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
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?
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
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?
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?
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
This has already been pretty widely shared in social media, but Holly's letter is so wise and so eloquent, I really wanted to share it here, particaulry as I am working through my year of gratitude. Holly was a 27 year old Australian woman, who passed away on Jan. 4 as a result of Ewing’s… Continue reading Holly Butcher’s letter
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
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