Lina Chan

Author: Lina Chan, Co-founder and CEO of Parla, advocate for pregnancy loss support

Lina Chan is the CEO and co-founder of Parla.  Lina spent most of her career working as a private equity investor in the US and the UK. 

After experiencing multiple pregnancy losses, difficulty conceiving and preterm birth, Lina became acutely aware of the gaps in women’s health care. She founded Parla in 2018 with the mission to improve women’s access to expert support and health education. 

She quickly grew the company to over 15,000 users in 80+ countries before being acquired by Holland & Barrett, Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer, in early 2022. 

Parla's approach addresses both the physical as well as mental health needs of women who face reproductive health challenges. Lina is passionate about women’s health and entrepreneurship leading her to support a wave of new women in the space and she regularly mentors female founders. 

Lina is also a regular public speaker advocating for women’s health issues at various events like GIANT Health, VivaTek, HIMSS Health and Femtechnology Summit. Born in Brazil, Lina lives in London with her husband and 3 children.

Julia Bueno

Author: Julia Bueno, Psychotherapist

Julia Bueno practises full-time as a UKCP registered psychotherapist
and supervisor in London. She has a particular expertise in working
with pregnancy loss and infertility, and trains therapists and others in
this field.

Her first book, The Brink of Being: Talking about Miscarriage (Virago
Press) won the British Medical Association Popular Medicine Book
Award 2021 and was the runner-up for the British Psychological
Society Book Award 2021. It has also been published in Poland,
Taiwan and the USA.

Her second book, also published by Virago Press, Everyone’s A Critic
(exploring self-criticism) was published in August 2022. Translation
rights for the Middle East, Romania and Poland have been agreed.

Her writing has been published in The Times, The Sunday Times, The
New York Times, Psychologyoday, and she reviews books for The
Times Literary Supplement.