Surrogacy in Ukraine

My heart goes out to this Australian couple who have just had their babies through surrogacy in Ukraine.  Unfortunately, the babies have been born very prematurely and the parents are now trying to manage the care of their twins in a foreign country, negotiating in a language they don’t understand and with medical insurance thatContinue reading “Surrogacy in Ukraine”

Surrogacy – when is it not ok?

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 isContinue reading “Surrogacy – when is it not ok?”

Have you liked our Facebook page?

If you value the blogs here, perhaps you would like to visit my Facebook pages containing even more posts and insights related to everything psychology and perinatal https://www.facebook.com/familyandfertilitysupport/ and more specifically, information related to receiving a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy https://www.facebook.com/Abnormal-Pregnancy-Decision-Support-Australia-1929996853937509/  

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!”

Did you know about Wonder Woman’s secret link to Psychology?

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?”

Helping kids cope with traumatic news

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 theContinue reading “Helping kids cope with traumatic news”

Food and Mood

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 depressionContinue reading “Food and Mood”

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?”