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?

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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?

health, mental health, mental illness

Feeling frazzled? Adults need to work on resilience too.

  We spend a lot of time focusing on building resilience in kids, but the truth is, we all need to focus on ways to grow and protect our resilience.  This NY Times article describes some simple strategies that can help https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/well/mind/how-to-boost-resilience-in-midlife.html Here are some of the ways you can build your resilience in middle age.… Continue reading Feeling frazzled? Adults need to work on resilience too.

fertility, grief, mental health, miscarriage, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

The power of rituals

When we grieve, we can feel the we lose all track of time and reality.  The smallest and simplest of tasks can feel impossibly difficult. Finding and engaging in simple rituals can really help. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/in-grief-try-personal-rituals/284397/ Researchers Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino at Harvard Business School wanted to know how people cope with extreme loss. In… Continue reading The power of rituals

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“When your mind races”

Dealing with scary thoughts in the peripartum can be really challenging.  Much thanks to Karen Kleiman for this extract from her book Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts, with ideas on how to manage those scary intrusive thoughts. Dealing with scary thoughts is not just a matter of willpower, as some claim. Although willpower… Continue reading “When your mind races”

mental health, mental illness, perinatal

Gratitude

We psychologists do love to recommend a bit of gratitude journalling as part of our interventions.  The reasons for this is simple: the research clearly shows it helps.  Read more on how being grateful, and attending to our gratitude helps sooth our distressed minds https://www.mindful.org/gratitude-changes-brain/?utm_content=bufferf5af1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

health, mental health

Self care for workers in the helping professions

I am aware that quite a few regular readers of this blog are actually other helping professions, so I have decided it is timely to include some resources specifically for them.  Working as a counsellor can be tough too, and it is really important that we remember to take care of ourselves, even if only… Continue reading Self care for workers in the helping professions

health, mental health

Want better sleep without medication?

Getting enough sleep is critical for our physical and psychological wellbeing.  If you are struggling with sleep, be it falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good quality sleep, the hints in this video might help https://www.facebook.com/mamamia/videos/10154856765445945/

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Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

If only I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that question!  I think the evidence on this is really contentious, and there are so many variables that make it a really hard question to answer definitively, but one thing is certain - telling someone who is stressed and upset that they should… Continue reading Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Solo mums

How much sleep does your baby need?

If there are 2 questions that torment new parents more than any other, they must be: 1) is my baby getting enough to eat? 2) is my baby getting enough sleep? Particularly when we are trying to function on a sleep defunct ourselves during that newborn stage, it can be really hard to work out… Continue reading How much sleep does your baby need?