Pathway to parenthood: all you need to know about starting a family and genetics

June 10, 2020 by J-Wire
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Following on from a successful ‘Fertility during a Pandemic’ online webinar earlier this month, the Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) will be hosting a two-part online series for couples who are considering starting a family soon or trying to get pregnant.

These sessions, which begin this Sunday evening, include a line up of expert speakers from Genea, IVF Australia and Prince of Wales Hospital covering preconception genetics, fertility tips (for both males and females), and options if things don’t quite go according to plan.

Creating a baby can take more than a honeymoon. This is an opportunity for couples to get up to the minute information about the optimum timing for conception, which supplements to take, lifestyle factors that influence healthy conception and when to seek help. 

Genetics experts will also be explaining more about Mackenzie’s Mission for those thinking about having a baby. This government-funded study will give couples information about their likelihood of having a child with a severely debilitating and/or life-limiting genetic condition. With a higher prevalence of certain genetic diseases within the Jewish community, this is an essential part of family planning. 

This series is proudly presented by the Australian Jewish Fertility Network and the Friends of Wolper.

Sunday 14 June: Part 1 – Healthy Parents, Healthy Offspring

Dr Debra Kennedy, Clinical Geneticist, IVF Australia: Health for Fertility

Dr Lesley Andrews Head of Hereditary Cancer Clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital:  Unzipping your genes – the essentials of preconception genetic planning for Jewish couples.

 

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