Birth trauma, Female empowerment, fertility, health, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination, Rainbow Families, Sexual assault

Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient's obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering their… Continue reading Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

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

What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

If you have had children, you are likely to feel like almost has everything changed in your life when you became a parent - the way you think, your sleep patterns, your relationship with partner and family, your social situation, your economic capacity, your body (oh goodness, how that changes, especially during pregnancy!!), your house/car,… Continue reading What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

fertility, health, mental health, mental illness, miscarriage, perinatal, pregnancy

Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

What a great session today, presenting on the relationship between eating disorders and infertility.  I was humbled to present alongside some amazing speakers: Assoc Professor Warren Ward, Dr Susan Roberts and Dr Susan Wilson, Mr Bruce Laing and 2 fabulous women with the lived experience of eating disorder.  So much experience and wisdom from the… Continue reading Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

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

“Healing the wounds of pregnancy loss”

How wonderful to find a article in a psychotherapy journal talking about perinatal loss.  I don't find enough of these types of articles, so I am delighted to see the discussion in the journal of the American Psychological Association .You can find it by this link http://www.apamonitor-digital.org/apamonitor/201805/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=36#pg91  or download the issue in PDF here  monitor201805-dl 

fertility, fertility preservation, health, IVF risks, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

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 article… Continue reading IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing

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

Miscarriage and Infertility

I am looking forward to reading this new book published by netballer Liz Ellis who went through lengthy infertility treatment and had 3 miscarriages before eventually completing her family.  It looks like her book will be a very personal account of a really long road to creating a family. Unfortunately, some people follow the same… Continue reading Miscarriage and Infertility

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

Fear And Anxiety After Loss

Well, it has been quite a while since I have posted any new material here, but I do regularly add new posts related to psychology, fertility and perinatal wellbeing to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QLDFamilySupport/?ref=bookmarks. But I spotted this article a few days ago and I wanted to add the link here as well.  This experience of… Continue reading Fear And Anxiety After Loss

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, Parenting, perinatal, Rainbow Families

I’ve Got Dibs!: A Donor Sibling Story

I have kind of fallen in love with the slightly corny phrase of "diblings" that some people have started to use to describe their donor siblings.  For many donor conceived people, learning about and meeting the other child born from their donor is at least as important as meeting the donor themselves - and it… Continue reading I’ve Got Dibs!: A Donor Sibling Story

fertility, grief, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

How does it feel to go through IVF?

This is a heartfelt description of an IVF cycle which is destined to fail. Christiane writes about her experience of waiting to hear the outcome of her most recent embryo transfer, and learning that she has a negative pregnancy result.https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-ivf-warrior-a-letter-to-my-lost-embryo-20180216-h0w78w.html For those who haven't had to struggle to fall pregnant , the reaction of those in… Continue reading How does it feel to go through IVF?

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, Fertility Resources and Links, health, IVF risks, LGBTI Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

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