What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?

Many potential mums who are considering family creation through oocyte (egg) donation fell quite anxious that they are no more than a “third wheel” to their future child – that biology might somehow “trump” motherhood.  Often when I am talking to these women, I mention the emerging field of epigenetics, which, put simple, is theContinue reading “What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?”

IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing

If you are going through fertility treatment, you have probably heard the phrase PGD, PGS or PGT (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis/screening/testing, respectively). But what does this offer you if you are undertaking IVF?  Does it really help reduce miscarriage?  What genetic abnormalities can be discovered?  Does it protect the future baby from further testing? This articleContinue reading “IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing”

There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just IVF

If you have been struggling to conceive, you may be starting to explore fertility treatment options.  Many people who start exploring assisted reproduction end up feeling overwhelmed and confused by all of the different assisted reproduction treatment (ART) options, and have lots of questions swirling through their mind: “What do all of the options mean?”Continue reading “There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just IVF”

What is AMH and what does it mean for me?

I seem to have spent a lot of time talking about AMH in the past couple of weeks. Some women who have discovered their AMH is a lot lower than they expected, and others who are just wondering if they should be getting their AMH checked. But what is AMH? Do you need yo knowContinue reading “What is AMH and what does it mean for me?”

What does AMH actually tell us

I often speak to women undertaking fertility treatment who feel quite confused about what their AMH level means.  Ovarian reserve tests look at three hormonal biomarkers known to give a good indication of the number of remaining eggs: anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B. Most women understand that AMH is an approximateContinue reading “What does AMH actually tell us”

Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents

This is a genuine domestic surrogacy nightmare, and really highlights the importance of all parties receiving high quality counselling and legal advice and completely understanding the implications of undertaking a surrogacy arrangement,  LONG before they commence a surrogacy agreement.  Ultimately, the outcome of this situation will be adverse for the child who has been bornContinue reading “Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents”

Have you liked our Facebook page?

If you value the blogs here, perhaps you would like to visit my Facebook pages containing even more posts and insights related to everything psychology and perinatal https://www.facebook.com/familyandfertilitysupport/ and more specifically, information related to receiving a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy https://www.facebook.com/Abnormal-Pregnancy-Decision-Support-Australia-1929996853937509/  

Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

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 – itContinue reading “Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?”

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”

Thinking of freezing your eggs… just in case?

An increasing number of women are now exploring the option of egg freezing as fertility “insurance”. But does it really stack up to “ensure” that wanted baby in years to come?  This article does a good job at exploring the pros and cons of egg freezing. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-31/egg-freezing-helping-women-delay-motherhood-but-risk-missing-out/8737308?sf102297805=1 Consultant Simone Campbell from the City Fertility Centre inContinue reading “Thinking of freezing your eggs… just in case?”