….”So the best thing you can do is not to worry all the time about whether you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the stress level down is the most important thing. And tactile interaction — that’s certainly what the good mother rats are doing with their babies. That sensory input, the touching, is so important for the developing brain.” ….
Mind the Bump is a fabulous new App developed by Smiling Mind and beyondblue with the help of psychiatrists and psychologists who specialise in Mindfulness Meditation, mental health, perinatal health and online wellbeing.
The free Mindfulness Meditation App aims to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.
There are loads of tailored exercises to support parents from day one of pregnancy through to 24 months after birth and is geared towards mothers, fathers, single parents and same sex couples. It can also be used by health professionals working with new and expecting parents.
Mindfulness is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment, with purpose and without judgment.
The Mind the Bump App contains activities that help to train the brain and strengthen one’s ability to be mindful, which further increases an individuals capacity to manage stress, change, and build connections.
A Child’s Brain Development
On the flip side, mindfulness is an incredibly useful tool for optimal child development as well.
It’s now clear from decades of research that as a young child’s brain develops over time, mindfully caring for them increases the chances they grow up to be mentally and emotionally well balanced and better able to handle life.
Here is a great video describing the importance of mindfulness on a child’s brain development.
Many of you may have heard the recent news about the food health scare across Australia involving frozen berries.
A public health investigation is currently underway into the national outbreak of locally-acquired hepatitis A during January and February 2015 which is linked to eating frozen berries during the incubation period.
Several lines of frozen berries under the “Nanna’s” and “Creative Gourmet” brands are now subject to a national recall. See the NSW Food Authority website for details on products recalled.
If you feel you or your family have been affected by this then please read the following information sheet GP Alert: Hepatitis A – 17 Feb 2015 and contact your local GP immediately.
We are very excited to welcome Alice Yang to our team here at House of Fertility & Healing.
She will be available by appointment on Sundays between 9am – 5pm.
Alice is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with a skill set that includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and moxibustion. She graduated from UTS with a degree in Applied Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has completed an internship at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital, where she worked on various wards including dermatology, gynaecology, oncology, and musculo-skeletal.
She strongly advocates a holistic approach in health and well being, where treatment is a combination of providing relief for symptoms as well as addressing the root cause of health conditions. An integral part of Alice’s practice is an emphasis on the important role diet and lifestyle can play in a person’s health and healing process.
Alice has a strong interest in:
Women’s Health – especially in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis
Pregnancy & Fertility – IVF, Pre- and Post-Natal Care and Birth Induction
Weight Loss and Digestion
Migraine and Headaches
Alice is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association and a registered member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
For further enquiries please contact Alice at the House of Fertility & Healing, 02 9557 6440 or book yourself in for an appointment with her via our online booking system.
You get to hear about the science, discover new techniques and uncover ancient ones, as well as nurture your pregnancy, realise your birth potential and discover delicious motherhood. Sounds pretty good!
These interviews with inspiring and dedicated women who are experts in their field be be available online via a series of webinars between the 23-28 March 2015.
Anyone who signs up for the conference will receive FREE ACCESS to 21 interviews as well as 3 FREE GIFTS which include:
Free Gift 1 – E-Book: The Simple Homeby Jodi Wilson
Free Gift 2 – E-Book: Educate Yourself by Dr Nat Kringoudis
Free Gift 3 – Website Membership to exclusive videos & resources by Dr Sarah Buckley
To find out more about the conference have a look at the video below.
Participants are needed to be part of a study, being conducted by the University of Western Sydney in conjunction with IVF Australia and other fertility clinics across the country, investigating the effectiveness of acupuncture in improving embryo implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates. The use of acupuncture has grown in popularity as an adjunct to IVF, so it is important for consumers and health care providers that the evidence base for this therapy is established. The study will add significant new knowledge to defining the exact role of acupuncture in the management of infertility requiring IVF from a clinical and cost effectiveness perspective. To take part in this study participants must:
Be under the age of 43
Be undergoing a fresh IVF or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) cycle
Not be undergoing a Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis cycle
Participants in the trial will receive their treatments on the day of embryo transfer – administered by experienced acupuncturists – at research partnered IVF units in clinics across Australia.
The trial will remain open to new participants until December 2014 and possibly into early 2015. Women wishing to find out more, or to register, please contact the research co-ordinator Sarah Fogarty on 02 4620 3290.
Clients often ask us about supply and safety, so if you have a minute read Kevins short holiday report on his herbal adventure in Taiwan.
Kevin recently spent a short time in hot/humid Taiwan and took this opportunity to visit one of our largest Herbal Companies, Kaiser Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. in the lovely city of Tainan in southern Taiwan. Kaiser one of the worlds largest suppliers of Chinese Herbal Medicines, supplies North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Kevin was keen to view Kaisers processing plant and manufacturing line first hand. He is pleased to report that he was suitably impressed by the high standard of its automated equipment and Kaisers technology to ensure patient safety (this is a top priority for us as practitioners).
Herbs are generally sourced from China, shipped to Taiwan for processing under stringent international standards which are world class. All batches of products under-go the following standard analyses
Pesticide Residual Detection
Heavy Metal Detection
Aristolochic Acid Detection
The laboratories are able to perform other analyses as requested by the client, Kaiser is also involved in world research and is dedicated to improving the production process and monitoring all products to ensure the finest quality.
The House of Fertility and Healing utilises many of these products, mainly the line of KPC herbal medicines, if you have any questions in regards to herb safety please contact Kevin at the House of Fertility and Healing.
At one point I was teaching hot yoga as well as normal hatha yoga. I was teaching about 7 classes a week in this hot room (28 degrees, so not bikram hot, but hot enough). I had a great mentor who was working in this particular studio and I was keen to learn from him. When they offered me classes to teach I jumped at the chance. There is no doubt that teaching a dynamic practice keeps you fit. You sweat and work hard and you come out feeling the rush of endorphins like you’ve really worked out (this really is a sort of gym yoga, for those that don’t want to go to the gym but still want to sweat). But is this type of practice conducive for getting pregnant?
I’m often asked if it’s OK to do strenuous exercise when you’re trying to conceive eg. dynamic or hot yoga, gym sessions, running etc. My advice would be not to. Stick to all things gentle – yoga, walking, swimming are all great. We are trying to cool the body, calm it down and soften the belly (think of that beautiful round moon, the ultimate feminine energy). It’s about getting the flow going, the breath relaxed, the blood circulating – not practices that heat the body, tighten or strengthen.
When I finally realised that although it might be working on one level (ie. keeping me very fit), it wasn’t good for successfully conceiving. I changed so many things in my life, it’s hard for me to say what it was that made it possible for us to have our twins. All I can say is that when I finally did give up my heated classes I fell pregnant. Who knows if that was it, but one thing is for certain I’m sure giving up the heated practice helped.