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Reproductive Ageing and Fertility Myths

Professor Susan Bewley
on Reproductive Ageing and Fertility Myths

Professor Susan Bewley will describe the biological consequences of the recent increase in older-age pregnancies and family planning. Describing how technology has both contributed to the success of this trend (for better or worse) and why there’s a pressing need for public health outreach on the matter. Teenagers are told in school not to get pregnant and women are often encouraged to put their careers before starting a family—but at what cost?

Professor Susan Bewley qualified as a doctor in 1982. She has a degree in medical law and ethics, was the first woman trained in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the UK and worked as an obstetrician with pregnant women for almost 30 years. Her main research interests are severe maternal morbidity and violence in pregnancy. She has observed the much-hyped successes and much less well recognised harms of assisted reproduction and IVF over the past four decades. She was a member of the NICE Fertility Guideline Group and chaired the recent Intrapartum Guideline Development Group.
Further reading:Bewley S, Welch J (eds). The ABC of domestic and sexual violence. Wiley 2014Daly I, Bewley S. Reproductive ageing and conflicting clocks: King Midas’ touch. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 2013 DOI: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.09.012Vasireddy A, Bewley S. Tragic outcome of post-menopausal pregnancy: an obstetric commentary. Reproductive Biomedicine Online 2013 DOI10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.05.005
Vasireddy A, Bewley S. IVF is safe over 50 if it is not fatal. Am J Perinatol 2013
Bewley S, Foo L, Braude P. Adverse outcomes of IVF. Br Med J 2011;342-3:d436
Bewley S, Foo L. Are doctors still improving childbirth? In: Birth Rites and Rights. Hart Publishing, Cambridge 2011:51-76
Bewley S, Moth P, Khalaf Y. A complicated IVF twin pregnancy. Human Reproduction 2010:25:1082-4
Bewley S, Ledger W, Nickolou D (eds.) Reproductive Ageing RCOG Press, London 2009.
Bewley S, Davies M, Braude P. Which career first? The most secure time for childbearing remains 20-35. BMJ 2005:588-9


Prof Susan Bewley | talks


Date and Time:

18 April 2017 at 7:00 pm


3 hours



The Book Club
100-106 Leonard Street
0207 684 8618
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Empirical Sex
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