Is divorce bad for kids?

Unfortunately, this is a question I get asked a lot.  Many parents stay in relationships, maintaining toxic feeling of sadness or anger towards their partner, because they believe that an intact family is best for their kids. My answer is always the same.  Obviously, an intact, happy and stable family (in whatever form that entails)Continue reading “Is divorce bad for kids?”

How to help a new parent

Do you know a new mum or dad and been wondering how you can help? This article gives some great ideas on how you can help – even if the new parent has been too shy to ask.  My favourite?  “Remind her (or him) how well she’s doing”  We should always remember how tough parentingContinue reading “How to help a new parent”

Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis

Did you know that people living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) generally have significantly impacted fertility also?  For those who don’t know,  CF is a autosomal recessive genetic disorder  that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine. It is caused by the presence of mutations in both copies of the gene for the cystic fibrosis transmembraneContinue reading “Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis”

The uncensored experience of stillbirth

I recently found Natalie’s story who has chosen to share photographs of her baby, Eleanor, who was stillborn.  I cannot even begin to fathom the level of generosity Natalie has shown by sharing her grief with the world in the hope of helping other people understand what it means to have a baby who dies.Continue reading “The uncensored experience of stillbirth”

Overseas surrogacy and parent rights

The recent ruling by the Australian Family Court may be a game changer for Australian families who have been overseas, or intend to go overseas to have their children through surrogacy. While clear figures are hard to obtain, it is estimated that around 250 children each year are born to Australian parents through overseas surrogacy arrangementsContinue reading “Overseas surrogacy and parent rights”

VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar

On Saturday, I was very fortunate to be part of (and co-faciliating) VARTA’s annual Time to Tell seminar for people building their family with the help of donors and surrogates.  It was the first time I have had an opportunity to attend this amazing event, and it was an incredibly powerful and positive experience toContinue reading “VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar”