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Dec. 9, 2022

#073: Infertility: It’s Time to Talk with Andrea Byrne

#073: Infertility: It’s Time to Talk with Andrea Byrne

The challenge of normalising conversation around taboo topics.


Normalising conversation about any taboo topic, is a challenging mission. And when that topic is something you have deeply personal experience of, it takes the challenge to a whole new level: especially when the topic is as complex and emotionally charged as living with infertility.

It's an intense experience that changes lives and challenges relationships - with partners, family, friends and (especially) ourselves. It’s not just emotionally and physically exhausting, it can leave us questioning who we are at the deepest level of our own personal identity.

It’s not surprising that infertility can leave us feeling isolated on many levels. There is so much to make sense of, and how do you share a story that may not be yours alone to share?

Andrea has spent her professional life giving voice to other people’s stories and, as a result of her own experience navigating the world of fertility, she is on a mission to tackle the stigma and reduce the isolation associated with infertility.  A true story teller, she shares the story of her mission and how, during the period where she was simply unable to give voice to her own story, she was inspired by the people who were sharing when she couldn’t.

Andrea Byrne is one of the faces of ITV news, anchoring the BAFTA award-winning daily news programme, Wales At Six, as well as ITV’s national bulletins. Andrea also presents the current affairs programme Wales This Week and presents her own fertility podcast, Making Babies.

This episode is for anyone in need of inspiration that they just can’t find inside themselves right now, and for women who are leading change and want to feel more comfortable with sharing their own story. It’s an episode about identity, self-acceptance and self-belief.


MORE ABOUT MY GUEST: ANDREA BYRNE 

Andrea Byrne is one of the faces of ITV news, anchoring the BAFTA award-winning daily news programme, Wales At Six, as well as ITV’s national bulletins. In addition to her news portfolio, Andrea also presents the current affairs programme Wales This Week and presents her own fertility podcast, Making Babies.

Away from the newsroom, Andrea is a keen yogi, a novice stand-up paddle boarder, and a budding novelist. She’s also married to Wales and Lions legend, Lee Byrne.

Andrea’s full bio and contact details can be found on her personal guest page.

  

ABOUT YOUR HOST: SUE REVELL

Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world.  With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see.  Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.

TO CONNECT WITH / HEAR MORE FROM SUE: 

Sign up for news & updates:  Mission Mojo Sign-Up

Join the Women on a Mission Community:  Facebook Group

Connect with Sue at:  Her website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram

 

RESOURCES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE:

Book a “Mission Possible” exploration call with Personal Leadership Coach, Sue Revell

Download your free copy of  Your Mission Matters – and/or download the accompanying podcast episode to talk you through your self-evaluation.

Making Babies – A fertility podcast with Andrea Byrne

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Andrea Byrne

ITV Newscaster, Presenter & Podcaster

Andrea Byrne is one of the faces of ITV News. She anchors the BAFTA award-winning daily
news programme Wales at Six, as well as ITV’s national bulletins.

This has included ITV Weekend News, Lunchtime News, Evening News and
News at Ten. Securing one of the first solo interviews with Prince Harry is amongst her broadcast highlights.

Andrea also presents the current affairs programme Wales This Week and presents her own fertility podcast ‘Making Babies’.

She is an ambassador for ‘The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme’; a Trustee for the organ donation charity ‘Believe’ and a Non-Executive Director for Hockey Wales.

Andrea is married to Wales and Lions legend Lee Byrne. She is passionate about wellbeing and pioneered the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders in ITV’s newsrooms.

Away from the newsroom, she is a keen yogi, a novice stand-up paddle-boarder and a budding novelist!

To watch Andrea's TEDx talk, click on the YouTube link below.