fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, 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?

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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

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?

fertility, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

Can a woman really fall pregnant, when she is already carrying a surrogacy pregnant?  This is not an issue I generally include for discussion in my pre-surrogacy implications counselling for women contemplating becoming a gestational surrogate, but the truth is, strange things really do happen!  The process is known as superfetation, and involves the simultaneous… Continue reading An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

fertility, IVF risks

Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?

Traditionally, Australian IVF clinics have been reluctant to transfer embryos which have a known chromosomal mosaicism.  To explain, we need a quick lesson in genetics... Usually, conception occurs when a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm, and an embryo develops containing 46 chromosomes. Occasionally, a fertilized egg with contain 47 chromosomes. This occurs as… Continue reading Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?

fertility, fertility preservation, perinatal

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 approximate… Continue reading What does AMH actually tell us

donor conception, fertility, IVF risks, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decided… Continue reading Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

donor conception, fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Relationships

How many families could be created from 24 embryos

A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK.  A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10  donor… Continue reading How many families could be created from 24 embryos

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor.  The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she has… Continue reading Are you considering using a sperm donor?

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

What happens after?

I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven't really said much about what it is like AFTER... when everything is "supposed" to return to "normal".  For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning to… Continue reading What happens after?