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Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

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A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

Queensland health minister promises $2m annual investment in continuous care maternity model

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

MOTHERS and leaders pushing for better maternity care in Logan have claimed a victory after the Queensland government promised a $2m annual investment to community-based care. Health minister Cameron Dick announced on May 25 that the investment would fund six new midwives for community-based antenatal and postnatal care to Logan women. The midwives will be based in community maternity hubs, ... Read More »

Community leaders propose continuous care model to improve maternity care in Logan

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

PREGNANCY is supposed to be a precious time for new mums but, for Logan woman Emma Nelson, it means avoiding hospitals and doctors’ appointments. The 24-year-old mother of two is expecting a third child in August, but a negative experience during her second pregnancy has left her tending to avoid the health system. Diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with ... Read More »

Mater hospital to give round-the-clock care for pregnant mothers until six weeks after birth

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MATER Mothers’ Hospital has opened Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7 pregnancy centre to care for women with complications from the start of pregnancy through until six weeks after birth. In Australia, as many as one in four women expecting a baby experience complications early in pregnancy – from conception to 20 weeks gestation. Most women in this situation attend emergency departments ... Read More »

Catholic ethicist says some fertility clinics misleading desperate couples with false IVF success rates

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CONCERNS have been raised by a leading Catholic ethicist that some of Australia’s major IVF clinics have been misleading couples with information about success rates. Queensland priest Fr Kevin McGovern, emeritus director at the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, Melbourne, described as “deceitful” how some IVF clinics presented figures on their websites “to create the impression that the chance ... Read More »

Is having a child through IVF in your sixties responsible parenting?

FURORE has erupted in medical circles, after a 63-year-old woman gave birth to an in vitro fertilisation baby, officially becoming Australia’s oldest new mum. The Tasmanian woman underwent IVF treatment, and gave birth to a daughter in a Melbourne private hospital on August 1. Several leading doctors have questioned whether her decision to go ahead with later-life IVF treatment represented ... Read More »

Death on the cusp of life: A litany of concerns with late-term abortions

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QUEENSLAND politicians were in the middle of debating changes to the state’s abortion laws when figures on the rate of live-birth abortions surfaced. Health Minister Cameron Dick released figures recently on the number of late-term abortions where babies survived, but were not given care. The figures showed 27 babies were born alive following an abortion procedure in 2015. The total ... Read More »

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