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Acupuncturist
An exciting opportunity for an experienced Acupuncturist / Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner to join Fertile Ground Health Group is now available. We are growing our team and looking for our next Acupuncture superstar who has a passion, interest and experience in pre-conception care, infertility, IVF/ART, pregnancy, birth and beyond. FGHG practitioners are leaders in their … Continued
14/11/2018
Gestational Diabetes
One of the things I’m most proud of in my practice is the remarkably low rates of gestational diabetes among my patient group. Pregnancy-related diabetes, like type 2 diabetes, is a growing concern in Australia and its diagnosis is increasing at a rate of about 5% per year. It is often dismissed as being a … Continued
02/11/2018
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A common question in clinic when discussing healthy eating strategies is ‘how do I cook fish?!’ Lots of people are nervous about cooking seafood, but it doesn’t have to be tricky. This roasted salmon recipe is so easy and super healthy. Loaded with lots of protein, plenty of greens, good fats and low GI carbs. … Continued
02/11/2018
Help is available post egg-retrieval procedure
There are so many ways that acupuncture can support you during an IVF cycle and there is much excitement and literature being published about it's use pre and post embryo transfer. But one area that is not getting the attention it deserves is acupuncture treatment to support you after the egg retrieval procedure. FGHG Acupuncturist Joanne Sharkey explains.
07/11/2018
I got your back honey
There are couples who seem to naturally function as a team no matter what their circumstance. Others have very separate lives as valued independent and high functioning adults that happen also to be in a relationship. This difference does not particularly matter until perhaps there is an unexpected event such as infertility
01/11/2018
Spring vegetable soup
This quick and easy spring vegetable soup is perfect for this time of the year. It’s warming and filling yet not too heavy and full of green vegetables. This means you get plenty of fibre, folate and antioxidants, which makes it a wonderful meal to include as part of a gentle detox. But you could just … Continued
04/10/2018
Sunflower
Vitamin D3 (as opposed to vitamin D2 which is found in plants) is absorbed through our skin from exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is then processed by the liver, then in the kidney, before going into circulation through our body to assist in wellbeing in all sorts of ways. Learn more about the essential vitamin D and how to get more of it.
03/10/2018
egg quality
You probably knew that you were born with your eggs and that you naturally loose a number as you age. However the follicles sit in hibernation until around 100 days prior to ovulation. That means that the 100 days before the month you conceive is critical in the quality of your eggs.This is because most … Continued
27/09/2018
pregnancy acupuncture 101
Ashley Gordon, FGHG Acupuncturist takes us through the basics of acupuncture during pregnancy and explains why it’s such a good idea. Is it your first pregnancy? Maybe your second or third? Whichever is the case, when you are looking for pregnancy advice, if you Google it you will be inundated with pages of links and … Continued
03/10/2018
Char's orange and almond cake
by Charmaine Dennis, FGHG Director and Naturopath Simple to make, this delicious orange and ginger cake is rich with protein from eggs and almond meal. To help your body out of the slumber of winter, this cake is sure to warm the cockles of your heart and make the blood flow to your fingers and toes with … Continued
20/09/2018
A practitioner workshop with Charmaine Dennis and Gill Stannard
Revitalise Your Health Practice: busting the blocks to success through exploration and collaboration. A one day workshop with Charmaine Dennis (FGHG director/mentor/naturopath) and her long-term friend and colleague Gill Stannard (Sydney naturopath and mentor) in Melbourne – – – – – How does it feel to be in your business or clinic? If your heart … Continued
18/09/2018
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There is a lot of information available about the basic naturopathic approach to IVF support, but experienced naturopaths know there is so much more to it! And very few naturopaths know nearly enough to really support IVF patients, especially when it comes to treating complex cases. Real and useful education is difficult to find on how to properly interpret … Continued
17/09/2018
pregnancy constipation
By Gina Fox, FGHG Naturopath & Nutritionist Constipation is more than annoying in pregnancy.  It’s important to treat constipation during pregnancy early to avoid extra pressure which may lead to varicose veins or haemorrhoids.  It can also cause headaches, cramping or pain and generally make you feel more tired.   It’s one of the conditions I … Continued
29/08/2018
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By Rosalyn Gilfillan, Remedial Massage Therapist While I was studying to become a Remedial Massage therapist I became fascinated by the change in another student’s reaction to touch. I had her lying on her back on the table and was practicing an abdominal sequence when she became quite giggly and I thought perhaps I was … Continued
27/08/2018
Baked beans (2)
These nutritious home made baked beans can be served with any combination of toast, eggs, sausages, cheese, avocado … or just deliciously on their own. Beans freeze well and will keep for a few days in the fridge, unless you eat them first (which you probably will). Yum! This recipe can also be cooked low … Continued
24/08/2018
Room with a view
Fertile Ground Health Group (FGHG) is a busy, multidisciplinary, natural medicine practice with expertise in preconception, infertility, pregnancy and family health. We are currently seeking an experienced Osteopath with a desire to develop their career and work with other high achievers in a vibrant, professional team. If you are a dedicated professional with special interest and experience … Continued
01/03/2018
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From Tina Jenkins, FGHG Naturopath One of the things I love about winter is the delicious warming soups! This following recipe is one I make regularly throughout the colder months and freeze in small batches so that I always have it at the ready whenever needed. I love warming it up during the day and … Continued
01/08/2018
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By Ros Gilfillan, FGHG Remedial Massage Therapist Pregnancy by its very nature creates new postural patterns as the body compensates for a change in weight and shape. On it’s own this can be totally manageable, but many pregnant women have pre-existing postural issues, developed long before pregnancy and will need additional exercises to minimise muscular aches, … Continued
02/08/2018
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This sashimi bowl is quick & easy to prepare, is perfect for cold or warm months (just plus or minus miso soup) and provides loads of nutrition. If you’re pregnant (ie no raw fish) or vegetarian, use cooked salmon, tofu or tempeh instead of raw salmon, and seaweed salad instead of pickled octopus. Nutritional benefits: … Continued
27/08/2018
Acupuncture
The use of acupuncture treatment to support IVF has fast become a popular treatment. When considering the use of Acupuncture to support IVF and other ART there are a few key components of treatment to consider. Some people undertake only the minimum pre-transfer and post-transfer appointments to support the embryo transfer.  Most embark on a … Continued
01/08/2018
Seed crackers by Julia Lette
written by Rhiannon Hardingham, recipe created by Julia Lette One of the best things about working at Fertile Ground is all of the fabulous and inspiring people I get to meet. A recent example of this was the fabulous Julia Lette – naturopath, personal trainer and (importantly for us) raw food chef extraordinaire! She has … Continued
07/06/2018
Zucchini slice
This zucchini, fetta and herb slice is more of a brunch dish, filling your home with a delicious herbacious aroma while this slice is baking. The more herbs the better so feel free to mix it up and try different herbal variations. Dusting the dish with polenta makes an easy crunchy base for the slice. … Continued
30/04/2018
John's Buckwheat Pancakes
Recipe by John Fleming, Melbourne Musician, from The Breakfast Project eBook by Charmaine Dennis and Milly Dabrowski “Coming up with gluten free breakfasts to satisfy everyone in the family is tricky. We ate flat, solid pancakes for a long time before learning about whites whipped and light. Fluffy AND gluten free? Yes it is possible! … Continued
30/04/2018
sleep boosters

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Sleep Boosters

By Consuella Garreffa, Diploma Remedial Massage, Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) – current Making up the triangle of a healthy lifestyle alongside diet and exercise, is ensuring a restful sleep cycle. Sleep allows our body and mind to fully relax and recharge. We like to think something that is so important for our wellbeing should be so … Continued
12/02/2018
Char's chocolate cake
by Charmaine Dennis, FGHG Director and Naturopath Impress your friends and loved ones with health cake. Super easy, quick to make AND pretty. It’s nutrient dense, high in fibre, good fats, antioxidants, protein and energy as well as gluten, dairy and soy free and fine for vegans too.  Small pieces are satisfying so it is … Continued
12/02/2018
When it comes to your child's health no words
By Sarah Harris, FGHG Paediatric & Family Naturopath Did you know Australians spend more on vitamins and supplements than on prescription drugs? With over 11,000 complementary medicine products for sale in Australia it’s no surprise to find bewildered parents doing their best to choose a supplement that might help their child feel better, healthier or … Continued
07/12/2017
Choosing Your Obstetrician
Gina Fox (FGHG Naturopath) talks with Dr Sushen Naidoo (FGHG Obstetrician) Want some help with deciding which Obstetrician to choose and how to go about getting an appointment? What qualities do you want in your Obstetrician? What does a good relationship with your Obstetrician look like? Have a listen to this podcast for a short discussion and … Continued
08/11/2017
Deliveriing Joy
We are all abuzz at FGHG with news of an exciting new collaboration with Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Dr.Sushen Naidoo, who will be consulting from Fertile Ground Health Group from November 2017. Whilst we have long collaborated with our patients’ primary medical carers and pride ourselves on being in communication with them whenever needed, working alongside … Continued
30/10/2017
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🌟🌟 48HOUR FLASH SALE MONDAY 15th OCTOBER 🌟🌟 What we do on the retreat Respectful to culture, the retreat begins on Monday afternoon with a traditional Balinese welcome and story share, continues for 6 days and 5 nights, ending at lunchtime on the following Saturday. This is not your standard goal setting, achieve more, make more jobs for yourself, … Continued
14/10/2018
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By Consuella Garreffa, FGHG Remedial Massage Therapist So you’ve had the chat and decided that having children is on your agenda. There’s a new found freedom as many years trying not to conceive has finally turned tables. Contraception has been thrown out the window and the fun has begun! Unfortunately it may not be that … Continued
06/11/2017
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By Charmaine Dennis, FGHG naturopath and director. Every year the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) holds a scientific meeting attracting experts in reproductive health from around the world, to present research and discuss new technologies and treatments. This year’s 2017 Merck symposium delivered plenty of healthy debate with it’s provocative main question for the day … Continued
02/11/2017
Boost your fertility event
Join us for an event with Tasha Jennings, Naturopath and author of The Fertility Diet to learn more about how you can boost your fertility even when doctors say you can’t! By Tasha Jennings Hi, I want to talk to you today about how you can improve your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy … Continued
25/10/2017
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By Charmaine Dennis, Naturopath. The hard facts about the effects of smoking on your fertility might be difficult to hear. If you are a smoker your brain will have been rewired to demand the reward that nicotine gives. Over time, this becomes a powerful force that is very difficult to resist. Research indicates that simply … Continued
25/09/2017
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Recipe by Tina Jenkins, FGHG naturopath This fresh, super-tasty, Spring veggie dish forms the perfect side dish to a portion of protein. Green veggies are alkalising and anti-inflammatory, making them wonderful for overall health as well as fertility. Fresh green beans, peas, parsley, basil and pistachios are a great source of folate, calcium, magnesium, protein, … Continued
25/09/2017
#loveislove #yes
Fertile Ground Health Group is proud to publicly support and celebrate the LGBTQI community and the principle of equality for all. The LGBTQI community is an integral part of our daily work in creating healthy families. They are our colleagues, family, friends, referral partners and patients who we care for every day. We offer our services, … Continued
21/09/2017
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At Fertile Ground Health Group (FGHG) we love caring for you throughout your fertility and pregnancy journey and when the baby comes the care does not end there! We offer a range of approaches to help support mums as they navigate the often challenging first months with a new babe. If you have been a … Continued
30/08/2017
IVF 2 WEEK WAIT (1)

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IVF 2 Week Wait

By Gina Fox (FGHG naturopath) and Charmaine Dennis (FGHG naturopath and director) Are you feeling anxious, worried and wondering what you can do for support while you wait for your pregnancy test after embryo transfer? No more appointments now and feeling a bit lost and second guessing whether or not you’re pregnant? Confused with the … Continued
20/09/2017
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From a Chinese medicine perspective food is classified according to its attributes and the way it effects the balance of yin and yang energy in the body. In the cooler (yin) months our energy is occupied not only with its daily function to keep us healthy, it also requires yang energy to keep us warm. … Continued
30/08/2017
Sperm
Written by Charmaine Dennis, Naturopath. The most recent systematic review and meta-regression analysis of recent trends in sperm counts are not looking good fellas! There is a trend of SIGNIFICANT DECLINE. Certainly, the SBS On Demand TV series everyone is watching The Handmaid’s Tale, may truly be cause for concern. It shows female fertility as the problem for our future, … Continued
28/08/2017
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By Gina Fox, Head of Naturopathy at Fertile Ground 5 Top Tips for making meditation part of your daily routine 1.    Do just that – make meditating a routine.  Sit at the same time each day and your body will start to want to do it.  First thing in the morning is best and you can … Continued
28/07/2017
Are all natal multivitamins created equal-
By Gina Fox (FGHG naturopath) and Joanne Sharkey (FGHG acupuncturist) Surely all preconception and pregnancy multivitamins are the same right? If not how do I choose the right one? Do I even need a multivitamin if I eat a healthy diet? You might be surprised at the answers to these and many more questions raised in this episode of … Continued
28/07/2017
Sleep
Written by Gina Fox, Naturopath Getting a good night’s sleep is an excellent starting point to improve your attention span and concentration, raise energy levels and increase your tolerance to stressful incidents during the day. When to Eat and When to Sleep Preferably eat dinner before 7.30pm at least 4 hours before bed Avoid having … Continued
28/07/2017
Shakshuka

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Shakshuka

Recipe by Fertile Ground Naturopath, Tina Jenkins We asked Naturopath, Tina Jenkins what’s been bubbling in her pot this winter and she shared this delicious, spicy, comforting, baked eggs recipe. Not only is it warming and comforting but it’s also beneficial for the immune system due to the spices and high antioxidant content in the veggies it … Continued
20/07/2017
Chilli Con Carne
Recipe by Fertile Ground Naturopath, Rhiannon Hardingham.  This Chilli Con Carne slow cooker recipe is my favourite Winter comfort food. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients and full of what we need to replenish iron, vitamins, fibre and immune boosting nutrients. In this recipe I use Kangaroo mince which is my preferred red meat protein source … Continued
23/06/2017
Tina Graduation
Both Tina Jenkins and Gina Fox recently received their Masters of Reproductive Medicine (with Excellence). Here’s a picture of Tina at the graduation ceremony in NSW. Well done ladies! Here’s what Tina had to say about getting her Masters degree… “Obtaining a Masters degree has been a long process for me; 4 years of hard … Continued
21/06/2017
HOW TO BE SMART ABOUT STRESS AND YOUR FERTILITY (1)
By Gina Fox, Naturopath Listen now to Gina’s Podcast “How to be smart about stress and your fertility” The effect of stress can be different for each of us and just because you don’t feel stressed doesn’t mean that you may not be affected. The very busyness of our daily routines can result in constantly raised … Continued
29/05/2017
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May 2017 Newsletter

Preparation is vital for success Reflecting on nature’s cycles is an inspirational way to make the changes we need to improve our health. Autumn shows us that it’s a time for change, for letting go of the old and to prepare for the months ahead, all with the promise of something new in the Spring. With this is mind we have … Continued
29/05/2017
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We hope you enjoy this podcast interview by Naturopath Gina Fox with Acupuncturist Jo Sharkey and Massage Therapist & Birth Attendant Fiona Harrison on everything you wanted to know about birth preparation and natural induction techniques. At Fertile Ground we’re receiving more and more referrals from midwives and obstetricians for natural induction, using acupuncture, massage and other techniques that have become … Continued
24/05/2017
What is MTHFR?

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WTF is MTHFR?

By Gina Fox (FGHG naturopath) and Joanne Sharkey (FGHG acupuncturist)   We are thrilled to announce the latest in our informative podcast series WTF is MTHFR – an interview by Joanne Sharkey with Gina Fox on the ins and outs of MTHFR. Have you heard of MTHFR? What is it? Why is everybody talking about it? Could it … Continued
21/03/2017
Lets talk about sex
By Charmaine Dennis, Naturopath and Co-director   It can be so easy to get caught up in the dos and don’ts of trying to conceive – don’t drink alcohol, go to your GP for testing, give up the cigarettes, exercise more … that we can forget to talk about the most important thing about getting … Continued
17/03/2017
ACUPUNCTURE FOR IVF SUPPORT
Research shows that acupuncture can be used to enhance IVF outcomes. Did you know that acupuncturists can help with preconception care, support around egg collection, pre- and post-transfer treatments and miscarriage prevention? Listen as Gina Fox (FGHG naturopath) interviews Joanne Sharkey (FGHG acupuncturist) about the how’s and why’s of acupuncture to support IVF.  What do … Continued
07/02/2017
exercise
By Gina Fox, Naturopath   Not just an issue at menopause, bone density is a lifelong women’s health issue. Calcium is important in pregnancy and for fertility.  Here’s the low down. If you’re a woman this might be an issue for you and the time to do something about it is NOW!  Don’t wait until you … Continued
11/10/2016
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Prevention is the best cure, but even if you are experiencing pain it’s never too late to implement a regular routine of exercise, good postural awareness and to seek treatment for back problems before things get complicated.
12/09/2016
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by Rachel Steward, Acupuncturist. Are you trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment? Are you finding it stressful? You are not alone! In this article I will discuss some common experiences and how you can use exercise to build your resilience as you move through your fertility journey. Trying to conceive, whether naturally or with … Continued
08/09/2016
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by Ljupka Peev, Naturopath Cold and flu season is well and truly here, with lots of people unwell at the moment. Recently my friend’s two and a half-year-old son was sick and not eating. I made a big batch of my version of minestrone soup, which he loved! Here he is [or that’s him] drinking … Continued
08/08/2016
Hearts-and-Hands
by Rachel Steward, Acupuncturist After working with women undergoing fertility treatment for over fifteen years I thought I was well aware of how stressful it can be.  Every day I talk about, and treat, stress with my patients.  However, I recently came across some research which shocked me: A group of women undergoing IVF who … Continued
22/06/2016
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Anyone can feel better, anytime and quicker with naturopathic treatment of your present symptoms.
23/07/2015
Making friends with stress

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Making friends with Stress

We have long been told that stress is our enemy and should be controlled, reduced, relaxed and avoided as much as possible…  however some research now suggests that we need to re-frame this stress in a more positive way. It seems that stress may only be bad for us if we believe that to be … Continued
05/11/2015
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We all know how important breastfeeding is for new born babies and infants, with so much research showing enhanced bonding and immunity, linking it with better health outcomes for your child – for now and into future years. However breastfeeding can be harder than most people realise. Pop them on the boob and off you … Continued
08/10/2015
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We field a lot of questions about super foods (fertility foods) at FGHG with lots of people wondering if they will be the miracle missing ingredient for their fertility challenges.  We thought it would be great to get one of our naturopaths to talk about what superfoods are really the best fertility foods.  And we … Continued
01/09/2015
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From the time of a positive pregnancy test right up to the baby is born, acupuncture is safe and effective.
18/06/2015
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Naturopathic Care for Male Factor Fertility Issues Around 15% of all couples are unable to conceive naturally, and male factor issues are thought to contribute to around half of these incidences. Whilst the only medical treatment for male factor infertility involves ICSI (IVF where an individual sperm is selected and injected into the egg to … Continued
21/05/2015
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We recently received this fantastic story from a patient and knew that you would love to read it. We love a positive outcome but we don't often get to tell the story from a patients point of view. We'd like to do more of this so if you would like to share your story, email us as per the details at the end of this story.
28/01/2015
At Fertile Ground Health Group we are all about helping you and your body to perform at your best - whatever challenges you might be facing. Our goal is to help you be and stay healthy, happy, balanced and energised - body, mind and spirit.
26/01/2015
PCOS is a condition that affects a woman's health and her fertility and it is a condition that I have been fortunate enough to see quite frequently in practice as a naturopath.
24/01/2015
hayfever
We've seen a few cases of full blown hay fever this year. This changeable weather seems to really challenge our immune systems. Pollens, damp, drying winds one after the other. Seems like no matter what your trigger is this year everyone is copping it!
23/01/2015
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Things have been very busy for myself and the Birth Attendant team at Fertile Ground Health Group. Between the three of us we have attended 5 births over the last month or so. And we are loving it!
18/01/2015
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My motto is that all crisis (no matter how small) leads to transformation so I figure this is my learning opportunity. No point learning alone, I thought I’d share the love with you.
16/01/2015
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“… it is very often simple lifestyle measures that make a difference to their capacity for sleeping well.”
21/01/2015