A journey to Greece for solo IVF during the pandemic – podcast

In early March, the music journalist and broadcaster Laura Barton arrived in Heraklion, Crete to begin solo IVF treatment. After multiple miscarriages and a relationship breakup the previous year, Laura decided to try and have a child by herself. Her local health authority did not treat single women, so Laura opted for Greece, where she had been told there were good, affordable clinics.

Laura tells Rachel Humphreys about flying out of London just as the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping through Europe. She arrived in Greece the day the country began its lockdown. Undergoing IVF at any time is a peculiar experience, she says. But in the midst of a pandemic, it became surreal.

Photograph: Laura Barton/The Guardian

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