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Infertility at Work: Breaking the Silence and Building Supportive Workplaces

By June 18, 2024Podcasts

Infertility is something that affects many women around the world, yet it remains a subject shrouded in silence, especially in the workplace. We’re joined today by award winning executive fertility coach Louise Siwicki, to discuss the importance of addressing fertility issues at work and how organisations can create supportive environments for their employees.

Louise’s journey to fertility advocacy began with her own six-year struggle to conceive, which included emotional and physical lows, and numerous failed pregnancy attempts. Her moment of transformation came when she decided to focus on her mental and physical health at her specialist’s advice. This experience gave her profound insights into the emotional and mental toll that infertility can take, and she is dedicated to changing how fertility is perceived and managed in the workplace.

The Role of Workplace Support
Workplace culture plays a significant role in an individual’s fertility journey. Based on her experience in the legal transcription industry, Louise highlights the lack of understanding and support she encountered. She strongly believes that retaining good employees and supporting them through their fertility journey benefits both the individuals and the organisation.

Raising Awareness and Normalising Conversations
Louise emphasises the importance of normalising conversations about infertility to create a safe space for those affected. By bringing awareness to the workplace, organisations can foster a culture of support and understanding. This begins with acknowledging infertility as a legitimate health issue, much like any other medical condition. When people feel safe to share their struggles, they are less likely to suffer in silence.

Supportive Policies and Practices
Another key step towards building a supportive workplace is to implement policies that consider the needs of employees undergoing infertility treatments. Flexible work hours, time off for medical appointments, and mental health support are essential components. Employers should also ensure that their health insurance plans cover fertility treatments, reducing financial burdens on affected employees.

Empowering Women in the Workplace
Both Louise and Julie, stress the importance of women supporting each other and prioritising their mental and physical wellbeing. By giving themselves permission to rest, address stress, and seek joy, women can improve their overall happiness, which can positively impact other areas of their lives, like their fertility.

Addressing infertility in the workplace is not just a compassionate move—it’s a necessary one. By breaking the silence and building supportive workplaces, employers can foster a culture of empathy, inclusivity, and mutual respect.


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