“Fertility of hope”: a delicate balance for patients and providers

Precongress Course 9

SIG Psychology and Counselling  Special Interest Group Psychology and Counselling

Course co-ordinator
Giuliana Baccino (Spain)


Course type


Course description
Providing and receiving hope in ART is crucial for patients and providers. However we need to find a balance between keeping hope vs preparing for failure.
The aim of this course is to have a deeper understanding of the consecuences of overpersistence in ART, how to manage patients expectations and how to communicate with patients about their prognosis.


Target audience
Psychologists, counsellors, medical doctors and nurses.


Educational needs and expected outcomes
This is the first PCC that is oriented in finding a balance between the hope that is given by new procedures, or techniques, or tests in ART, and real situations after failure. We need to know how to help our patients, even if we/they fail.
  • To learn how to manage bad numbers and how to prepare patiens for failure
  • To learn how to manage expectactions among the fertility team and among patients
  • To learn what helps and what doesn't help during treatment
  • To learn how to reinvent hope in different situations


Monday 28 June 2021

Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
09:00 - 09:20
Is there a thing as too much hope? Overpersistence in ART
Nicky Hudson, United Kingdom
09:20 - 09:30
09:30 - 09:50
What we know about sharing bad news in assisted reproduction.
Daniela Leone, Italy
09:50 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:20
How do physicians communicate with patients about success rates prognosis? managing the numbers vs inspiring optimist
Nicholas Macklon, Denmark
10:20 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
Session 2: Patients expectations and hope management
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
11:00 - 11:30
Reinventing hope after unsuccessful treatment.
Bethan Rowbottom, United Kingdom
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
The usefulness of being hopeful during treatment.
Jacky Boivin, United Kingdom
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00
Keeping hope vs preparing for failure: a balancing act.
Sofia Gameiro, United Kingdom
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
Managing patients and professional expectations.
Uschi Van den Broeck, Belgium
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break
Session 3: The voice of patients
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
15:30 - 16:00
The “never give up” secret.
Catherine Strawbridge, United Kingdom
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
What happens when we did it all and hope fails
Jessica Hepburn, United Kingdom
16:45 - 17:00