Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility? Biotechnologies and the Transformations of Reproductive Life

Postponing Childbirth, Extending Fertility: two day symposium




The postponement of childbirth has become an issue of significance to policy makers, medical experts, demographers, and social scientists, as well as for people wishing to become parents.

In the Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort (DMU), we are working on a number of projects which explore age, time, gender, reproduction and technology.  This two day international symposium invited key authors, researchers and other stakeholders in the field to join us in exploring and reflecting on this growing body of work and the ways in which the lifecourse and 'life itself' (Rose 2007) are being reconfigured by technologies of age and timing.

Research Team

Dr Nicky Hudson (PI) – Reader in Medical Sociology and Reproduction Research Group (RRG) Lead, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Professor Lorraine Culley – Independent Consultant and Emeritus Professor of Social Science and Health, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Kylie Baldwin - Lecturer in Sociology and Health Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Dr Nolwenn Buhler - Research Fellow, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Dr Cathy Herbrand – Research Fellow, RRG, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Caroline Law - Research Assistant, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

The Symposium

A two-day international symposium was held in May 2016 at De Montfort University with representation from a range of stakeholders including: academics, clinical practitioners, charity and advocacy group representatives, independent researchers and PHD students. 

This project was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the School of Applied Social Sciences at De Montfort University.

For the full programme and list of speakers, please click here


If you would like to find out more about this project please contact:

Dr Nicky Hudson

Reader in Medical Sociology

Faculty Health and Life Sciences

School of Applied Social Sciences

Hawthorn Building,

De Montfort, University,

The Gateway,


LE1 9BH.

Tel: +44 (0)116 207 8766

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