Test Tube Baby

Test Tube Baby

By Tristan Hall and Miranda Burns

Welcome to our podcast family!


We are Tristan and Miranda, and this is our BRAND NEW podcast - Test Tube Baby.


Join us on our 'IVF Journey' as we chat through the highs and lows of trying to get pregnant. 1 in 7 couples struggle with infertility and we are that one. In true Tristan and Miranda style there’ll be a whole lot of tangents, more than one euphemism and inevitably we will expose and embarrass ourselves. 


NEW EPISODES EVERY MONDAY




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Episodes

Episode 31 - Anti-D and Generation Z(ee)

We have to start with an apology. So sorry to all of you who expected an episode last week... but it's here now!We chat through all that's happened in the past couple of weeks including 4D scans and the Anti-D injection. We then go on a 10 minute rant all about how old we feel, and Tristan airs his frustrations around TECHNICALLY being Gen-Z.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/2134m 16s

Episode 30 - The return of Mr and Mrs

We're back with another Mr and Mrs one to celebrate our 30th Episode! Thank y'all so much for listening and sticking by us through the past 30 episodes, you're all the best and we love you.Today there's more questions about each other, and we talk you through how Tristan proposed to Miranda! How cute.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/2139m 8s

Episode 29 - IVF Survival Kit

This week's episode is all about what YOU need during IVF. The things you'll need to pack in your bag on this pilgrimage, like an infertile Mary Poppins.We talk you through day to day useful bits as well as essentials for your egg collection hospital bag.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/2129m 47s

Episode 28 - Birth Plans and Inductions

This week, it's all things BIRTH. Why do so many medial professionals prefer inductions for IVF pregnancies? What is the right thing to do? How the hell does that come out of there? We answer (most of) the big questions around the big day.DISCLAIMER: We are NOT medical professionals and you should always take advice from people who actually know what they're talking about; any idiot can pick up a microphone and make a podcast, be careful out there.Love and hugs, your favourite idiots xFollow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/2128m 35s

Episode 27 - Difficult Appointments & Chocolate

Hello you lovely lot! This week we fill you in on what went on at our 24 week consultant appointment, which was probably the worst appointment either of us have ever had. We also give you tips on how to deal with difficult appointments or insensitive medical professionals.We give you the run down on the state of the UK's chocolate market and Tristan offends millions of people in just one episode. Oh dear. Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/2142m 24s

Episode 26 - 24 Weeks Means Viability

This one is a big milestone for us... the NHS say that once you are 24 weeks pregnant, you reach the point of viability, where they'll do everything they can to help a baby if it comes early. We're VERY excited to be here and feel so lucky to have all of your support.We also run through Miranda's second trimester symptoms, and fill you in on a few little bits that have been going on since we last spoke.Don't forget to tag us in your Instagram stories! Let us know where you're listening and we'll give you a share and a shout-out next week.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/2129m 48s

Episode 25 - Midwife's Top Tips

It's only taken us 25 bloody episodes to get a medical professional on who ACTUALLY knows what they're talking about... Tristan's sister Charlie (a former midwife) sat down with us to prep this one and gave us SO MANY great tips to help during pregnancy, labour and in the 'Fourth Trimester".Obviously it goes without saying that you should check with your own midwife / GP / medical professional of your choice before making drastic changes. Just some helpful tips to get you through!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2154m 19s

Episode 24 - Questions to ask at your first IVF Appointment

Today we're taking it back to that first IVF appointment, and giving you a few important things to ask your consultant. Think of it as a bit of a 'cheat sheet' of conversation starters, like you're a bit of a recluse going on a blind date, you know. Miranda also overshares to unprecedented levels, and trust us when we say this is NOT one you want to miss. Tristan gives his latest impression and tells you all how proud he is of his slip and slide efforts.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/2135m 9s

Episode 23 - World IVF Day & 20 Week Scan

This week, Miranda is joined by Andy Murray (Tristan). We also chat through our experience of being publicly open about our infertility / IVF journey, as well as a bit about the history of IVF.We update you on how our 20 week scan went and Tristan shows off how good he is at impressions (Tristan wrote this).Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/2129m 13s

Episode 22 - Our Journey So Far

We're so sorry again. Tristan took the reins for this one, and like the terrible jockey he is, we didn't make it past the first fence. If you include IVF, we are just shy of 5 months into our 'IVF pilgrimage', so thought we were overdue a recap! Hear us recount our story from the week leading up to starting IVF, all the way through to our 20 week pregnancy scan. Bathroom injections, employee fraud and sweaty boobs - it's all covered!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/2146m 1s

Episode 21 - Testing Old Wives Tales

This week, we've lost the plot. Sorry in advance, but it's a funny one!We run through 10 of the 'Old wives tales' for assessing the potential foetal sex - spoiler alert, they're not very good at it. Tristan also shows off too much in his dressing gown and Miranda eats a kilogram of Greek yoghurt. As we said, we've lost the plot.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/2129m 11s

Episode 20 - IVF/Endo Q&A and Gender Reveal

TRIGGER WARNING: At the end of the episode we answer 2 questions about miscarriage, we do let you know when this is about to happen so please do switch off if that isn't for you.This week, you've written the episode for us. We answer YOUR questions from Miranda's instagram, covering all things IVF and Endometriosis. As promised, we will also be revealing the gender of baby Hall! Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/2153m 49s

Episode 19 - 16 Weeks and Counting...

Join us for an update on all things pregnancy as we mark 4 months with a little person inside Miranda.We update you on symptoms, Miranda's massive boobs and Tristan describes his very own ultrasound experience. Oh, and Miranda has a chubby armpit.Head over to Instagram to cast your vote on our BOY vs GIRL post. Listen next week to find out if you were right!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/2128m 42s

Episode 18 - Mr & Mrs

WE'RE BACK after a week off and this week it's all about us. Isn't it always? Well this week it's EXTRA us. We realised many of you will know everything about our fetility/spem/ovaries/wombs etc, but nothing about us! So this week, it's you chance to hear a bit more about the people in your ears. Miranda reveals all about her messiness and trust me when I say you won't believe some of the stuff she'd done! Tristan describes being arrested in Kenya, and we introduce you to Miranda's pet potato.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2138m 0s

Episode 17 - One for the Lads

This week, it's all about the lads. Tristan answers your questions about his experience and shares some wisdom with y'all. From issues with mates, to emotional support and supplement advice, we cover it all!Miranda describes 'special sinks' in Amsterdam and how Henry VIII's attitude to his own infertility was NOT how to be. Also a quick apology for our awful voices, both VERY under the weather this week but couldn't miss a pod for you lot!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/2144m 46s

Episode 16 - The Two Week Wait

The Two Week Wait is pretty scary - after being looked after day in, day out you're finally let loose to face the big wide world all on your own, like a fledgling baby bird without its mother. In this episode, we talk through our coping mechanisms and little life hacks which got us through those daunting 14 days.Tristan also has a confession about the most recent party at the in-laws... Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/2136m 32s

Episode 15 - Pregnancy After Loss

This one is very important to us. Today we are talking you through our experience of our current pregnancy following our miscarriage last year. Everyone is different but this is our experience and some advice for navigating pregnancy after infertility and miscarriage. TW: We talk about miscarriage and current pregnancy in this episode. It was a harder one to record, and if it's not for you - join us next week!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2134m 0s

Episode 14 - Things We Wish We'd Known Before Starting IVF

Let's run you through all the the things WE wish we'd known before we started IVF. Some of these we've been told by you lovely lot, and some we've had to learn for ourselves, but we'd love it if we could make your experience just a little bit easier by sharing them with the world!From where to put your pessaries, to psyching yourself up for two wanks in the space of an hour, we're telling all. We also talk you through a few old wives tales, all of which we did an COULD HAVE played a part in our successful embryo transfer....Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2139m 33s

Episode 13 - How much did our IVF cost?

The one you've been waiting for... this is our MOST REQUESTED topic, and one we've been slightly unsure about doing, but nothing is off the table and we're being completely honest!Find out how much every part of IVF (ICSI) has cost us, from the first consultation all the way up to embryo freezing. We also give you handy real world comparisons to show just how much it costs! Hear our in depth analysis of hotel breakfast strategies.Obviously this is our experience of ICSI and all clinics will be slightly different. We also had a lot of the pre-treatment tests and appointments twice (cos COVID) so our costs are slightly higher anyway. FINALLY... we are so unbelievably lucky to have had help from family as well as our own savings, and so so lucky to have been successful first time. If you have ANY questions, please do reach out to us!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/2128m 18s

Episode 12 - Reassurance Scan and Uber Eats "Beef"

This week marks our first midwife appointment and scan outside of our fertility clinic. We've graduated and it's equal parts terrifying and incredible. Also Tristan fills you all in on his recent altercation with Uber Eats - Tristan 1, Uber 0.Thank you so much to Hey Baby 4D in Southampton who came across our story and wanted to help out! Here's their website if you fancy a gander: HeyBaby4D Southampton or their instagram @heybaby4dsouthamptonFollow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2129m 21s

Episode 11 - THE PREGNANCY TEST...

Well this is pretty terrifying. Today, we tell you all about our 'two week wait' pregnancy test, and then the agonising wait for a scan a few weeks later. We also take a detour to discuss awkward underwear moments... are you surprised?Thank you all so much for listening and being so caring through all of this, every single one of you who has checked in - it means the world. We're going to keep going with TTB but things will change a bit, IVF will still be our number 1 priority, but listen to the end to find out all about our plans for the pod!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2136m 41s

Episode 10 - Fertility Supplements and Men's Waxing

Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder...This week, we talk through all the supplements Miranda was on that led to all four of our eggs retrieved, reaching day 5 post fertilisation. We also discuss which progesterone pessary brand is best, and give an update on Miranda's post-transfer symptoms. Oh yeah, and Tristan describes his experience of getting a Gentleman's intimate wax. Trust us when we say this is NOT one to be missed!Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2130m 52s

Episode 9 - Embryo Transfer and Grading

IVF Cycle COMPLETE! 3 weeks,17 injections,4 scans,2 procedures,6 nurses,5 embryologists,13 antral folicles,4 eggs,2 sperm samples produced,4 fertilised,4 blastocysts,2 frozen,1 TRANSFERRED.This week, we talk through exactly what went down during Embryo Transfer, as well as how our Embryos were graded on Day 5. We also look at some of the statistics around success rates and even how different grades can affect gender...Of course, we had the mandatory McDonalds chips to round off what was potentially the most important day of our lives.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2135m 35s

Episode 8 - Egg Retrieval and Fertilisation

Egg Retrieval is DONE. Today, we talk all about our experience of the procedure, how successful it was and where we're at right now after fertilisation. Tristan describes his intimate experience involving a hospital bed, a sample pot and a slow bald man. Miranda gives a run down of how she felt before, during and after egg retrieval. Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2138m 38s

Episode 7 - What ACTUALLY happens during IVF?

T'was the night before egg retrieval and all through the... clinic?! Today, we run you through everything that happens in the run up to egg retrieval and what goes on during the retrieval procedure. We update you on how IVF has gone for us so far, and explain what all the drugs we're injecting Miranda with are doing. We also place our bets on how many eggs we'll get...Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2123m 35s

Episode 6 - LIVE Injection and Antral Folicles

One week and two days into IVF, here's an update on how things are cookin'. Miranda does a live injection that doesn't quite go to plan in an incident involving her entire family and a cat. Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2124m 11s

Episode 5 - IVF Begins...

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. We have OFFICIALLY started IVF. In this episode we find out how Miranda's ovaries are looking, the amount of eggs we could possibly retrieve and take an in depth look at the UK's Meal Deal market.Oh yeah, not forgetting the singing sonographer with the vaginal probe.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2127m 51s

Episode 4 - Our Miscarriage

TW: In this episode, we talk about the emotional impact losing our daughter has had on our lives over the past year. If you are affected by anything in this episode, you can visit miscarriageassociation.org.uk or use their helpline: 01924 200799. We talk through a timeline of how it happened, the warning signs as well as the long term effects it has had on us, with feelings of jealousy and anger. This really is a 'lay it all on the table' kind of chat.If this one isn't for you, the next episode is out too! Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2138m 17s

Episode 3 - The One About The Sperm Test

Sperm is still a pretty taboo subject, and something guys and girls don't really talk about, and yet the little fellas are pretty damn important!In this episode we'll tell you EVERYTHING about what it's like to do a sperm sample. Nothing is off limits and Tristan is ready to bear all! From issues with sperm that can cause infertility, to in depth analysis of sample room decor and even another handy tip for keeping your sperm happy all year round. Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2131m 13s

Episode 2 - Surgeries, Supplements & Scans

Welcome to Episode 2 of Test Tube Baby!A whole lotta stuff has got to go down before you can even THINK about IVF. We were poked, prodded and milked all in the name of science and baby making.Today we'll cover the surgeries and fertility tests that we have had to undergo, as well as the supplements Miranda is taking to improve her eggs and how we met, 'cause we guess that's important too! Plus ever heard of a Testicuzzi? We're about to open your eyes.Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/2129m 16s

Episode 1 - Dodgy Sperm and Blocked Tubes

Welcome to the first ever episode of Test Tube Baby!Let's start at the beginning - why are we having IVF? At just 22 and 25 we were declared "medically infertile", and in this episode, we explain why. We're sure you can appreciate, it's not something you really want to hear 6 months into a relationship, but here we are a whole year later, FINALLY starting IVF. Today we'll cover a bit about our diagnosis, how the IVF process works and Tristan's first experience doing a sperm test. We also discuss how planning for the future is playing a huge part in decisions we're making during this process, even as a couple in our 20s. Follow us over on Instagram@testtubebabypod@miranda.burns@tristan.hall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/2122m 8s

Test Tube Baby - TRAILER

Welcome to our podcast family! We are Tristan and Miranda, and this is our BRAND NEW podcast - Test Tube Baby. Join us on our 'IVF Journey' as we chat through the highs and lows of trying to get pregnant. 1 in 7 couples struggle with infertility and we are that one. In true Tristan and Miranda style there’ll be a whole lot of tangents, more than one euphemism and inevitably we will expose and embarrass ourselves. NEW EPISODES EVERY MONDAY See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/211m 10s
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