perinatal, pregnancy, Pregnancy Termination

Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists. We became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of fetal abnormality. This website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have been… Continue reading Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

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fertility, fertility preservation, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents

This is a genuine domestic surrogacy nightmare, and really highlights the importance of all parties receiving high quality counselling and legal advice and completely understanding the implications of undertaking a surrogacy arrangement,  LONG before they commence a surrogacy agreement.  Ultimately, the outcome of this situation will be adverse for the child who has been born… Continue reading Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, Fertility Resources and Links, IVF risks, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Relationships, Solo mums, surrogacy

Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

VARTA is a wonderful resource for families undertaking fertility treatment (including donor and surrogacy).  One of the great things they do is generate a whole load of really helpful information booklets and online information sources about everything fertility related.  Their website include information for families and friends of people going through fertility treatment - it… Continue reading Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

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

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!

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

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

Pregnancy after miscarriage

If you have had a miscarriage and are thinking about trying to fall pregnant again, it can be a really scary time.  Most people become quite preoccupied with worries like "what if it happens again?". This article by the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/pregnancy-after-miscarriage/art-20044134 explains the causes of most miscarriages, and reassures us that the majority of women… Continue reading Pregnancy after miscarriage