mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Is divorce bad for kids?

Unfortunately, this is a question I get asked a lot.  Many parents stay in relationships, maintaining toxic feeling of sadness or anger towards their partner, because they believe that an intact family is best for their kids. My answer is always the same.  Obviously, an intact, happy and stable family (in whatever form that entails)… Continue reading Is divorce bad for kids?

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fertility, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

How to help a new parent

Do you know a new mum or dad and been wondering how you can help? This article gives some great ideas on how you can help - even if the new parent has been too shy to ask.  My favourite?  "Remind her (or him) how well she's doing"  We should always remember how tough parenting… Continue reading How to help a new parent

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

Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis

Did you know that people living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) generally have significantly impacted fertility also?  For those who don't know,  CF is a autosomal recessive genetic disorder  that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine. It is caused by the presence of mutations in both copies of the gene for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane… Continue reading Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis

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

The uncensored experience of stillbirth

I recently found Natalie's story who has chosen to share photographs of her baby, Eleanor, who was stillborn.  I cannot even begin to fathom the level of generosity Natalie has shown by sharing her grief with the world in the hope of helping other people understand what it means to have a baby who dies.… Continue reading The uncensored experience of stillbirth

fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Overseas surrogacy and parent rights

The recent ruling by the Australian Family Court may be a game changer for Australian families who have been overseas, or intend to go overseas to have their children through surrogacy. While clear figures are hard to obtain, it is estimated that around 250 children each year are born to Australian parents through overseas surrogacy arrangements… Continue reading Overseas surrogacy and parent rights

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, Fertility Resources and Links, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums, surrogacy

VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar

On Saturday, I was very fortunate to be part of (and co-faciliating) VARTA's annual Time to Tell seminar for people building their family with the help of donors and surrogates.  It was the first time I have had an opportunity to attend this amazing event, and it was an incredibly powerful and positive experience to… Continue reading VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar

fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, grief, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

Support is available after diagnosis of abnormality in pregnancy

I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new website providing information and support to women and couples who have had abnormalities detected in pregnancy.  This website helps guide you through the decision making process of whether or not to continue the pregnancy.  For those who do choose to terminate, further support and… Continue reading Support is available after diagnosis of abnormality in pregnancy

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

I’m on the radio with Kelly Higgins Devine!

So excited to be on ABC Radio "Afternoons" with Kelly Higgins Devine today.  Kelly is talking about caring for carers this week, and today I was interviewed about how we can care for people who have recently experienced a pregnancy loss.  My interview starts at 4:00 minutes into today's program - here is the link… Continue reading I’m on the radio with Kelly Higgins Devine!

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Churchill Fellowship Medallion Award night

Have you been thinking of applying for a Churchill Fellowship? Would you like to come along and hear what the recently returned Fellows discovered as a result of their Fellowships?  Come join us at this year's Churchill Fellowship Queensland Association Medallion Award night! It's great night of food and wine, hosted at the Queensland State… Continue reading Churchill Fellowship Medallion Award night

mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

How to help a new mother after a traumatic birth

The experience of a traumatic birth can be terrifying, and for some women it will take quit some time to recover physically and emotionally.  This article gives some simple and sensible tips for how to help a mother who has just experienced a traumatic birth http://babyology.com.au/health/11-ways-support-new-mum-traumatic-birth.html. 1. Validate her feelings and just hear her out… Continue reading How to help a new mother after a traumatic birth