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Fertility, Pregnancy & Health Blog

Our gift to you: free information! You’ll find plenty of useful, current, well researched, relevant material here to support your health, fertility, pregnancy, parenting and general well being journey. Make yourself a cuppa and delve in.

What is Buteyko?

So what is this awesome breath therapy that allows you to become free from anxiety, inner tension and even panic? Buteyko practitioner and naturopath, Carly Woods, explains.

Changes to health insurance rebates for naturopathy

For the millions of people who have benefited from the very real and very powerful results of naturopathic care, the political decision to remove private health insurance rebates for naturopathy is equally concerning and confusing. We are busy being politically active, speaking and writing to members of parliament and signing petitions to change this unfounded decision.

Fever management

Even the word “fever” is enough to bring up fears in most of us, and having a fever has many of us immediately reaching for the paracetmol packet and the cold towels. But did you know that, when managed carefully and correctly, fever is actually a friend not a foe?

Counselling for Fertility, IVF support and Beyond

It’s a paradox that although IVF treatment can feel so overwhelming with appointments and the ups and downs of the emotional roller-coaster, it can also be an opportunity for personal growth rather than emotional shut down. FGHG Perinatal and Fertility Counsellor, Suzanne Hurley discusses these issues and ideas with Naturopath Gina Fox and looks at how women and men can endure the IVF process and life’s other reproductive challenges and still keep a healthy perspective. Listen to the Finding Fertility podcast for more

Pete’s Succotash

Succotash is an American vegetable dish popping with flavour. It is often described as “Summer in a bowl”. Fertile Ground Acupuncturist, Peter Slipper, shares with us his recipe and secret to making the tastiest succotash.

Long lasting health: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

Feeling laclustre? Under-the-weather? Fatigued, relying on coffee and just not at your best? Many of us don’t realise that we are constantly draining on our reserves without replenishing the tank. Before we know it we have nothing to draw on when it really matters and we aren’t living a life that we can enjoy to the fullest. If we take this simple equation into consideration, we can replenish, become in surplus, and feel abundant and strong. It’s all up to us.

Meet the special in your Specialist – Libby Oldfield and Gen McGlashan, Physiotherapists

In our second interview of the “Meet the special in your Specialist” series, we caught up with Libby Oldfield and Gen McGlashan, co-directors of Fitwise Physiotherapy whose practice is on level 4 of our building! We have been collaborating, referring and sharing patients with these two fabulous practitioners for the last 15 years and are so pleased to share with you more about their work, and specifically, more about their speciality in pelvic health and continence.

Getting to know your practitioner – Sonia Millett, FGHG acupuncturist

Fertility, pregnancy and women’s health conditions are some of the most interesting and complex to treat, for this reason it has always drawn me – there are so many interesting aspects to consider, such as hormonal and emotional factors. Fertility, pregnancy and women’s health conditions are some of the most interesting and complex to treat, for this reason it has always drawn me – there are so many interesting aspects to consider, such as hormonal and emotional factors.

Surviving Summer Pregnancy

So your first 34 weeks of pregnancy has come and gone. For some this has been tumultuous and you’d rather not do it again, for others, it has been an enjoyable journey. But be prepared! In my experience working with many pregnant women, I can safely say that when trying to cope with the Summer heat, the coming 6 weeks of pregnancy may prove challenging, especially when embarking on the run to the finish line (not that you should be running!!).

Acupuncture IVF support after egg retrieval

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.

Meet the special in your IVF Specialist – Dr. Manuela Toledo

In the first of our “Meet the special in your Specialist” interview series, we speak with Dr. Manuela Toledo from Melbourne IVF to learn more about her and the approach she takes as a fertility specialist. Manuela also shares with us a little of her best advice for anyone who is trying to conceive.

Experiencing Infertility: Are You a Team?

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

Vitamin D Essentials

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.