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
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
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
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
This story is so amazing and wonderful: it is a real breakthrough for transgender people becoming parents. Transgender Health has described how a 30-year-old transgender woman has been able to breastfeed her child, the first ever case of induced lactation in a transgender woman to be documented in academic literature.This article in The Guardian explains more https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/14/transgender-woman-breastfeed-health
Here is another great resource for young donor conceived kids. Research very strongly demonstrates the benefits of open disclosure for donor conceived children - and really, the sooner we start speaking to our kids about how our families are created, the easier it is!http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/how-we-made-you-by-mummy-mama-lgbt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29
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
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