Sharon Davidson
Regional Organiser Northern Ireland

“Motivating Service Users to actively campaign for improvements to NHS fertility services in N. Ireland is critical in my role” 

Fiona O'Donnell
Support Group Coordinator for Northern Ireland

"The support groups can be very useful for practical information about treatments and options but sometimes its just good to be in the company of others who understand why you feel the way you do."

I have been working for I N UK as the Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland since November 2004. Prior to that, in 1998, I co-founded on a voluntary basis, the Stork Infertility Support Group in Belfast, which continues to run on a monthly basis. More Detail

Time and again people come to the groups after years of treatment and they so often say they wish they had done it sooner! I would encourage even those only starting out, to join a group so they can get the support and information they need from day one. More Detail

Infertility Network Northern Ireland

We are here specifically to help anyone in Northern Ireland, whether you are looking for information or support, or just want to have a chat about your current situation. Not just a picture in our quarterly magazine or on the website but someone you can meet with a local support groups and talk to face to face, something which can be vital in terms of helping to remove the isolation often felt when you first discover that you have fertility problems. 

We work with local clinics as well as other health professionals, including GPs, to ensure that you have access to the most up to date and appropriate local information, and we encourage other patients to join our campaign and lobby for better access to NHS treatment.

Our staff in Northern Ireland run local support groups, providing a safe environmnet for you to share experiences and chat - there are real benefits in being able to connect with others in your own area who are also struggling to conceive.  Feedback from our members confirms that our staff's dedication, tenacity and positive support have been a lifeline at times of real sadness,  We can put you in touch with others in your area, giving you someone to chat to who also understands the particular issues in your local area, and you can find out more about the support groups and counselling available in Northern Ireland, or simply get in touch with Sharon or Fiona for a chat.

If you are looking for a clinic in Northern Ireland visit the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority website.

If you would like to find out more about NHS funding in Northern Ireland then please visit the NHS Funding section of our website, where you can also download template letters to lobby your MLA and help the campaign to have more cycles funded on the NHS.