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Catherine Bellantonio with a patient. Photo: Genea

Navigating tech, tough conversations in fertility care

As part of our Specialty Focus series, spotlighting the work of nurses across the country, Nursing Review sits down with Catherine Bellantonio, who has worked at IVF and fertility clinic Genea for the past seven years.

In the interview, Bellantonio, a nurse coordinator, details the intricacies of speaking with fertility care patients and the technological advancements in the field that she’s been happy to see.

Assisted reproductive technology is a constantly changing field, Bellantonio says, and being up to date with the science involved is essential to managing patient expectations at the beginning of contact and as they proceed through treatment.

“Patients come to us already well informed; they can find everything out on the internet,” Bellantionio said. “So, as nurses, we need to have a broad range of answers for the treatments available, not just within Australia, but what is being offered all over the world.”

Below, Bellatonio shares her advice on keeping up with a rapidly changing industry and navigating complex conversations.

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