fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

So many of the women and men I speak with are coming to terms with having lost their much wanted and loved babies - sometimes at a relatively early stage in the pregnancy, and sometimes right at the end, in an unexpected term stillbirth. Parents who should be celebrating their joy, find themselves trying to… Continue reading The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, pregnancy loss

The miscarriage experience

Despite the frequency that miscarriage occurs (around 1/4 pregnancies) many women still feel very alone in the time after they have miscarried a baby.  Friends and family often really don't understand and partners are unsure of how they can help. This very raw story of one woman's miscarriage provides an insight into the experience and… Continue reading The miscarriage experience

fertility, grief

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.”

fertility, mental health, mental illness

Infertility and psychological distress

I have just seen this article (published in July 2016's Fertility and Sterility) which describes the level of distress still being experienced by families undertaking fertility treatment.  http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-infertility-patients-mental-health-problems.html It really looks like we are letting families down, as they progress through treatment with the goal of starting or extending heir families. The study, which followed patients… Continue reading Infertility and psychological distress

fertility, grief, Parenting, pregnancy loss

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honour of the babies who don't survive pregnancy or early infancy. The Wave Begins today at 7pm (October 15) in your respective time zone, and the intention is to leave a… Continue reading Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

fertility, grief, Parenting, pregnancy loss

Stillbirth in Australia

The rate of stillbirth (pregnancy loss at or after 20 weeks gestation) remains at 1% of all Australian pregnancies.  Many families who have experienced the loss of their baby late in pregnancy suffer ignorance and insensitivity from family and friends who fail to recognise the significance of the loss.  This article from SBS News explains… Continue reading Stillbirth in Australia

mental health, Parenting

“The Happiness Jar”

One of my beautiful clients recently introduced me to a website she had found called www.stillmothers.com. She has had some really tough times over the past few years and I have had the absolute honour of spending time with her as she has talked through (at various times) her joy, fear, pain, loss and grief. Tonight… Continue reading “The Happiness Jar”