The Haven: staff network summer events


May 14th, 2024

The Haven Staff Network are pleased to invite staff members to a number of events that are designed to support people experiencing baby loss or fertility issues.   

At each in-person event, you will be able to find the network by looking out for the discreet tent image shown below:

Upcoming events include:

  • Thursday 30 May 2024
    Fertility café (in person)
    Drop in between 12.30pm -1.30pm
    Trent Café – look out for the discreet ‘tent’ poster
  • Tuesday 4 June 2024
    Miscarriage and baby loss peer support picnic (in person)
    Drop in between 12 noon – 1.30pm
    Serenity Garden, Highfields (far end, past the lake) or Trent Café, if heavy rain – look out for the discreet ‘tent’ poster
  • Monday 10 June 2024
    Pregnancy after infertility or loss café (online)

    From 12 noon – 1.30pm
    via
    Teams link (or email @MS-thehaven for a meeting request)
  • Friday 21 June 2024
    Fertility, miscarriage, baby loss and unchosen childlessness café (online)
    From 12 noon – 1.30pm
    via Teams link (or email @MS-thehaven for a meeting request) 

Events are open to staff members of any gender who identify with the topic. More information about each type of event can be found in the short glossary below.   

You do not need to be a network/Teams site member to join in with an event. They are for informal, mutually supportive and confidential conversations between colleagues with shared experiences, with no set agenda beyond ‘what do attendees want to talk about today?’.   

There is no need to book, but do feel free to ask any questions or to request a meeting request for any event by emailing the team at @MS-thehaven.   

The Haven is an inclusive network that recognises that fertility and loss issues are intersectional. If you need a conversation on fertility or loss experiences relating to a particular gender, health issue or other personal circumstance, please contact @MS-thehaven to let us know what support you would welcome.  

Learn more about The Haven network and join the confidential MS Teams site via the staff networks page. 

Glossary of events

What: Fertility café in person 
Who: For staff of all genders who have experienced challenges or issues in starting or extending their family.
Why: To discuss and offer/access informal peer support around infertility/subfertility including unexplained and Male Factor, assisted conception such as IUI and IVF, surrogacy, use of donors, adoption, and any other reproductive/family planning issues.     

What: Miscarriage and baby loss peer support picnic
Who: For staff of all genders who have experienced the death of an infant or the ending of a wanted pregnancy including through compassionate induction, miscarriage at any gestation, or stillbirth.
Why: To discuss and offer/access informal peer support and to talk about your experiences (if you wish) with others who understand.     

What: Pregnancy after infertility or loss online café
Who: For staff of all genders who are currently expecting a baby*, following challenges in starting or extending their family and/or previous pregnancy loss.
Why: To discuss and offer/access informal peer support during what can be a very anxious and emotional time.  

*Staff members may be pregnant themselves, or their partner or surrogate may be currently pregnant. 

What: Fertility, miscarriage, baby loss and unchosen childlessness on-line café 
Who: For staff of all genders, who may or may not be current members of The Haven staff network.
Why: To discuss and offer/access informal and confidential peer support on any issues relating to fertility challenges, miscarriage or baby loss, or unchosen childlessness. 

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