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Jessica Hepburn

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Jessica Hepburn's Marathon Swim Story

Marathon Swim Stories

Questions, comments, feedback, or if you'd like to be a guest on Marathon Swim Stories, email me! mailto:shannon@intrepidwater.comMarathon Swim Stories is produced by Katee Meese: https://www.kateemeese.com/Stay in touch by joining our email list at http://intrepidwater.comJoin a supportive group of limit pushers at The Marathon Swimming CollectiveMusic credit:Epic Inspiration  by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5447-epic-inspiration-License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Swimming sounds courtesy of swimmer Todd Lantry.


3 Sep 2021

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Motherhood Lost with Jessica Hepburn

Positive Solace with Attika Choudhary

In this episode of Positive Solace: Women of Vision, Attika meets Jessica Hepburn, one of the UK's leading voices on fertility and family.Jessica has one of the most remarkable and inspiring stories to tell - overcoming adversity and going on to swim the channel to climbing Mount Everest more recently.While trying to become a mother, she went through 11 rounds of IVF treatment, and an ectopic pregnancy that almost proved fatal, she was down and out and staring into the abyss. Her long cherished ambition to have a family was over.The mental and physical strain had been enormous – often IVF stories have an extremely happy ending, making all the hurt and pain seemworthwhile. This one doesn't – there was no baby and no new life that had come from the deep love, support and commitment of her partner.She had a successful career in the arts, as executive director of the Lyric in Hammersmith, London, one of the country’s best known theatres and spearheaded its £20 million capital redevelopment plan – all the while hiding her intense pain and hurt – of not having a family.Describing this time as the “darkest period” of her life, she tells Attika what helped to drag herself from the depths of despair to findhope, zest and a new hunger for life. She has found the strength and conviction to put her experiences into writing - with a bestselling novel on fertility.Slowly, and methodically, she found it in writing and then in founding the Fertility Fest, co-creating the world’s very first arts festivaldedicated to fertility and modern family making, and finally and more recently, in Adventure Activism, combining her love of challenges withraising money for charity. She is no athlete as she tells Attika but set herself demanding physical goals.Listen to Jessica and Attika talk about how from the lowest of lows, you can find your way back to the top and they of course discuss fertility,what it means to be a mother or not in today’s world - and how the future might look like for women who want a family… and a life that isfulfilling too in other ways...You can find more about Fertility Fest here: https://www.fertilityfest.com/Also, here are some links to Jessica’s literary work. ‘21 Miles’­ - https://www.amazon.co.uk/21-Miles-Jessica-Hepburn/dp/1783526092‘The Pursuit of Motherhood’ - https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Pursuit-Motherhood-Jessica-Hepburn/1783061871 With thanks to the Positive Solace Team. Don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode. Be sure to check out our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PositiveSolace/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PositiveSolaceInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/positivesolace/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@positivesolace YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClhK6amRXNbMKZsEacDgyjw See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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6 Jul 2021

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E52: Swimming the Channel with Jessica Hepburn

Strong Voice Podcast

E52: Swimming the Channel with Jessica Hepburn


2 Feb 2021

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'I Feel Guilty For Having A Baby': Navigating Fertility And Friendship, With Jessica Hepburn, Gabby Voutier and Vanessa Haye

Am I Making You Uncomfortable?

When Gabby Voutier got pregnant with twins following IVF and a five-year struggle for a baby, she felt "guilty". Her friend, Jessica Hepburn, had struggled to conceive for over a decade. In this episode, we talk to the Fertility Fest co-founders about navigating their friendship, with and without children. We also hear tips from femelanin.org founder Vanessa Haye, on how to support a friend who's on a different fertility journey to you. Join in the conversation on social media by using #AIMYUTranscript link (copy & paste): https://www.huffp.st/VUtpgrPSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Nov 2020

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#275 OLIVE series: Jessica Hepburn on Life After IVF (#2)

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Hello and welcome to this special OLIVE mini series — all around the topic of my debut novel OLIVE which is out TODAY! In lieu of a launch party, I’ve decided to release this 4-part series on 4 different women’s varying experiences and attitudes towards motherhood, based on the topics within the book.The novel centres around Olive and her three best friends, Bea, Cecily and Isla. Bea is a mum of 3 who loves her busy chaotic home, Cecily is newly pregnant feeling apprehensive and excited, Isla is struggling with her fertility and undergoing IVF treatment. Olive knows that having children is not for her and recently broke up with her longterm boyfriend because he wanted to try for a baby and she didn’t — and this book explores the obstacle course of adulthood, navigating key life milestones, and how their friendships grow and change as they each figure out their own paths Today's guest is Jessica Hepburn is author/ arts producer, adventure activist — and one of the UK's leading patient voices on fertility, infertility, the science of making babies and modern families. Having been through eleven rounds of IVF, she has become a pioneer in raising awareness of what it means to struggle to create the family you long for, and how to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn't go to plan. I absolutely love this episode and hearing about Jessica’s story.  You can find out more about Jessica on her website, and order both her books here: https://www.jessicahepburn.com/booksThanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer.Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570034665&sr=1-5&tag=smarturl-gb-21See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Jul 2020

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Pareto Sales Surgery Episode 12: Jessica Hepburn - Adapting to change

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In episode 11, we spoke to Jessica Hepburn about resilience, bravery and adventure activism. At 34 she became one of the youngest women to run one of London’s biggest theatres - the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre - which she led for 10 years.   Then after deciding to have a family, and undergoing 11 unsuccessful rounds of IVF life changed. She originally saw silence as her strength but then was incredibly brave to speak out about her plight. She’s now one of the UK’s leading voices on fertility, author of two books, founder of the arts festival Fertility Fest (https://zurl.co/9TaC) and a regular public speaker and media commentator.    In the past decade she has also ran the London Marathon, swam the English channel, and will be climbing Everest next year!


8 Jun 2020

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Episode 43 - Jessica Hepburn Part 2 - adventure activism

The Mother of All Movement Podcast

Welcome back to part 2 of this wonderful talk with Jessica Hepburn who chats to us now about her new future as an adventure activist. As always, please rate and review and show us some love!


31 Oct 2019

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Episode 42 - Jessica Hepburn Part 1 - Fertility and Infertility Awareness, the meaning of motherhood

The Mother of All Movement Podcast

This week is National Fertility Awareness week in the UK and in recognition of that I wanted to put out this double episode of a long conversation I had with Jessica Hepburn.  Jessica Hepburn is the author of 2 books: The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood. Jessica is also the founder, in 2016, of Fertility Fest, the world's first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies, having previously held the role of Executive Director at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Jessica is an extraordinary woman for many reasons, she went through 11 rounds of ultimately unsuccessful IVF over 9 years and then decided to swim the English Channel and is now training to make an attempt to climb Everest.  Jessica’s book “21 Miles” made me realise that we need to have a broader conversation of what motherhood means and that I want to be part of a more responsible, diverse and inclusive message. You can find out about Jessica’s work here: https://www.jessicahepburn.com And Fertility Fest here: https://www.fertilityfest.com You can find her books on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2pdqqFa You can also follow Jessica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessicapursuit?lang=en Please do rate and review this episode on your podcast platform and hold on to listen to Part 2


29 Oct 2019

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From Infertility to Adventure Activism with Jessica Hepburn

Speak From the Body

This episode is with Jessica Hepburn, author of ‘The Pursuit of Motherhood’ and ‘21 Miles: Swimming in the Search of the Meaning of Motherhood’. Jessica is the co-founder of Fertility Fest, the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility and the science of making babies. Jessica is also an ‘adventure activist’ and has run the London Marathon, swum the English Channel and will attempt to climb Mount Everest. In this episode we talked about: Enduring 11 rounds of IVF in a decade, including pregnancy losses and a late ectopic pregnancy.  Going through fertility challenges in secret whilst professional success as a theatre director Writing as a therapeutic process The creation and growth of Fertility Fest, www.fertilityfest.com Brene Brown on vulnerability and shame https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en Sharing and speaking your truth  Showcasing art made by artists who have personal experience of infertility and fertility treatment The reality that the success rates of IVF are not high and it doesn’t work for everyone, everytime Being inclusive in the voices in the infertility/ IVF conversation Fertility is not just about women, men are 50% of the equation Calling for better fertility education in schools Returning to a childhood dream of swimming the English Channel Attempting to become the first woman to complete the ‘Pond to Peak Challenge’ Parallels between endurance challenges and going through IVF The pleasure and joy of food Jessica’s two books:  The Pursuit of Motherhood: https://amzn.com/1783061871 21 Miles:Swimming in the Search of the Meaning of Motherhood : https://amzn.com/1783528559 You can find out more about Jessica at www.jessicahepburn.com Fertilityfest.com Let’s connect! Here’s where you can find me: https://instagram.com/avnitouch https://twitter.com/avnitouch https://www.facebook.com/avnitouch


21 Jul 2019

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The Fertility Podcast

 Welcome to my first podcast takeover. All through 2019, I'll be sharing the presenting with various folk who I know within this fertility space who are doing amazing work as I thought you'd enjoy hearing directly from them.  This episode is all about Fertility Fest which if you've never heard about it, I think you are going to be impressed. It's an arts festival bringing together artists who have been affected by infertility and some of the leading fertility experts to discuss a wide range of issues.  It's the brilliant brainchild of Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier who are here to talk about how it came to be, what to expect and some of their best bits.  Find out more about the festival line up and plan your visit here  Also I talked about some of the previous chats with Jessica :  Our first ever chat, talking about unexplained infertility  When she swam the channel  Talking about Fertility Fest 2018 Follow Fertility Fest on twitter  and instagram 


13 Mar 2019