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Pregnancy and having a baby should be a time of great joy and togetherness for families. But if you are pregnant during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, it is natural to be worried about the impact of coronavirus on your health and the health of your unborn baby.
Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but with the overwhelming amount of information available for parents and parents-to-be it can be difficult to know what to trust. Increasing evidence shows that the best time to invest in our children’s health is at the very start (conception). The message isn’t just for mothers; fathers, grandparents, and society all play a vital role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our children.
Pregnancy can be a time of great joy and excitement for women, but it can also bring upheaval and stress. Physical health problems, worries about childbirth, and the health of their baby, and fears about managing the transition to motherhood all mean that women can be particularly prone to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Dr Hannah Woolhouse shares a new study into the potential benefits of mindfulness in pregnancy
Anna Jarmolowicz, Master of Genetic Counselling student, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) have helped thousands along the path to parenthood, helping couples who have had difficulty conceiving.