Undertaking any type of Fertility treatment can be an overwhelming process with many people reporting that they feel alone.
We understand that throughout your treatment there may be things you would like to talk about with other people going through the fertility process.

With this in mind, together with our CARE Fertility colleagues in the UK, we launched a new Beacon CARE Buddy – Peer to Peer Support system, developed and facilitated by Kelly Da Silva, CARE’s Support Coordinator.

What are the benefits of having a Beacon CARE Buddy? 

Beacon CARE Buddy is an opportunity for you to both receive and offer support and advice to other patients going through the fertility journey. It offers you:

  • The opportunity to receive support and comfort that you are not alone in the journey you are undertaking.
  • A chance to offer your own invaluable support to others based on your own experiences.
  • A safe space in which to alleviate any potential anxieties and worries by sharing your story and hearing other patients’ fertility experiences.
Who can be involved? 

Beacon CARE Buddy is for anyone going through fertility treatment or egg freezing processes, regardless of your personal circumstances, relationship status or stage of your journey. If your partner would also like to find support through our Beacon CARE Buddy system, please do get in touch and Kelly will do her best to match you with another partner.

How do I register to ‘Opt in’?

You simply need to register you interest by emailing Kelly our Support Coordinator at: Kelly.DaSilva@carefertility.com.

How will you be matched with a Beacon CARE Buddy?

Once you have registered your interest, you will be asked for some basic information and preferences so we can find you the most suitable match. Our Support Coordinator will carefully select you a Beacon CARE Buddy, either here or in one of our CARE Fertility sister clinics in the UK, whose stage in the IVF process and circumstances fit your preferences best.

What happens once I have been matched with my Beacon CARE Buddy? 

Once you have been suitably matched, you will be given your Buddy’s preferred method of contact and details to enable you to connect with one another. You are free to choose how to make contact with your Buddy. Some elect to use text, messenger or WhatsApp, whilst others prefer to have a call or a meet up in person (location permitting).

What do our patients think about Beacon CARE Buddy? 

“It’s been a relief to be able to connect with someone else going through the IVF process. I now realise that my feelings are normal and I’m not the only one going through this”

“Being able to share my feeling and sometimes worries with my Buddy has made me feel much calmer during the journey”

“Thank you, this alone has made a huge difference to my mindset and confidence through the IVF process”

To find out more about our Beacon CARE Buddy system, please contact our CARE Support Coordinator, Kelly Da Silva, who will happily answer all your questions.