Understanding Fertility and Infertility

Understanding Fertility and Infertility By Hannah Dahlen Many of us take our fertility for granted. We presume that one day when we choose to we will be able to have a baby. We envisage one or two months of pleasurable ‘trying’ before pregnancy is achieved. This is not an unreasonable expectation considering the considerable


Understanding IVF

Understanding IVF By Hannah Dahlen Since Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born in England in 1978 it is estimated that over a million babies have been born worldwide using some form of assisted reproductive technology. In Australia and New Zealand 6816 babies were born in 2002 as a result of assisted


When the ‘change of life’ comes too early

When the ‘change of life’ comes too early By Hannah Dahlen Sarah’s story Sarah was twenty-nine years of age. She had a loving husband and a beautiful daughter. “My life couldn’t have been more perfect,” she says. Sarah had reached that place in her life when she was ready to consider a sibling for


Spacing pregnancies is a good thing?

Spacing pregnancies is a good thing? By Hannah Dahlen New research published this year indicates that there may be an optimal time between pregnancies. The research found that pregnancies that were spaced less than 18 months apart or more than 59 months (5 years and nine months) apart carried a greater risk of the


Planning for Pregnancy: Preconception Care

Planning for Pregnancy: Preconception Care By Jane Palmer Preconception care can make a positive difference to your health and the health of your child. More and more evidence points to the fact that the way we were nourished and grew in our mother’s womb can have an important impact on your health as an


Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy

Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy Thinking about getting pregnant? This article by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will provide you with vital information about what you eat and drink before and during pregnancy. Dr Paul Brent, FSANZ’s Chief Scientist, said that thinking about having a baby is an exciting time


Our Story of Infertility

Our Story of Infertility by Linda Robertson Our story of infertility started in 2001.  My husband (Jim) and I had been married for nearly four years and decided that we were now ready to embark on the journey into parent-hood. Jim and I had always wanted to have a family (like most couples) but


What is Genetic Counselling?

By Dr Jon Hodgson “Genetic counselling is a communication process, which aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of the genetic contribution to specific health conditions. This process integrates the following: Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease


Is poor thyroid function impacting your fertility

By Christine Sullivan If you have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months, before you embark on invasive medical procedures and spend thousands of dollars for assisted reproductive technology, ensure that your thyroid is functioning at its optimum. Many women don't realize that good thyroid function is necessary for fertility,