October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. For decades, this has been a day where families across the globe are asked to light a candle in remembrance of their baby whose life was too short. If everyone was to light a candle at 7pm in… Continue reading October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Stillmothers.com is devoted to supporting families who have lost children through stillbirth. It contains deeply moving personal stories of loss, and I have found myself becoming lost in the words by these brave parents who are willing to share their experience of grief and loss in order to help others. Today I read Melissa's beautiful… Continue reading Stillbirth
VARTA is a wonderful resource for families undertaking fertility treatment (including donor and surrogacy). One of the great things they do is generate a whole load of really helpful information booklets and online information sources about everything fertility related. Their website include information for families and friends of people going through fertility treatment - it… Continue reading Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?
I really like this advice from Christy Kidner http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-sleep about newborn sleep routines - what I like the most is that she reminds us is takes a while for babies to develop their patterns and routines and we shouldn't get too carried away too soon about what we expect our babies to be able to do. … Continue reading Is your baby sleeping normally?
There is an increasing dialogue and awareness of the symptoms and impacts of permpartum depression, but new parents are probably less aware of their risk of developing (sometimes quite disabling) symptoms of anxiety during their pregnancy and postpartum period. For some new parents, they will find themselves almost obsessively checking and rechecking the wellbeing of… Continue reading Peripartum anxiety
Most of us now accept that women definitely have a biological clock and female fertility is not finite. But did you know, that male fertility ALSO declines with age? This article explains http://www.sciencealert.com/men-experience-their-own-biological-clock-ivf-study-shows
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?
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 parenting… Continue reading How to help a new parent
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 transmembrane… Continue reading Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis