mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Have you experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety during your pregnancy? Postnatal depression has gradually become more recognised in our society, but unfortunately, most people still don't realise that women can be paralysed by these symptoms even before the baby is born.  And new research suggests that antenatal symptoms may represent the most severe for… Continue reading Depression and anxiety during pregnancy

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grief, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

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 in… Continue reading October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

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

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 beautiful… Continue reading Stillbirth

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, Fertility Resources and Links, IVF risks, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Relationships, Solo mums, surrogacy

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 - it… Continue reading Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Is your baby sleeping normally?

I really like this advice from Christy Kidner http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-sleep about newborn sleep routines - what I like the most is that she reminds us is takes a while for babies to develop their patterns and routines and we shouldn't get too carried away too soon about what we expect our babies to be able to do.  … Continue reading Is your baby sleeping normally?

mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal

Peripartum anxiety

There is an increasing dialogue and awareness of the symptoms and impacts of permpartum depression, but new parents are probably less aware of their risk of developing (sometimes quite disabling) symptoms of anxiety during their pregnancy and postpartum period.  For some new parents, they will find themselves almost obsessively checking and rechecking the wellbeing of… Continue reading Peripartum anxiety

mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Is divorce bad for kids?

Unfortunately, this is a question I get asked a lot.  Many parents stay in relationships, maintaining toxic feeling of sadness or anger towards their partner, because they believe that an intact family is best for their kids. My answer is always the same.  Obviously, an intact, happy and stable family (in whatever form that entails)… Continue reading Is divorce bad for kids?

fertility, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

How to help a new parent

Do you know a new mum or dad and been wondering how you can help? This article gives some great ideas on how you can help - even if the new parent has been too shy to ask.  My favourite?  "Remind her (or him) how well she's doing"  We should always remember how tough parenting… Continue reading How to help a new parent

grief, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

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

fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Overseas surrogacy and parent rights

The recent ruling by the Australian Family Court may be a game changer for Australian families who have been overseas, or intend to go overseas to have their children through surrogacy. While clear figures are hard to obtain, it is estimated that around 250 children each year are born to Australian parents through overseas surrogacy arrangements… Continue reading Overseas surrogacy and parent rights