Becoming a parent: Arranging time off for IVF

An already-emotional time can be made worse if you don’t have the right support, says Sarah Hardy – from your managers and from your colleagues

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No, I really don’t think we have a policy for that. I’m not quite sure I even know what that involves,” said my headteacher when I told him I was going to begin IVF.

I then had to explain the intricacies of follicle stimulation, scans, injections, blood tests. He listened and said: “Do what you need to, tell whoever you need to, take the time you need and prioritise this – we will be fine without you for a bit.”

It all felt a bit like I had just told my granddad that my baby-making capacities had gone awry.

Fortunately, as it happened, we had a fantastic policy, which gave me paid leave – ...

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