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Great news! Extended hours for PANDA

What great news! A bonus in funding means that PANDA is now available to provide longer hours of telephone support counselling for women and their families during the perinatal period. PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline is now open from 9am – 7.30 pm AEST. This is a 50% increase in operating hours. The… Continue reading Great news! Extended hours for PANDA

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When fertility treatment is unsuccessful

For most people who undertake fertility treatment, the hard work, the physical and emotional burden, and the financial cost is ultimately worthwhile, because they get to bring a baby home. For some though, all that hard work produces no result at all, and they eventually end their journey depleted and childless. Unfortunately, there is generally… Continue reading When fertility treatment is unsuccessful

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Looking for help with parenting in the early years?

Check out Babies in Mind - a Free online course for parents and professionals which has been developed by the University of Warwick, and is being offered through the free online course coordinator FutureLearn.   Babies in Mind is a 4-week online course and the next start date for the program is just next week: 24… Continue reading Looking for help with parenting in the early years?

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Positive surrogacy perspectives

The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories - the child, the mum and the surrogate.  I have… Continue reading Positive surrogacy perspectives

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Single mums and donor conception

This is a really interesting perspective on single motherhood, from a woman who had her first child in a relationship that later failed, but was left feeling she wasn't "done" having kids.  She blogs about the decision making process required to have another child, outside of a relationship, and using a sperm donor. http://www.ellamentalmama.com/thinking-about-becoming-a-single-mum-by-choice/ When I… Continue reading Single mums and donor conception

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Resources for children to explain fertility treatment

Have you been looking for resources to explain IVF, donor conception or surrogacy to your child?  There is an ever growing number of really great story books for kids of all ages, about all aspects of fertility treatment, including 3rd party reproduction.  Here is a new one designed for young children to explain surrogacy http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/pennys-pocket-tale-about-bringing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29

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Egg freezing – facts vs fiction

Egg freezing really is being seen by many women as their "fertility guarantee". This article smashes some of the big myths surrounding  egg freezing, but I think the 2 main things to remember are: if you are going to preserve your eggs, try to do it before turning 35, and remember - it isn't really… Continue reading Egg freezing – facts vs fiction