The Workplace Fertility Community

Sharing to shape the future.

The Workplace Fertility Community (WFC) was founded by Fertifa, and is a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to put reproductive healthcare firmly on the agenda for all organisations.  

The WFC runs monthly informal sessions for professionals to come together to hear and share success stories on implementing support, building a business agenda, policies, benefits and initiative around fertility and reproductive health 

Breaking the
workplace taboo...

Fertifa is proud to have founded the UK’s first community for fertility and reproductive health ambassadors in the workplace.

Join today for free access to peer networking opportunities, a series of educational events and both informal and formal support on the questions you have.


Meet the steering committee

Meet our group of influential and inspiring individuals steering the community.

They ensure that members gain access to the most up-to-date and tried-and-tested approaches to  supporting your wellbeing ecosystem in the workplace.

Hema Wara

Client Services Director

Liah O'Shaughnessy

Head of HR

Paul Breach

Head of Audit, Professional Practices

Helen Beedham

Author, speaker and fertility ambassador
Helen Beedham Consultancy

Nigel Moralee

Diversity, equity & inclusion programme manager
Amazon Web Services

Hortense Thorpe

Procurement Business Partner

Helen Burgess

Gateley Legal

Past events

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Taking the first step

September 2020

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Why it matters and where to start

November 2020

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Creating a reproductive health network

January 2021

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The importance of a fertility policy

March 2021

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Building the business case for benefits

May 2021

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Building families with PRIDE

June 2021

Why is it important?

Over 70% of organisations still do not have a workplace fertility policy.

1 in 6 couples in the UK – or 3.5 million people – have fertility challenges and nearly 70,000 IVF treatment cycles are carried out each year in the UK.

1 in 5 women experience miscarriage, 80% of single women suffer from fertility decline simply because they are still to find the right partner, and 30% of all fertility problems are due to male factor infertility. 

100% of the LGBT+ group planning to start a family need help to do so.

Companies benefit from proactively addressing employee fertility challenges and supporting their wellbeing.

Re-recruitment decreases, absenteeism falls and the productivity of happy and healthy employees increases.

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Companies save money and become more efficient. They become a workplace that future employees proactively seek out.

Re-recruitment decreases, absenteeism falls and the productivity of happy and healthy employees increases.

Offering guidance on fertility challenges, which often disproportionately impact women in the workplace, also positively supports the corporate agenda and regulatory frameworks around gender balance and diversity and inclusion.

Companies with a fertility policy find they are more easily able to support a positive corporate wellbeing culture which is truly HR focused.

The community is made up of professionals across a variety of industries – including fertility specialists, HR consultants, D&I leaders and HR directors.

Our objectives

  • To improve support for any employee experiencing infertility or going through fertility treatment
  • To shape UK best practice and policy in all matters relating to fertility at the workplace
  • To educate HR professionals, managers and colleagues on the impact of a fertility journey on an employee’s wellbeing
  • To improve diversity & inclusion, gender inequality, employee wellbeing and family support at the workplace

We promote fertility and reproductive health support in the workplace. This includes:

  • Thought leadership publications and research around the impact of infertility in the workplace
  • Webinars and in-person events / presentations on a variety of topics surrounding fertility wellbeing
  • Collaborations with industry-led associations such as CIPD and REBA
  • Networking events with other progressive professionals
  • Workshops with directors and board level employees looking to support their workforce
  • Cross-promotion of initiatives that our members are working on

Empowering companies to think differently

Join the UK's first employer-led community transforming fertility & family wellbeing in the workplace