If you are trying to have a baby, or have just found out you are pregnant, you might be hearing all types of words that describe different forms of pregnancy loss. All the jargon can get really confusing and scary. I like this simple summary of the different terms that are used to describe the… Continue reading Confused by the different terms that describe pregnancy loss?
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?
We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother's group? Was… Continue reading Social support in the postpartum
Many women feel traumatised by their experience of giving birth, but then feel compelled to minimise their experience "it wasn't that bad" or struggle to admit how the birth experience has impacted on them. Things might have ultimately turned out ok for mum and baby, but the birth has left them with a significant trauma… Continue reading Dealing with a traumatic birth
November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week. The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support. Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum - for help to find it, you can start your search… Continue reading Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?
I often speak to women undertaking fertility treatment who feel quite confused about what their AMH level means. Ovarian reserve tests look at three hormonal biomarkers known to give a good indication of the number of remaining eggs: anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B. Most women understand that AMH is an approximate… Continue reading What does AMH actually tell us
If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor. The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she has… Continue reading Are you considering using a sperm donor?
Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists. We became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of fetal abnormality. This website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have been… Continue reading Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy
I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven't really said much about what it is like AFTER... when everything is "supposed" to return to "normal". For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning to… Continue reading What happens after?
This is a genuine domestic surrogacy nightmare, and really highlights the importance of all parties receiving high quality counselling and legal advice and completely understanding the implications of undertaking a surrogacy arrangement, LONG before they commence a surrogacy agreement. Ultimately, the outcome of this situation will be adverse for the child who has been born… Continue reading Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents