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 inContinue reading “How does it feel to go through IVF?”

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 beenContinue reading “Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy”

What happens after?

I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven’t really said much about what it is like AFTER… when everything is “supposed” to return to “normal”.  For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning toContinue reading “What happens after?”

October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. For decades, this has been a day where families across the globe are asked to light a candle in remembrance of their baby whose life was too short. If everyone was to light a candle at 7pm inContinue reading “October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.”

Stillbirth

Stillmothers.com is devoted to supporting families who have lost children through stillbirth.  It contains deeply moving personal stories of loss, and I have found myself becoming lost in the words by these brave parents who are willing to share their experience of grief and loss in order to help others.  Today I read Melissa’s beautifulContinue reading “Stillbirth”

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”

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 andContinue reading “Support is available after diagnosis of abnormality in pregnancy”

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 linkContinue reading “I’m on the radio with Kelly Higgins Devine!”

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 womenContinue reading “Pregnancy after miscarriage”