The two largest charities helping couples with fertility problems have merged to launch a new national charity after recognising they were duplicating each other's services.
Child and Issue launched Infertility Network UK at the joint British Fertility Society and Association of Clinical Embryologists conference in Liverpool last week. "We ended up running very similar services," said Clare Brown, former executive director of Child and chief executive of the new charity. "This merger will enable us to be more cost-effective, increase our chances of getting funding and offer the people we support a wider range of services."
The Infertility Network UK provides a telephone counselling service five evenings a week and offers a patient support video produced with money from the Department of Health and the Robertson Trust.
Called The Journey Through Infertility, the video describes the work of infertility specialists and shows how the condition affects the life of infertile people and their families.