you can follow them on Instagram/Facebook or see their website

S2: Fertility Options with Dr Matt Prior

S2: Fertility Options with Dr Matt Prior

January 27, 2021
In this episode I talk to Dr Matt Prior. Matt is an NHS consultant doctor working at Newcastle Fertility Centre and also Medical Director at Dr Fertility.  
Dr Prior specialises in reproductive medicine and surgery. He helps people with fertility problems using a holistic approach. 
In this episode we discuss: 
- How to better understand your fertility
- When to go to your GP and how they can help you
- An explanation of AMH 
- Considerations when choosing a fertility clinic
- The difference between IUI and IVF
- The rough cost of fertility treatment 
- Where to go for independent advice
In the episode we mention the HFEA, which is a UK based organisation. If you are listening from outside the UK, you can check if there is an equivalent independent body in your country. 
If you'd like a consultation with Dr Prior you can contact him at @drfertility
For more of Matt's insights you can follow him on Instagram at: 



S2: Creating a support network with Zoe Desmond from Frolo

S2: Creating a support network with Zoe Desmond from Frolo

January 20, 2021
My guest today is Zoe Desmond, the founder of the single parent networking app, Frolo. 
Zoe became a single parent a few years ago when her son Billy was one. She wanted to connect with other single parents, but didn't know how to find them so she decided to start Frolo to connect single parents to one another and create a supportive community. 
Frolo is the first community app of its kind for single parents, regardless of how they came to be parenting solo. The emphasis is on finding human connections. Using the app makes it easy to discover and connect with likeminded single parents for friendship and meetups, as well as providing access to a wider community of single parents for support, guidance, advice and virtual meetups. 
Zoe is passionate about changing the stereotypes and assumptions about what it means to be a single parent. 
In this episode we chat about: 
- What inspired Zoe to start Frolo
- Where the name Frolo came from
- How the app has helped Zoe personally meet other single parents that have now formed part of her closest friendship group
- Dealing with loneliness, especially at the weekends, when it seems like everyone else is with their family
- How we can redefine the classic relationship model
- How we can be happier with having an amazing friendship group and support network around us than just having one partner we rely on for everything
- How parenting solo can help you build stronger connections with those around you
- How to navigate the Frolo App
and much more!
For more information, follow @frolo on Instagram
S2: Fertility Nutrition with Rosie Tadman

S2: Fertility Nutrition with Rosie Tadman

January 13, 2021
Episode 2 is with Rosie Tadman (DipCNM, BANT and CNHC Reg) a Fertility Nutritional Therapist who studied at the prestigious College of Natural Medicine in London.
Rosie specialises in Fertility, Female Hormones, Pregnancy and Postpartum Support.
Rosie uses Modern Science and Traditional Wisdom to get women in hormonal flow and support conception. She supports underlying causes, rather than just suppressing symptoms.

Rosie works with women who;

  • are thinking about getting pregnant and want to ensure they are as healthy as possible

  • are actively trying to get pregnant, through both natural and assisted routes (IVF, ICSI, IUI)

  • have a hormonal condition (PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Period issues)

  • are pregnant and would like nutrition advice to support them to thrive through pregnancy 

  • would like postpartum support (whether this is 6 weeks after their baby is born or 6-years )

In this episode we discuss:
  • AMH and Rosies view on whether this is flawed as a measure
  • How a Fertility Nutritional Therapist can support you on your fertility journey
  • Egg quality and whether it can be improved
  • An idea of which supplements to take
  • How to track your cycle
  • Top tips for preparing your body before fertility treatment
  • Whether you should give up or cut down on alcohol (this was recorded before I decided to stop drinking!)
  • The research on smoking and the impact to egg quality
  • Rosies online fertility nutrition course
If you'd like to hear more from Rosie you can find her at: 
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