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Pregnancy after child loss

Pregnancy after child loss

Pregnancy after child loss is hard. For both the Mum and Dad. So many moments are bitter sweet. For those who haven't experienced it, there is nothing simple about it. People saying 'relax, all will be fine, just enjoy it' have no idea. Seeing those two lines of a...

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Hospital Bag

Hospital Bag

One of my favourite parts of pregnancy is preparing for the birth. I am a lover of lists, planning and preparation so for me packing the hospital bags is heaven. I started buying for the hospital bag early on but I would suggest getting it ready in early third...

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Birth Hierarchy – Stop the judgement

Birth Hierarchy – Stop the judgement

A couple of days ago I had my hair done. This is the week of me running around doing all my maintenance appointments before bub comes. As I sat in the salon I heard a woman talking to my friend/hairdresser about birth, probably spurred on by seeing me waddling around...

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental health. A big topic. It can affect anyone, for any reason, at anytime. For me I believe I had general anxiety before Mackenzie, but since we lost her my 'reasons' for mental health issues have been expanded beyond I thought possible. Grief, IVF, trauma from her...

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Can I be a normal Mum?

Can I be a normal Mum?

I have suddenly realised over this past week that I am not a normal Mum. I wonder if I will ever be? Part of me wants to be, so I can feel a part of a community but part of me never wants to lose the perspective my little loves have given me. But right now I feel so...

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NIPT and AMNIOCENTESIS

NIPT and AMNIOCENTESIS

The NIPT/NIPS test came back low risk. A simple blood test confirmed what IVF genetic testing had told us - that our baby (who we have nicknamed Poppy whilst he or she is in me) does not have a chromosome condition. Poppy is healthy, at least for now. I can't even...

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We are pregnant!

We are pregnant!

We have news... we are pregnant! Our fourth transfer worked. Whilst we are excited of course we don't feel like we are pregnant. After what happened with Leo we know we won't actually be told if we have a healthy baby we can keep in our arms forever until 18 weeks....

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IVF Round Nine

IVF Round Nine

Round nine of IVF... I can't believe we are here. After losing Leo we were in shock. We couldn't possibly have imagined that our genetically tested embryo could come back as being affected by a severe chromosome condition...that the testing was wrong. That happens to...

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Rachael

Hi, I’m Rachael…

Author of the book Mackenzies Mision + Blogger + IVF Warrior + Activist Genetic Carrier Testing + Wife + Mum to Mackenzie + Bella + Leo + Hope

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Buy the book: Mackenzies Mission

Rachael and Jonathan were thrilled to welcome their baby Mackenzie into the world and to start their new lives as parents but then everything changed when Mackenzie was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

Mackenzie's Mission


Mackenzies Mission

After less than a year of campaigning, we achieved our goal! In the 2018-2019 Budget, the (then) Treasurer Scott Morrison announced $500 million for the Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission, $20 million of which was for Mackenzie’s Mission, a pilot program of carrier screening.

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