Somaya Ouazzani’s work in the diversity and inclusivity space featured in Today’s Family Lawyer: Breaking the silence surrounding in/fertility in professional contexts

In/Fertility in the City has launched its new podcast exploring the complex relationship between in/fertility in professional contexts and how it can be managed effectively.

There is no doubt that in/fertility, baby loss, fertility treatment, and other such issues are taboo topics – not least in the workplace.

This new podcast aims to address this, with moving and thought-provoking discussions aiming to break the silence and inspire new attitudes and behaviours that will improve and normalise the management of fertility challenges in professional contexts.

It is hosted by Natalie Sutherland, Somaya Ouazzani, and Emma Menzies, all of whom have had to navigate their own fertility challenges alongside professional life, and are united in their passion for ensuring that better quality information and support is made available to others doing the same.

Together they interview incredible guests, from a variety of industries, who generously share powerful stories and valuable insights into in/fertility at work issues.

Natalie Sutherland, co-founder of In/Fertility in the City, co-host of their podcast, family law solicitor and partner at Burgess Mee Family Law said:

“We are incredibly proud of this podcast and the work we do with In/Fertility in the City. The responses we have received thanking us for highlighting these issues and for driving change in this area have been humbling to say the least.”

About In/Fertility in the City

In/Fertility in the City is a movement borne of the need for radical change: a complete culture shift in all workplaces that better supports the millions of men and women around the world who are struggling with infertility whilst navigating professional careers.

All too often their struggle is made even tougher when organisations have little to no understanding of how to support their staff on these difficult journeys.

Natalie, Emma and Somaya have learnt first-hand just how isolating, difficult, and stressful it can be to undergo fertility struggles in a high-pressure, high-performance, professional environment.

Their combined fertility experiences include primary and secondary infertility, recurrent fertility treatment failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, missed miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, emergency surgery and subsequent near-fatal complications, all whilst working as City professionals with few, if any, of their work colleagues knowing of – much less understanding – what this meant for them personally and professionally.

Read more here.

The article was published in Today’s Family Lawyer on 11 October 2022, and can be found here.

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