health, mental illness

The impact of food restriction

Ever wondered why you feel so terrible when you restrict your calories while dieting?  Ever wondered what happens when someone has an eating disorder?  The Minnesota Semi-Starvation Experiment undertaken in the mid 1940s taught us a great deal about the physiology of starvation, but also the cognitive and emotional impacts: "Thirty-six men were chosen for… Continue reading The impact of food restriction

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

Confused by the different terms that describe pregnancy loss?

If you are trying to have a baby, or have just found out you are pregnant, you might be hearing all types of words that describe different forms of pregnancy loss.  All the jargon can get really confusing and scary. I like this simple summary of the different terms that are used to describe the… Continue reading Confused by the different terms that describe pregnancy loss?

fertility, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Choosing your surrogate

I rather like this short but useful guide to choosing a surrogate https://www.gayswithkids.com/7-tips-for-gay-men-to-consider-when-choosing-your-gestational-carrier-2465988294.html  It was specifically written for gay men, but most of the points apply just as well to heterosexual couples and single women choosing a gestational carrier.  I actually like the final point best of all... "Make sure you genuinely like your carrier… Continue reading Choosing your surrogate

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How are you going with those New year resolutions?

New Year Resolutions are tough to maintain aren't they?  Most of us have already "dropped the ball" on the promises we make ourselves by the end of January.  And most of us then blame ourselves for poor willpower etc.  But is that really the reason it's so hard to keep the promises we make ourselves?… Continue reading How are you going with those New year resolutions?

fertility, health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

Surrogacy – when is it not ok?

I was quite horrified to read of a recent case in the USA where a prominent politician offered significant financial inducement to  female staff to act as gestational surrogates for himself and his partner, then harassed and threatened them when they refused to agree to the arrangement.  https://morningconsult.com/opinions/a-cautionary-tale-when-sexual-harassment-and-surrogacy-collide/ Australian surrogacy legislation differs from what is… Continue reading Surrogacy – when is it not ok?

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

Social support in the postpartum

We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother's group?  Was… Continue reading Social support in the postpartum

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

Dealing with a traumatic birth

Many women feel traumatised by their experience of giving birth, but then feel compelled to minimise their experience "it wasn't that bad" or struggle to admit how the birth experience has impacted on them.  Things might have ultimately turned out ok for mum and baby, but the birth has left them with a significant trauma… Continue reading Dealing with a traumatic birth

health, mental health

2018 – Commencing as I mean to go on – with Gratitude

Positive Psychology research has been demonstrating pretty clearly, for quite a while now, that there are significant benefits to engaging in a practice of showing gratitude.  It seems that these benefits are not just psychological, but also extend to our physical and social wellbeing.  Some of these benefits are described in this article https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude.  And… Continue reading 2018 – Commencing as I mean to go on – with Gratitude