health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum - for help to find it, you can start your search… Continue reading Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

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fertility, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

Can a woman really fall pregnant, when she is already carrying a surrogacy pregnant?  This is not an issue I generally include for discussion in my pre-surrogacy implications counselling for women contemplating becoming a gestational surrogate, but the truth is, strange things really do happen!  The process is known as superfetation, and involves the simultaneous… Continue reading An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

fertility, IVF risks

Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?

Traditionally, Australian IVF clinics have been reluctant to transfer embryos which have a known chromosomal mosaicism.  To explain, we need a quick lesson in genetics... Usually, conception occurs when a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm, and an embryo develops containing 46 chromosomes. Occasionally, a fertilized egg with contain 47 chromosomes. This occurs as… Continue reading Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?

fertility, fertility preservation, perinatal

What does AMH actually tell us

I often speak to women undertaking fertility treatment who feel quite confused about what their AMH level means.  Ovarian reserve tests look at three hormonal biomarkers known to give a good indication of the number of remaining eggs: anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B. Most women understand that AMH is an approximate… Continue reading What does AMH actually tell us

donor conception, fertility, IVF risks, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decided… Continue reading Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

donor conception, fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Relationships

How many families could be created from 24 embryos

A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK.  A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10  donor… Continue reading How many families could be created from 24 embryos

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor.  The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she has… Continue reading Are you considering using a sperm donor?

perinatal, pregnancy, Pregnancy Termination

Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists. We became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of fetal abnormality. This website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have been… Continue reading Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

fertility, grief, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

What happens after?

I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven't really said much about what it is like AFTER... when everything is "supposed" to return to "normal".  For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning to… Continue reading What happens after?