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Conceive Baby Podcast Series
26 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Pap Smears - What You Need To Know. With Dr. Alice Huang
So, you know a regular pap smear is important, but what do the results really mean? What are they screening for? Does is affect your fertility or the progression of a healthy pregnancy? In this episode I speak with Dr Alice Huang who answers these important questions and explains everything you need to know about Pap smears, including the new advances which are providing more scope in testing and why they are not officially called pap smears anymore! Dr Alice Huang is an experienced specialised gynaecologist who has been training or working in the field of gynaecology for the past 15 years, and working in the field of infertility and IVF for the past 10 years. Dr Huang specialises in IVF / fertility treatments Fertility preservation and egg freezing Ovulation induction and cycle tracking Endometriosis and laparoscopic surgery Fibroids and myomectomy surgery Abnormal CST and colposcopy PCOS Abnormal vaginal discharge and recurrent vaginosis Dr Huang's professional practice is not just built on evidence-based-medicine, but also on a holistic understanding of the individual, she understands that it’s the small things that make the difference between good, and exceptional medical care. If you’re trying to fall pregnant If you’ve ever had an abnormal Pap smear If you want to be proactive in supporting your reproductive health Then this interview is for you!
26 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Fertility Preservation with Dr Genia Rozen
Whether it's plan A, plan B or plan C, there is a path to your baby. In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast, I speak with Dr Genia Rozen about the evolving world of fertility preservation. We discuss egg freezing, embryo freezing, sperm freezing and uterine tissue freezing. How they work, what the the benefits are and when they may be appropriate for you. Genia Rozen is Gynaecologist and Fertility specialist from Melbourne. She trained at the Royal Women’s Hospital, where she now works as a consultant. Her private practice is based in East Melbourne and the Peninsula. Genia has a special interest in medical fertility preservation and is the deputy head of the well-known Fertility Preservation Service at RWH. Dedicated to the field of reproduction and oncofertility, she is also undertaking a PhD aimed at helping women conceive after cancer. I hope you enjoy this inspiring discussion! You can find out more about Dr Rozen at her website http://www.geniarozen.com.au/ And more about Fertility Preservation at the Royal Women's Hospital http://www.geniarozen.com.au/fertility-preservation/
39 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Fertility Over 40 with Womens Health Naturopath Angela Hywood
In today's episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast we’re talking about a topic which is growing enormously and that’s Fertility over 40. I know in my practice I’m seeing more and more women starting or growing their families in their 40’s. But biologically, how fertile are we? What are your chances, really? And what can you do to stack the odds in your favour. Today we’re going to be answering all these questions and more with the lovely Angela Hywood, who understands this topic intimately, both personally and professionally. Angela is an experienced naturopathic clinician with over 20 years of clinical experience. She runs a busy clinic in Perth Western Australia, specialising in integrative endocrinology, fertility and women’s health. Prior to Angela’s career in naturopathy, she studied at the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University of Technology. Angela practiced at the world-renowned Jocelyn Centre of Natural Fertility Management, Australia’s first specialist practice in the area of Preconception Health Care & Fertility Management and has dedicated her career to fertility and women’s health practice. With her uniquely integrative approach she has assisted many of couples overcome their fertility obstacles and fulfil their dream of becoming parents. Angela shares my passion for helping couples become parents and seeing healthy families thrive. She is a mother of 2 little ones herself, both carefully and consciously planned and both naturally conceived (after 40). Angela has written a chapter on miscarriage for a medical text book, and in addition to her practice and education roles, Angela is a well-known featured speaker at complementary and integrative medicine conferences nationally and internationally.
44 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Your Lunar Cycle
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while you probably know about ovulation trackers and temperature charting, well today we’re going to be looking at a different way of charting your menstrual cycle and that’s via your lunar cycle. In this intriguing discussion we talk about the origins of the lunar cycle (it was actually developed by a Doctor) and how you can use your lunar cycle to optimise you chances of conceiving, and perhaps even increase your odds of having a boy or a girl!
44 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
The PCOS Diet
In this episode I speak with Women's Health Dietitian Stephanie Valakas. We discuss the most common hormonal disorder found in women, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS as it’s most commonly known. PCOS affects around 10% of women in Australia and can have a significant impact on fertility and our ability to fall pregnant. We discuss symptoms and diagnosis, but most importantly in the episode we do a deep dive into diet and the simple changes you can make to improve symptoms, improve your fertility and improve your chances of conceiving and carrying your healthy baby.
33 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Egg Freezing - Edited - 2
In this episode I speak with renowned Melbourne Fertility Specialists, Dr Lynn Burmeister about a very topical issue. One which is growing rapidly. And that’s egg freezing. More and more women are turning to egg freezing as an 'insurance policy', if they haven’t met Mr Right or are just not ready for a baby right now, but know it’s something they want in their future. But how much of a guarantee of a healthy baby is it really? What’s involved in the process and what can you do to optimise your chances of a healthy egg collection and a healthy baby? We’ll be answering all these questions and more! Enjoy!
44 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
Fertility Fundamentals With Gina Fox
Whether you are going through IVF, struggling with infertility or just wanting to prepare for a healthy pregnancy in this episode we talk about the fundamental things you need to know about your diet and lifestyle that will have a significant impact on your ability to conceive; on your ability to carry a healthy pregnancy and on the long term health of your future baby. It is in this precious preconception period that you have the opportunity to optimise the DNA you pass on to your future child. So regardless of what stage you are at in your fertility journey, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.
41 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Fertility and the Vaginal Microbiome
In this episode I speak with Moira Bradfield who is currently completing PhD research into the vaginal microbiome. Moira will be providing her insights into the role of the vaginal microbiome in fertility as well as practical tips and advice to help you support a healthy vaginal environment to improve your chances of conceiving and carrying your healthy baby. We cover topics including * what is a microbiome? * how our vaginal microbiome differs from our gut microbiome * what role does it play in candida/thrush? * other infections of the vaginal impacting fertility health * Strep B and pregnancy complications * what discharge is 'normal' * douches, washes and intimate products, should you use them * tampons vs pads vs menstrual cups, what should you use * ways to optimise your vaginal health to support a healthy conception and pregnancy Moira Bradfield, founder of Intimate Ecology clinical and education services, is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist and educator with over 18 years clinical experience. She has a passion for helping people experience optimal health in sustainable and sensible ways. Clinically she has a niche interest in recurrent vaginal infections, the vaginal microbiome and their associated impact on health and disease including fertility, loss and post partum health. Moira holds a Bachelor of Naturopathy Southern Cross University, a Masters degree in Acupuncture from Southern Cross University and is completing formal research with Griffith University as part of PhD studies in the area of the vaginal microbiome and conditions of vaginal dysbiosis. In addition to her role as a Naturopath Moira has lectured in Naturopathy both overseas and in Australia and is currently the Senior Lecturer for Nutrition at The Endeavour College of Natural Health, Southport. Finalist for Naturopath of the year, Nutritionist of the year and Educator of the year in the 2018 BIMA awards and nominee for the 2018 ANS Educator of the year and Naturopath of the year, Moira is focused on excellence in education and clinical practice in the management of the vaginal microbiome. You can find out more about Moira and her services at www.intimateecology.com.au
40 minutes | Feb 10, 2019
In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast we talk about fertility, as always, but from a different perspective. We discuss a wonderful, collaborative, celebratory event, which is on a mission to change the conversation around fertility and infertility. Fertility Fest. I speak with inspiring founder Jessica Hepburn who shares with us her personal journey, as well as insights into the evolution of Fertility Fest and what you can expect at this year's event. Jessica Hepburn is one of the leading patient voices on fertility, infertility and assisted conception. She is the author of two books The Pursuit of Motherhood (2014) and 21 Miles: Swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood which is launching in a few weeks. In 2016, following her ten year tenure as Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in London she founded Fertility Fest, the world's first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies. The third edition of the festival will be held in Barbican, London from 23rd April to 18th May 2018. For more information head to www.fertilityfest.com www.jessicahepburn.com
43 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
The Impact of Diet on the Uterine Environment
In this episode I speak with Dr Jemma Evans about the impact of your diet on the most important and amazing organ when it comes to fertility, and that’s the uterus. We hear a lot these days about egg health in relation to fertility, which is obviously super important but there is another important player and that’s your baby’s first home. The place where this tiny fertilised egg will have the opportunity to grow into a thriving, healthy baby. The health of the uterus plays an important role in supporting implantation and supporting the health and development of this precious new life. In this episode we delve deeper into the role of the uterus, as well as ways to optimise uterine health, through diet, to improve your chances of conceiving and carrying your beautiful, healthy baby. Jemma will be sharing exclusive insights from her new research. Jemma is a research scientist with a focus on understanding the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus into which the embryo must implant. Her previous work has contributed to significant changes in IVF, by characterising the endometrium in women during IVF cycles, and demonstrating that, in most cases, a ‘hostile’ local environment is presented to the embryo. This has led to a significant increase in the number of frozen embryo transfer cycles being undertaken. Her current area of research aims to improve the local environment within the uterus to provide an optimal ‘home’ for the baby by intervening well before conception. She has identified a ‘toxic’ inflammatory environment within the uterus which appears to compromise endometrial quality, embryo implantation and development of the placenta. Jemma is about to embark on a clinical trial to determine if a simple dietary intervention can improve the local uterine environment leading to improved fertility and pregnancy health. She hopes this will also improve the long-term health of the child as the environment within the uterus can determine if the child will develop health disorders such as diabetes and obesity later in life. I love her mantra which is healthy uterus, healthy pregnancy, healthy life!
41 minutes | Oct 14, 2018
Conceiving with Donor Eggs with Raelia Lew
In this episode of the Conceive Baby Webinar Series we discuss a very topical issue in fertility, and that's donor conception. We now not only have donor sperm, we also have donor eggs and donor embryos. In a previous episode I spoke with Louise Johnson and Karin Hammarberg from the Government Body VARTA about the legalities and your rights and options around donor conception and today we're going to discuss the actual process. What is involved in a donor conception from egg donation perspective. Today I'm speaking with Dr Raelia Lew. Raelia graduated from medicine at Monash University with Honours, and later trained as a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Raelia went on to completed her Masters of Medicine in Reproductive Health Science and Human Genetics at The University of Sydney and graduated from a Doctorate of Philosophy in the area of Preconception Health Promotion and Reproductive Genetics in 2016. Her PhD research was commenced at the University of Sydney and completed in Cambridge, UK. As a qualified specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Raelia undertook further RANZCOG (Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) accredited Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) training. Fewer than 2% of Australian Obstetricians and Gynaecologists hold a CREI. It represents the highest level of Australasian post-graduate training in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynaecology Surgery, Comprehensive Fertility Care, Andrology (Male Fertility and hormone management) and Assisted Reproductive Technologies. You can also hear more from Dr Lew in her podcast Knocked Up https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/knocked-up-the-podcast-about-getting-pregnant/id1381363197?mt=2
43 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
The Role Of Male Preconception Health with Dr Adam Watkins
In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast Series we talk about a topic which, historically, hasn’t received that much attention. Infertility has, for a long time, focused largely on the female. So in this webinar we turn the tide and look at the impact of male preconception health. Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology, Dr Adam Watkins provide his personal insights into his new research, focusing on the role of sperm in a healthy conception and healthy embryo development. Dr Watkins has always had an interest in the sensitivities of events early in pregnancy to environmental factors such as maternal diet. However, Dr Watkins’ current research is exploring the role that a father’s diet may have on influencing the quality of his sperm as well as the long-term health of his offspring. Currently, Dr Watkins is looking at how the diet of a father may affect the long-term cardiovascular and metabolic health of his offspring. Dr Watkins’ recent research has shown that a poor father’s diet at the time of conception may affect the genetic information carried within his sperm that will be passed into the egg at fertilisation. Dr Watkins has also shown that the fluid in which the sperm are transported modifies the levels of important inflammatory molecules within the maternal uterus during the first few days of pregnancy. Together, his research shows how a father can influence not only the development of the early embryo during the first few days of pregnancy, but how a father can also affect the environment of the maternal uterus in which an embryo will grow. These studies are providing new insight into the importance of a father’s lifestyle at the time of conception not only for his own reproductive health but also for the long-term health of his offspring.
29 minutes | Aug 28, 2018
Egg Freezing Myths And Facts with Dr Julie Lamb
Egg freezing is a hot topic. Whether it be for IVF treatment or social reason, there are many myths surrounding the process. In this informative webinar I speak with board certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr Julie Lamb, who will bust the myths and give us the facts you need to know. Julie Lamb, MD, FACOG a specialist at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle and also serves as clinical faculty at the University of Washington as well as being the president-elect of Seattle Gynecology Society. Dr. Lamb graduated at the top of her class in biology and psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and completed her training in medical school at Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study international women’s health in Zimbabwe. Dr. Lamb completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and did her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of California, San Francisco. As clinical faculty at the University of Washington she directs the REI training of Ob/Gyn resident physicians and is the Director of the Center for Fertility Preservation at Pacific NW Fertility. Dr. Lamb is committed to combining state of the art technology and exceptional patient care to help patients meet their family building goals. She has presented and published over 50 peer-reviewed research projects at national meetings and is an active member board member of both the American Society of Reproductive Medicine patient education committee and embryo transfer committee and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. Dr. Lamb is dedicated to changing the conversation surrounding fertility care and strives to empower women to learn about their fertility options.
44 minutes | Aug 18, 2018
Infection And Fertility with Elizabeth Mucci
In this episode I speak with Elizabeth Mucci about the impact of infections on fertility. We discuss the role of infections in unexplained infertility, the immune system, natural killer cells as well as investigations, tests and treatment strategies. Elizabeth Mucci is a scientist, nutritionist and herbalist with a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and over 18 years experience as a clinician and teacher. Elizabeth has helped thousands of patients start their families, manage chronic illness, lose weight, gain hormonal balance and overcome a range of unresolved health issues. The combination of Elizabeth’s education in science, nutrition, herbal and reproductive medicine along with her close work with a number of Sydney’s top Fertility Specialists has provided her with a unique perspective on hormonal and reproductive health.
38 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
Sugar And Fertility with Assoc Prof Louise Hull
Most of us know that too much sugar is generally not great for us. We shouldn't be eating too many cakes and lollies because it contributes to weight gain and inflammation. In this webinar, we look beyond the diet. Beyond the calories and find out what sugar is actually doing to our cells at a biological level and how that impacts our ability to conceive and carry a healthy baby. I speak with Associate Professor M. Louise Hull about her research into the impact of a high sugar diet on fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Associate Professor M. Louise Hull is a gynaecologist and reproductive medicine physician with a biomedical science background. She leads the Endometriosis Research Group at the Robinson Research Institute and the Implantation Special Interest Group for the Asia Pacific initiative for Reproductive Medicine (ASPIRE). Dr Hull works at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and in private practice at O and G in North Adelaide. Dr Hull’s practice focuses on improving fertility and early pregnancy outcomes for women with implantation problems. Recently she has explored the impact of disorders of glucose metabolism on implantation and miscarriage in clinical practice. Assoc Prof Hull co-founded the FertilitySA IVF unit and was their scientific and new developments director. She supervises PhD students, medical students, chairs the AGES grant committee, is deputy chair of the RANZCOG grant committee and was an Associate Editor for Human Reproduction. She is an International ambassador for the World Congress of Endometriosis. If you find this webinar useful and would like to take that next step in you fertility journey. You can book in for a free 15 minute consultation with me to find out more about your personal situation and how I can best help you. www.tashajennings.com.au
35 minutes | Jun 11, 2018
IVF Explained - with Prof Michael Chapman
In this podcast I speak with one of Australia’s most highly respected fertility specialists, Professor Michael Chapman Dr Chapman is the co-founder of IVF Australia. He is a busy clinician who has personally been involved in fertility care resulting in over 3000 pregnancies. His academic position enables him to be at the forefront of new advances in treatment which he applies in his practice at the earliest opportunity. He has a high public profile due to his tireless efforts to ensure access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for all Australians, as a vocal patient advocate and senior medical academic training practitioners of the future. Dr Chapman draws on his years of experience and research to give you the facts about IVF. How does it really work? What is involved? How long does it take? What can I expect? What about needles and hormones? What medical advances should I know about? What are my options? All these questions and more are answered in this informative podcast.
39 minutes | May 21, 2018
Fertility and the Immune System - with Professor Sarah Robertson
In this informative episode I speak with Professor Sarah Robertson, Director of the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute and Head of the Reproductive Immunology research group about her fascinating research into fertility and the immune system. We discuss the role of the immune system in successful reproductive outcomes as well as the contentious issue of natural killer cells and why current popular treatment may do more harm than good! You will also learn way’s you can support healthy immune function to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy . Professor Robertson is known internationally for innovative research in reproductive immunology that has formed the basis for a new understanding of the origins of health at conception. She has identified specific cytokines and immune cells that regulate embryo implantation and fetal development, and has demonstrated that male seminal fluid acts to induce adaptations in the female immune response that promote receptivity to pregnancy. Her work shows that the immune system channels environmental signals from both female and male parents to contribute to reproductive success and shape offspring phenotype through non-genomic pathways. These discoveries are improving practise in reproductive medicine and providing insight into early life origins of child health. Her work is funded by the NHMRC, the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Global Alliance for Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth / Gates Foundation.
44 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
Finding Meaning in Infertility
What an amazing discussion. It was such a pleasure to speak with Jessica Hepburn, one of the leading patient voices on fertility, infertility and assisted conception. Jessica has also just been named Woman of the Week in Stylist Magazines Visible Woman Series. A year long celebration of women who are making a difference to society. Jessica joined us live from London and shared her very personal journey through infertility, miscarriage and IVF to becoming an author and founder of the worlds first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, modern families and the science of making babies, Fertility Fest. Fertility Fest is a week-long programme of events, entertainment, discussion, debate, support and solidarity from Tuesday 8th May to Sunday 13th of May at London's Bush Theatre. We also got a hint that Fertility Fest may be coming to Australia! Here's hoping! I hope you enjoy this inspiring discussion.
31 minutes | Feb 9, 2018
Overcoming Endometriosis with Leah Hectman
In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast I discuss one of the most common conditions affecting women’s reproductive health. Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a complex condition and medical treatments are limited. This is where natural medicine comes in. There are many factors involved in endometriosis, which can be successfully treated and overcome to reduce symptoms and improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes. In this episode I discuss these factors, diagnostic tests and natural treatment strategies with renowned Naturopath Leah Hechtman. Leah is an experienced and respected clinician and has been in practice for over 20 years. She specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women. Her primary passion is her clinical practice where she is inspired and humbled by her patients. Leah has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine). She is a keynote speaker at major conferences across Australia and internationally, an author and educator to her peers. Leah is also the Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney; and mother to two gorgeous boys.
31 minutes | Jan 11, 2018
Embryo Freezing - Your Rights And Options
In this Conceive Baby discussion we talk about quite a controversial topic in the fertility field. A topic that’s received significant media attention, which has raising many questions and concerns from those going through or considering IVF treatment. Embryo freezing. Specifically what your options and rights are if you have ‘spare’ embryos. There have been many concerning reports of embryos being 'stolen' and families torn apart. Here we get the facts you need to know. I two experts in the field, Louise Johnson and Karin Hammarberg. Louise is the CEO for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), a position which she has held for past ten years. Louise oversees VARTA’s administration of aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 as well as its public education about assisted reproductive treatment, the health and welfare of children born as a result of treatment, and the causes and prevention of infertility. From 1st March 2017, VARTA took over management of the Victorian donor conception registers, providing a “one door in” approach to counselling support and information associated with donor conception and the donor registers. Louise is also spokesperson for the Your Fertility program which provides advice to people on ways to optimise their fertility. She has an Honours degree in science, postgraduate qualifications in education and management and a Masters in Regulatory Studies. Karin Hammarberg is Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and Senior Research Fellow at Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Population Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. Enjoy the discussion!
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