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
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 )
- 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
James has written several best selling dating books and relationship guides, many of which have gone on to become Amazon bestsellers.
This is the final episode of series 1 of the podcast. And I've saved a great episode for last!
Basically I managed to persuade Granny Bev to record with me. She was not in her comfort zone at all. But she agreed to do it anyway!
In this episode we discuss:
- Whether living abroad has hindered my efforts to meet someone
- The fear of never becoming a grandparent
- The fact that my mum was worried about whether I would be able to cope!
- Opinions of why I've not met a partner and whether she thinks I am too choosey!
- How dating has changed from the past and how our expectations of relationships have changed
- The experience of attending antenatal classes and being my birthing partner
- The support my mum gives me on a weekly basis and how challenging it can be
- Why Granny Bev isn't remotely interested in dating!
and much more!
I hope you enjoy and it gives you a slightly different perspective on things. And what a good sport she is for agreeing to be a guest!
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