Ep15; The Clinic - A Surrogates Journey ft. Debbie Evans from Herts & Essex and surrogates, Kay King and Hayley Aldis
My Surrogacy Journey - The Podcast is the UK's leading multi award winning podcast from a non profit UK surrogacy organisation.
Trigger warning; Pregnancy Loss is discussed in this podcast
Michael and Wes are your hosts, and as parents themselves through surrogacy to two children (Talulah is 7 and Duke is 4) they continue to advocate, campaign and strive to improve the landscape of surrogacy in the UK and globally. Addressing safety, exploitation and educating those about the real truths about safer surrogacy.
Welcome back! We have a special surrogate episode today and you're going to love this one! We're discussing the journey of the fertility clinic soley from the surrogates perspective. We discuss the processes, the appointments and what to expect when you're navigating those first steps with your IPs.
Our wonderful guests, Debbie, Hayley and Kay tell you about the highs and lows of fertility treatment and surrogacy, and how you can learn from their thoughtful advice.
Debbie Evans RGN
Director of Clinical Services/ Registered Manager to CQC/ Centre Manager
Debbie qualified as an RGN in 1985. She specialised for 20+ years in fertility management and has been with the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre since 2007. As Director of Clinical Services, Debbie takes ownership of the day-to-day clinical management of the Centre, with direct responsibility for 40+ members of staff. Her senior role has not changed her approach or work ethos: she is as passionate about patient care as when she first joined the nursing profession.
Kay King joined the MSJ family from September 2023 as the MSJ Foundation Director, working 4 days a week within the core team.
Kay comes to MSJ from a background in reproductive health and rights charity leadership and has for the last 6 years been leading White Ribbon Alliance UK to advance the rights of women and girls and gender diverse people across the globe. She is a skilled fundraiser, campaigner and project manager for charity and community sector work.
Kay is a queer woman with two of her own children, she is based in Devon and is currently on a surrogacy journey of her own having matched with an incredible pair of intended parents through MSJ.
Kay has a strong vision for the MSJ Foundation, which will seek to support and compliment the activity of our other initiatives by ensuring that the rights of people wishing to make families are supported through education, advancements in rights, supportive communities and robust research into fertility and reproductive justice.
Hayley is a single mum of 2 girls, and gestational surrogate. She has been a surrogate for 2 set of IP’s. Combined, her surrogacy experiences have taught her strength, empathy and compassion, but above all a hope and resilience that she now sees in every intended parent she talks with. Outside of surrogacy, Hayley works for a Primary Teacher Training Provider; she’s passionate about education and the research and evidence base that surrounds it. She spends her spare time walking along the seafront trying to beat her step count, eating out (if the step count allows) and enjoying a good box set with a glass of wine in hand.
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