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

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

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?

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fertility, fertility preservation, perinatal

What does AMH actually tell us

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

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

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?

perinatal, pregnancy, Pregnancy Termination

Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

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

fertility, grief, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

What happens after?

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?

fertility, fertility preservation, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents

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

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

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?