Can we predict miscarriage risk?

A new study (with findings presented at the recent ESHRE conference) has suggested that blood tests within days of embryo transfer in IVF patients might help predict which patients are most likely to miscarry in  the first trimester.  While some people might prefer not to know, this could be a really important piece of informationContinue reading “Can we predict miscarriage risk?”

Self care for workers in the helping professions

I am aware that quite a few regular readers of this blog are actually other helping professions, so I have decided it is timely to include some resources specifically for them.  Working as a counsellor can be tough too, and it is really important that we remember to take care of ourselves, even if onlyContinue reading “Self care for workers in the helping professions”

Marce Society Conference 2017

If you work in the area of perinatal mental health, don’t miss this year’s Marce Society in Brisbane in October. I am thrilled to announce that I will be presenting a paper based on the learnings I gained from my Churchill Fellowship into Cross border surrogacy, (and a little nervous as the standard of papersContinue reading “Marce Society Conference 2017”

Resource for solo mums

After yesterday’s post about recent research that has shown the children of solo mums do no worse than those raised in heterosexual couples, it seemed timely to let you know about this new book: Dream Come True, The story of a single woman conceiving via donor conception. 

The kids are all right

More and more single men and women are choosing to become parents alone, but this has raised questions at times about the potential harm to the children raised in these family unit.  A new study is debunking these fears, finding that children brought up by a single mother do not suffer compared to those fromContinue reading “The kids are all right”

What should you expect from your fertility clinic?

Yesterday I shared a list of tips of how to get the most from your fertility care, as suggested by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Today I would like to share another resource published by ESHRE which they view as the minimum standard of care you should expect to be gettingContinue reading “What should you expect from your fertility clinic?”

Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance

I have just come across this document published by The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) which outlines some really fabulous hints and tips for getting the most out of your fertility care.  The document has been put together by some of world leaders in psychosocial fertility support, and it shows – theContinue reading “Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance”

What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?

The data around fertility rates has varied over the years, but the Medical Journal of Australia has just published new statistics on the chance of conception (using IVF) based on age – and for women aged over 40, the news is not great.  Although these statistics aren’t really much different from what most people whoContinue reading “What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?”

When fertility treatment is unsuccessful

For most people who undertake fertility treatment, the hard work, the physical and emotional burden, and the financial cost is ultimately worthwhile, because they get to bring a baby home. For some though, all that hard work produces no result at all, and they eventually end their journey depleted and childless. Unfortunately, there is generallyContinue reading “When fertility treatment is unsuccessful”

Looking for help with parenting in the early years?

Check out Babies in Mind – a Free online course for parents and professionals which has been developed by the University of Warwick, and is being offered through the free online course coordinator FutureLearn.   Babies in Mind is a 4-week online course and the next start date for the program is just next week: 24Continue reading “Looking for help with parenting in the early years?”