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?
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
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
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
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!
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
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
The loss of a child during pregnancy or in the postpartum is an unspeakably difficult event that can trigger a range of responses. For some, there is an urge to conceive again as soon as possible. But how do you know when you are ready to start trying again? https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/conceive-after-stillbirth/ While my husband and I were… Continue reading Trying to conceive again after losing a baby
When we grieve, we can feel the we lose all track of time and reality. The smallest and simplest of tasks can feel impossibly difficult. Finding and engaging in simple rituals can really help. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/in-grief-try-personal-rituals/284397/ Researchers Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino at Harvard Business School wanted to know how people cope with extreme loss. In… Continue reading The power of rituals