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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
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
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
Doreen Schwegler Christine Carley Naturopath
We have some wonderful practitioners committed to joining us for this truly incredible experience in May 2018. It’s going to be just what we all need! 🌟 What we do on the retreat 🌟 Respectful to culture, the retreat begins on Sunday afternoon with a traditional Balinese welcome and story share, continues for 6 days and 5 … Continued
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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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 Acupuncture / Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner with a desire to develop their career and work with other high achievers in a vibrant, professional team. If you are a dedicated … Continued
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
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
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


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
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
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
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
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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
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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
An exciting opportunity for practising naturopaths to take their IVF-support knowledge to the next level with one of Melbourne's leading fertility naturopaths
What is MTHFR?

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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Anyone can feel better, anytime and quicker with naturopathic treatment of your present symptoms.
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
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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
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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
From the time of a positive pregnancy test right up to the baby is born, acupuncture is safe and effective.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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“… it is very often simple lifestyle measures that make a difference to their capacity for sleeping well.”