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My name is Noni Martins and I am the host of Unfertility, a podcast that seeks to break the silence, shame and stigma around unconventional fertility journeys through the voices of black women (including my own).
I am Zimbabwean-British and my husband is Nigerian-British and we have been trying to conceive for over 4 years and it was close to the 3-year mark that we found out we had male factor infertility and that we would need IVF. We started IVF in Jan’ 2020 and we have had 3 failed embryo transfers so far.
As well as sharing my own unconventional fertility story, I host other Black women with their own stories, and professionals in the fertility sphere with the hope of bringing more visibility to these hidden stories.
Representation matters, dialogue matters, context matters, and safe spaces matter. In the words of Nichelle Polston, “If I have to be the poster child, I will become that poster child to get women to talk about their struggle… At one time, my fear was talking because I didn’t want people to gossip about me. Now, my fear is women not talking.”
For Black History Month 2020, I wrote the first ever patient blog for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) – which is the UK’s independent regulator of fertility treatment and research. I am thankful that here in the UK, we have an authority like the HFEA, that always puts the safety of IVF patients first – even when they stopped all treatment in March 2020, due to COVID, and made me cry like a baby! You can read the full article here.
Unfertility initially began as a blog and although it is now a podcast, where I will continue to share my journey towards motherhood as it unfolds,
you can still read all about my/our fertility journey from the very beginning and some recent updates on my blog.