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The articles below have been written by RRI members and published on The Conversation.

The Conversation: Planning a baby? A fertility app won’t necessarily tell you the best time to try

Fertility apps are becoming increasingly popular. From shutterstock.com Jessica Grieger, University of Adelaide and Robert Norman, University of Adelaide In years gone by, women would rely on the calendar on the wall to work out when their next menstrual cycle might occur. They would look to physical signs to tell them when they might be […]

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The Conversation: Miscarriages affect 1 in 6 pregnancies. We need better investigations and treatments

Louise Hull, University of Adelaide and Dee McCormack, University of Adelaide A miscarriage is a devastating event. Those who experience them are suddenly and unexpectedly robbed of the promise of new life and the dream of an expanded family. The emotional toll can be even greater if conception was delayed, or if fertility treatments were […]

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The Conversation: Considering using IVF to have a baby? Here’s what you need to know

Hannah Brown, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and Louise Hull, University of Adelaide If it’s not you, perhaps it’s someone you know. You don’t look infertile, you don’t feel infertile, but after many months (or years) of trying to start a family, followed by several months of monitoring your cycle in a fertility […]

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The Conversation: Five ways to reduce the risk of stillbirth

Up to half of stillbirths happen unexpectedly and a clear cause is never identified. from shutterstock.com Vicki Flenady, The University of Queensland; Adrienne Gordon, University of Sydney; Caroline Homer, Burnet Institute; David Ellwood, Griffith University; Jonathan Morris, University of Sydney, and Philippa Middleton, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute Six Australian babies are stillborn […]

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The Conversation: Tick-tock – for healthy mums and kids, dad’s age counts

It’s not just women who need to consider their age when planning a family. rawpixel Author: Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide Women are regularly reminded of their ticking biological clock. It turns out men should also pay attention to age when it comes to having a family. A new study published today in the British Medical […]

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The Conversation: Acupuncture during IVF doesn’t increase chances of having a baby

Caroline Smith, Western Sydney University and Robert Norman, University of Adelaide Acupuncture has become a frequently used treatment prior to and during in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Women hope it will increase their chances of having a baby, but also provide support with reducing stress, and feeling relaxed and well while undergoing treatment. Several small clinical trials […]

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The Conversation: Domperidone can boost breast milk supply – here’s what you need to know

Authors: Luke Grzeskowiak, Lisa Amir, La Trobe University, and Wendy Ingman. Breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants’ growth and development. But some women don’t produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed their baby. We don’t have good data on the proportion of women with breast milk supply issues, but it is a commonly […]

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The Conversation: Five ways to help parents cope with the trauma of stillbirth

Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth. from www.shutterstock.com Authors: Vicki Flenady, The University of Queensland; Aleena Wojcieszek, The University of Queensland; David Ellwood, Griffith University; Fran Boyle, The University of Queensland; Jonathan Morris, University of Sydney, and Philippa Middleton, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute […]

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The Conversation: How childhood trauma changes our hormones, and thus our mental health, into adulthood

Authors: Sarah Baracz and Femke Buisman-Pijlman Early life trauma can affect our hormone systems for the rest of our lives. from www.shutterstock.com Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Cases of childhood maltreatment are more common than reported; conservative estimates show over 45,000 […]

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The Conversation: Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Author: Claire Roberts Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast. While this is an interesting and well-done study, the researchers didn’t actually give vitamin B3 to any humans, so we need a lot […]

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