U1D: Nursing challenges - Preparing for pregnancy


The transition from fertility to midwifery care – An RCN publication

Francesca Steyn, Director of Fertility and Women’s Health, Peppy Health 

Francesca Steyn is the Director of Fertility and Women’s Health services at Peppy. She has a special interest in donor conception, surrogacy and fertility care for LGBTQIA people.

Francesca has co-authored RCN publications for fertility nursing staff and has published Department of Health guidance on surrogacy best practice and care in surrogate births. She was awarded surrogacy professional of the year in both 2018 and 2019 at the National Surrogacy Awards and has had the opportunity to present her work on both national and international platforms. She is also a member of the legislative reform advisory group, appointed by the HFEA to modernise the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.


High-risk and complex cases

Aoife Corley, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, ReproMed Ireland

Presentation learning objectives:

  • How do we identify high-risk/complex cases
  • How we plan the management of high-risk/complex cases
  • Will look at 3 case studies of high-risk/complex cases

Aoife graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Midwifery, the first year this degree was offered in Ireland. She staffed in her training hospital with antenatal, labour ward and postnatal experience before moving into the field of fertility in 2011.

Aoife completed a Graduate Certificate in Fertility and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound in 2013 and in 2019 became Ireland’s first ESHRE Certified MAR Nurse/ Midwife.

Aoife has worked with ReproMed Ireland since early 2014 starting as Fertility Midwife Specialist. She has held the position of Nurse/ Midwife Manager and in early 2022 was appointed Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the ReproMed Group which includes clinics in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Drogheda.

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Recurrent miscarriage: The role of progesterone  

Julia Bradley, Matron, SBU Wales Fertility Institute, UK