Fiona McPhillips
Fiona McPhillips is a freelance journalist. She is also the author of Trying To Conceive and the co-founder and director of the infertility charity, Pomegranate.

Entries by Fiona McPhillips

Our Lives, Our Choice

(1) Comments | Posted 26 September 2015 | (00:00)

When I couldn't have a baby, people said, "be thankful for what you've got", "focus on the good things in your life", "maybe God didn't want you to have a baby". The Irish public health service doesn't offer any fertility treatment and no health insurer covers private treatment.

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A Return to Burnout Britain?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (01:02)

Are you happy with your work-life balance? Most of us are according to the government's Work Life Balance Employee Survey. Over half of UK employers now offer flexible working hours and the vast majority of employees report that this improves workplace morale. However, when more than...

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How to Survive a Home Renovation

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2015 | (22:16)

Before you start your house renovation, know this: it will take longer than you planned, be more stressful than you imagined and cost more than you can afford. You won't know how you'll find the time, the perseverance and the money but somehow, someway, you will. And in the end,...

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Bystander Intervention in Rape Culture

(1) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (23:53)

Would you intervene if you witnessed a sexual assault? Would you call the police if you felt unable or unwilling to tackle the perpetrator?

A video has emerged showing hundreds of people standing and watching while an incapacitated woman was gang raped on a beach in Florida during...

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But What About the Men?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (15:52)

"A truly equal world," wrote Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her bestseller, Lean In, "would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes."

A common accusation levelled at feminism is that men and women are equal now so any...

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From Fast Fashion to Slow Style

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2013 | (12:42)

Who doesn't love a bargain? Two for the price of one, 25% off, an entire outfit for under thirty quid? Does a bargain haul make us sharp, savvy shoppers or is there more to the cost of clothing than meets the eye?

I'm going to hold my hands up: I'm...

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Let's Talk About Infertility

(10) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (00:00)

Nobody expects to be in for the long haul when they start trying for a baby. It is supposed to be a time of great hope and anticipation, when you start planning your new lives together. It is true that having a baby changes your life, but not having one...

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Are You a Feminist?

(87) Comments | Posted 23 September 2013 | (00:00)

Are you a feminist?

If you've paused to contemplate your answer, then here are a couple of questions that might help you clarify your position.

Do you think that men and women should be treated equally?

Do you think that sexism prevents this?

If you have answered yes to both...

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