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, 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

fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, grief, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination

Support is available after diagnosis of abnormality in pregnancy

I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new website providing information and support to women and couples who have had abnormalities detected in pregnancy.  This website helps guide you through the decision making process of whether or not to continue the pregnancy.  For those who do choose to terminate, further support and… Continue reading Support is available after diagnosis of abnormality in pregnancy

mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

How to help a new mother after a traumatic birth

The experience of a traumatic birth can be terrifying, and for some women it will take quit some time to recover physically and emotionally.  This article gives some simple and sensible tips for how to help a mother who has just experienced a traumatic birth http://babyology.com.au/health/11-ways-support-new-mum-traumatic-birth.html. 1. Validate her feelings and just hear her out… Continue reading How to help a new mother after a traumatic birth

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

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

“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