Fertility, Pregnancy Loss and Menopause Wellbeing in the Workplace
Infertility is a disease that affects approximately 1 in 7 of all couples, and pregnancy loss occurs in 1:3 individuals. the majority of whom are very likely to be in employment. In 2019 there were over 4.3 million women in the workplace aged 45-60. A significant amount of these women are working during their menopause transition. Research shows us that there is a reluctance for employees to disclose they are struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss and the menopause. Resulting in employees suffering in silence.
Tragically, of those individuals struggling with infertility or who have suffered pregnancy loss who did confide in a line manager, only 42% received support from their employer. This challenged their ability to function productively at work and 19% of people reported reducing their working hours or leaving their jobs completely due to the pressures of managing fertility and pregnancy loss in the workplace.
When it comes to the menopause, 90% of women say that their employer does not offer any menopause support, 40% of women report losing interest in their work during the menopause, 11% of women decided not to apply for promotion and 8% of women left their jobs.
Infertility, pregnancy loss and menopause present an operational challenge to employers along with a significant financial impact.
In 2021, to attract and foster talent, as well as avoid potential discrimination, some organisations have published policies addressing fertility, pregnancy loss and menopause in the workplace. However, a policy is meaningless without an organisational culture that is supportive and understanding of the unique health and emotional challenges faced by their employees. By investing in fertility, pregnancy loss and menopause as part of the wellbeing agenda, organisations are ensuring that they are best equipped to support the wellbeing of their staff, attract and retain their talent and avoid potential discrimination.
How we can help support your organisation:
- Educational webinars
- Line manager training
- Fertility and menopause consultation or coaching for your employees
- Assistance in policy development
- Fertility and menopause in-house events
- Bespoke service to support your organisational needs
Fertility Industry Consultancy
We are passionate about helping brands, companies and healthcare environments to achieve fertility excellence. We offer consultancy within the fertility industry. We are currently working with top organisations advising on all aspects such as current challenges, patient pathways, training, webinars, content creation and best practice to name but a few.
Here are some of the ways we can add value to your brand, company or healthcare environment:
- Utilise 25 years of ferility knowledge and expertise to create customer/patient educational resources
- Advising on best practice and customer/patient need
- Consulting and advising your customers/patients to enhave their user experience
- Designing solutions and processes
- Supporting your organisation to deliver your key objectives
- Educating your staff on the key fertility challenges
- Understanding and being a voice for the fertility community
- Content creation and opportunities with The Fertility Podcast
- Provide an independent insight into the future of the fertility landscape
- Connecting you with leading fertility experts and influencers
“Kate kindly joined us to support our first Fertility Week that we arranged at work. The objective was to raise awareness of fertility journeys and that starting a family isn’t always straightforward. We wanted to appeal to everyone by supporting those going through their own journey to parenthood, and support colleagues and line managers in understanding what colleagues might be going through. The sessions were really well received, and colleagues joined who are in the midst of trying to conceive through to some who might start to plan a family in years to come. The second sessions were specific to PCOS – and again, proved really popular, concentrating on additional considerations that those with PCOS should think about to influence chances of conceiving- and also things to do which benefit all areas of PCOS too. Kate was great to work within in the lead up to planning the sessions and also her presentations were so friendly and authentic, even including some interactive elements and polls. Feedback was great and we would love to work with Kate again in the future to continue raising awareness of fertility.”
“Kate has been working with the Bank for the past year. Kate has presented three sessions for our colleagues, talking about baby loss and fertility. Kate’s sessions always have high attendance from colleagues, and I believe this is because Kate is knowledgeable, comes across as professional and communicates in a clear conversational tone. Kate breaks down the information into bitesize chunks that are easy to take away and digest. The use of slides and Menti is great for engaging colleagues in conversations they may not usually get involved in. Kates sessions have been a great resource for our colleagues to help open up and get conversations on baby loss and fertility started.”
“Kate delivered a fantastic session on fertility and pregnancy loss at our organisation to our Peer Support Group. Her personable and knowledgeable manner empowered participants to engage and interact with the session in an open and touching way. Colleagues who attended came away more informed and confident, and thanks to Kate’s expertise, ready to provide support and compassion to those who need it.”
“Thank you to Kate for delivering an insightful, educational, and eye-opening webinar to the staff of the CPCA today. The feedback from staff was overwhelming with comments like ‘Great presentation’, ‘Wonderful delivery of speaker’, ‘Packed with facts and figures as well as explaining how the menopause will affect our bodies’. Kate was an engaging speaker showing great expertise and experience on a topic she is obviously well educated and passionate about, even our male colleagues who joined this webinar were impressed with the level of content and an easy-to-follow webinar. They have told me how grateful they are for being able to be educated on this often taboo subject. I cannot recommend YFJ enough as the professionalism and great service was second to none. Thank you again to YFJ for a wonderful presentation.”
“The menopause webinar was great, we received some really positive feedback and plenty of questions during the session, so it was great to see where employees were engaged. One of the feedbacks we received was for us to run some mandatory training for managers.”
“Kate delivered an excellent one-hour WebEx session, which was ideal for what we wanted and fitted in well with a mix of employees working from home at the moment. It was incredibly useful and many on the call took away useful information and knowledge about fertility. As a manager it was really useful to help my understanding of the complexities surrounding fertility from both the Male and Female perspective. Great session – thanks Kate!”
“So refreshing to have a path to be seeing and talking openly about these previous hidden or taboo subjects at work. This stuff, like so much of it, is real and absolutely affects our people. Being able to handle it sensitively and well is a great step. It’s so important that we take just a bit of time to understand the experiences of other – so we can understand and support.”
“We brought Kate in to offer expert advice on the relaunch of our fertility range as well as supporting content for both customers and our reporting doctors. She’s been great fun to work with, has added lots of value and we are planning to continue working with her.”
“Kate provided expert advice and information via blog posts and articles for Wellbeing Sisters subscribers and wider community. Kate’s extensive knowledge, professionalism and general approach makes her an absolute pleasure to work with – and her content was extremely well received by our customers. We really look forward to working with her again in the future.”
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