June marks 40 years of IVF and I had the pleasure of speaking with the 1st generation of IVFlings*.
I caught up with Candice Thum Nèe Reed Australia’s first IVF baby, born in June 1980. She is a former journalist turned community developer and a mother of two children. Married to a Kiwi she now lives in Auckland and Rebecca Featherstone Jelen conceived at Bourn Hall in England, where the world’s first IVF baby was conceived. Rebecca juggles a busy Sydney life with her two children. After a career in artist and event management, she recently completed further study and now works with IVF Australia.
It's incredible how much has changed since then, today we discuss what it was like growing up as an IVF baby, navigating teenage years and high school and dealing with awkward questions.
Together Candice and Rebecca are ideally placed to advocate for change in fertility health education and awareness having lived it all their lives. They are approachable and relatable to all walks of life and since they are not fertility specialists they do not scare people aware by using industry jargon.
Candice and Rebecca make a formidable team and often joke they were literally made to be friends!
If you like to discuss topics in today's episode and like to contact Candice and Rebecca please head to their social platform.
*a term meaning anyone conceived through fertility treatment to refer to themselves.