I just got back from an awesome weekend in Christchurch presenting at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. My paper, “Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence” A Systematic Review of the outcome of Psychological Interventions during Assisted Reproduction Treatment gave me a chance to really explore what the last 10 years of research demonstrates actually… Continue reading Hello Christchurch!
A question I get asked very frequently, is how could "just talking" possibly help. There are probably 2 answers to the question. Firstly, psychotherapy isn't really "just talking". It's much more than a "chat", and when done properly will require some pretty hard emotional work to be undertaken. The second answer is a little longer,… Continue reading How does “talking” help?
This certainly isn't a new resource, but it is worth remembering as it such a great little mindfulness app, especially made for pregnancy - and it is free!. It has been developed by the clever people at Beyond Blue and can be downloaded to any device https://www.mindthebump.org.au
I have been observing the aftermath of Barry Hall's recent disgusting on-air comments with a building fury. It was not just what he said that has made me so enraged and disgusted, but also the bystander laughter of the other commentators, and the fact that in that moment, not one man in that room called… Continue reading The power of words
For many people, it seems incredible to imagine that a woman can be a gestational surrogate - that she is able to carry the pregnancy to term, tolerate the morning sickness, interrupted sleep, aches and pains etc, and then after 9 months, voluntarily hand that baby over to another person/couple. But a significant number of… Continue reading What’s it really like to be a surrogate?
Many people are utterly perplexed with how any woman could undertake a surrogacy arrangement. I often hear people explain "I could never do that", or "I would get too attached to the baby". And for some women that is true - they are not candidates to become surrogates as they are unable to "flick it… Continue reading “Oh I could never do that!”
This provides an incredibly interesting perspective for the future of anonymity in donor conception. Anyone contemplating either becoming a donor, or having a child via donor conception, who believes that donor conceived people can (or should) be kept "in the dark" about their biological identity should consider the implications of genetic testing in the broader… Continue reading Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community
Many of us focus heavily on weight loss as a goal - but there is debate over whether or not this is the best way to be thinking. An increasing number of experts are now encouraging a focus on health, rather than weight. This article from the ABC describes more on what we… Continue reading Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?
If you have been thinking about moving more or getting fitter (maybe it was one of those New Year Resolutions?) maybe this little video will help provide just that bit more incentive to getting started. The benefits of exercise are enormous - for your body and your mind! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBUjOY12gJA
The Donor Conception Network has been going strong for an incredible 25 years – congratulations for 1/4 century of amazing information and support for donor conceived families
January is over and I find it hard to believe that I have not blogged for many weeks. A virus that wouldn’t shift blocked my capacity to think for much of that time but now that my energy is returning it really is time to celebrate 2018 as the 25th Anniversary of the Donor Conception Network.
Back in 1992 an article appeared in The Times about a story book for young children called My Story. Walter and I could hardly believe what we were reading. A book that we could read to our children to help explain to them about being conceived with the help of a sperm donor! We contacted Dr. Sheila Cooke from the Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield to ask how we could get hold of the book and also to offer ourselves in any research that was being undertaken into DC families (although sperm donation…
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