I was quite horrified to read of a recent case in the USA where a prominent politician offered significant financial inducement to female staff to act as gestational surrogates for himself and his partner, then harassed and threatened them when they refused to agree to the arrangement. https://morningconsult.com/opinions/a-cautionary-tale-when-sexual-harassment-and-surrogacy-collide/ Australian surrogacy legislation differs from what is… Continue reading Surrogacy – when is it not ok?
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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!
It's true! Wonder Woman began in a psychology lab. You can check out the story here http://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observer/obsonline/wonder-womans-secret-roots-in-psychological-science.html#.WUOHd8ZL2CR Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1918 before going on to pursue a PhD in psychology. He completed his PhD in 1921, producing a dissertation focused on using psychophysiology methods to detect deception.… Continue reading Did you know about Wonder Woman’s secret link to Psychology?
I know I share a lot of articles and information on this blog - because that's the primary reason I started it. But this morning I thought it might be nice to make it a little more personal and show that (at least some of the time) I do try to practice what I preach. And… Continue reading Gratitude
Its is beginning to feel like every time we turn on the TV, radio or social media, there is another terrible event being reported, and with the advent of 24 hour, 7day a week news services, it is a little inescapable. All of this bad news can feel terrible for adults, but for kids the… Continue reading Helping kids cope with traumatic news
Our understanding of the link between what we eat and how we feel is really not new (and I have previously posted about the food-mood link), but this article clearly describes some of the recent research findings in this area. I like these simple "rules" for eating that may assist with managing anxiety and depression… Continue reading Food and Mood
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 using… Continue reading Bioengineering breakthrough for fertility preservation
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 to… Continue reading Do you need to seek fertility help?
It makes me so angry to see great services pushed beyond their limits then criticised because they aren't doing a good enough job. And then, just to make things worse, the same services are left in a position where their funding is threatened. And who loses? Vulnerable people - mostly women and children - who… Continue reading Rape and DV crisis service on the line