Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient’s obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering theirContinue reading “Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care”

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 – itContinue reading “Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?”

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!”

What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?

The data around fertility rates has varied over the years, but the Medical Journal of Australia has just published new statistics on the chance of conception (using IVF) based on age – and for women aged over 40, the news is not great.  Although these statistics aren’t really much different from what most people whoContinue reading “What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?”

Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question!  I think the evidence on this is really contentious, and there are so many variables that make it a really hard question to answer definitively, but one thing is certain – telling someone who is stressed and upset that they shouldContinue reading “Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?”

Positive surrogacy perspectives

The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories – the child, the mum and the surrogate.  I haveContinue reading “Positive surrogacy perspectives”

Bioengineering breakthrough for fertility preservation

It sounds like science fiction, but this just might be a breakthrough for fertility preservation. Wow! Scientists have used 3D-printed ovaries to successfully restore fertility for the first time in what they call “the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine”. A female mouse’s ovaries were removed and replaced with 3D printed bioprosthetic ones usingContinue reading “Bioengineering breakthrough for fertility preservation”

Do you need to seek fertility help?

If you have been trying to fall pregnant and are worrying that it is taking a little long, you might be wondering when it is “the right time” to speak to a doctor.  For most heterosexual couples, where the woman is aged younger than 35 years and no known fertility issues, it is reasonable toContinue reading “Do you need to seek fertility help?”

Grief and infertility

This is a beautiful blog about the (often unrecognised) grief of infertility http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colleen-berge/infertility-a-grief-no-one-sees_b_8978064.html? “We are mourning something intangible — what never was and what never will be. Because of this, it can also be difficult for others to grasp.”

Resources for children to explain fertility treatment

Have you been looking for resources to explain IVF, donor conception or surrogacy to your child?  There is an ever growing number of really great story books for kids of all ages, about all aspects of fertility treatment, including 3rd party reproduction.  Here is a new one designed for young children to explain surrogacy http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/pennys-pocket-tale-about-bringing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29