Prue Corlette's Blog

The embryo decision: use, donate, destroy or research?

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Prue Corlette After having our twins I had received a bill on the mail for six months of cryostorage for the embryos we have left. It precipitated a discussion with my husband as to what we might do with our remaining embryos.

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Keeping my legs crossed

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Prue Corlette My waters broke last Friday night, just hours into my maternity leave - and 10 weeks early.

Cheating on your specialist

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Prue Corlette Why it's OK to get another opinion

The price of a family

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Prue Corlette How much does it really cost to make a family with the help of IVF? Prue does the maths.

The IVF forgetter: I don't like being pregnant

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Prue Corlette I don't like being pregnant. There, I said it. Despite spending four years wanting nothing more than to be pregnant, the reality is not what I was expecting.

The miracle of science

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Prue Corlette Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think it would happen to me, but dear readers, I am thrilled to tell you, it did. I am pregnant.

IVF and depression

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Prue Corlette IVF can cause depression. It can cause rational people to do irrational things and behave in ways they generally wouldn't. Read Prue's story.

The infertile Olympics

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Prue Corlette No matter your matter, there is always someone worse off and more than willing to let you know that your brand of pain can't compare with theirs.

The happy ending

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Prue Corlette Why does the publishing world shun stories of failed conception journeys in favour of 'the happy ending'?

Needles and natural killer cells

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Prue Corlette I thought I would do a bit of a run-down on what is involved with a fresh IVF cycle, because unless you have done it, why would you know? It's easy for some, difficult for others, both emotionally and physically.

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Prue Corlette Meet our new blogger Prue, who is sharing her conception journey.

"Have you thought about adoption?"

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Prue Corlette "Have you thought about adoption?" It's a sentence every out-of-the-closet IVF-er hears at least several times during their assisted conception journey. It's one of the classic pieces of advice that well meaning, but utterly uninformed friends and relatives like to give. To help.

Why we are out of the closet

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Prue Corlette Some of you might wonder why I feel the need to share with the world my sex life and attempts to conceive a child. It's not the sort of thing my family brought me up to talk about at the dinner table. But funnily enough, it seems to be a topic of conversation whenever my husband and I are guests, be it a BBQ, dinner party or other social occasion.

'Miracle' twins: the story of celebrity IVF

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Prue Corlette Another week, another celebrity IVF success story.

Unpregnant

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Prue Corlette Hello and welcome to the intimate details of my life. I am Essential Baby's blogger-in-residence for the conception section, but the irony is, I won't be giving any advice on getting pregnant the old-fashioned way.

IVF clinics desperate for donor sperm

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Prue Corlette IVF clinics in NSW and Victoria are addressing the lack of available sperm to couples with fertility issues by launching an advertising campaign aimed at increasing the number of men putting their hand up (or down) to donate sperm.

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Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what’s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can’t help feeling I’ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I’ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

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The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

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The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

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