health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, Uncategorized

Minding your mind with Mind The Bump

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

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mental health, Uncategorized

The power of words

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

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

health

40 per cent of cancer deaths preventable??!

Over 16,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many of these are due to risky behaviour and habits.  Unfortunately,  while many cancers are inevitable, a recent study has suggested that 40 per cent of cancer deaths were preventable. So what are Australians doing that is leading to premature death from cancer? The eight modifiable risk… Continue reading 40 per cent of cancer deaths preventable??!

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

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What’s it really like to be a surrogate?

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?

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“Oh I could never do that!”

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!”

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?