Along with my son Tim Wyatt, a religion and social affairs journalist, I run a podcast called Matters of Life and Death. Each episode is a conversation between the two of us discussing how Christians can engage with a particular issue around healthcare, ethics, technology, science or faith. You can subscribe to the podcast on all podcast apps, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or you can listen to our latest episodes below.

Infertility and IVF: Hidden wounds, premature quintuplets, embryo donation and the procreative-unitive bond Matters of Life and Death

Today we are delving into a complex and sensitive topic – infertility and IVF. The statistics suggest about one in seven couples will be unable to conceive without some kind of medical intervention, and the most popular form of reproductive treatment is in vitro fertilisation – IVF. Partly because infertility is such a painful time for many of those experiencing it, we don’t talk about it much. The same is also true of IVF, even though today in some places the procedure now accounts for as many as five per cent of all births. In this episode we wanted to consider how infertility interacts with both church culture and broader society, for good or ill, and then examine the complicated ethical questions raised by IVF treatment. Some links which may be helpful for Christians who are experiencing infertility:Saltwater and Honey – a collection of voices sharing their stories about infertility, miscarriage, childlessness and faith, plus lots of resourcesThe Rhythm of Hope – an annual retreat and community for Christian couplesWaiting for Children – a course which many churches around the UK run, including HTB who are running it onlineJohn's book Matters of Life and Death also has several chapters exploring infertility and reproductive technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Infertility and IVF: Hidden wounds, premature quintuplets, embryo donation and the procreative-unitive bond
  2. Assisted dying: The Meacher Bill, radicals in the Lords, Canada's slippery slope and fragile conscience protections
  3. Abusive leadership: Mark Driscoll, the hermeneutic of suspicion, Sigmund Freud's chaise longue, and Paul-Timothy relationships
  4. The Robot Will See You Now: Human uniqueness, AI musicians, surveillance capitalism and ditching Google
  5. Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity

If you have enjoyed listening to Matters of Life and Death, please share it with your friends and family and leave a review in your podcast app. We have begun by discussing different aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, but over time we hope to gradually cover a wide range of topics including assisted suicide, the rise of artificial intelligence and much more. We are also very interested in hearing questions or comments from listeners, so if you have any thoughts or would like to suggest a topic for us to cover, please email mattersoflifeanddeathpodcast@gmail.com.





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