Category Archives: Pregnancy

Sex and gender

This is based on a comment I made here. If you think the bodies are sexed (clearly true) and psyches are sexed (a bit murkier, but broadly true) then it is easy to get more than two genders. Male (male in body and psyche) Female (female in body and psyche) Third (body and psyche don’t match). Plenty of human […]

Wrongful birth – claiming for a disabled child

In The Age today there’s an article about a couple with a severely disabled child suing an IVF practitioner in negligence: Debbie and Lawrence Waller love their 11-year-old son, Keeden, but they believe he should never have been born. Just days after Mrs Waller gave birth in August 2000 following IVF treatment, Keeden suffered a […]

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Miss Candy recommended I should read Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, as she thought I should enjoy it. She was right. I like behavioural economics. I like to know the strange things which influence our decision making and the way in which we value certain things. Thus far, one of the most interesting experiments detailed in […]

Right to choose gender of a child

A Victorian couple with three sons are asking VCAT to allow them to select the gender of their next child. The couple are desperate for a girl after they had a baby girl who died a few days after birth. The Herald Sun reports: [The couple] are asking the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to […]

Queensland abortion couple not guilty

Oh dear, I really must have a perverse desire to start Threads o’ Doom this week – first rape and sexual assault, now a post about abortion. Anyway, in news just in, a Cairns couple have been found not guilty of attempting to procure an abortion. The couple, Tegan Leach and Sergie Brennan, found out […]

MONDAY FUNNIES: Selective Termination

A prominent US abortion doctor has been shot dead at a church in the city of Wichita, Kansas. Dr George Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US. The gunman fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody. US […]

Being Supermum

Having just given birth to my second child 8 weeks ago, I know it’s not easy to bounce back afterwards. When I was about 36 weeks pregnant, I was sitting in the gynaecologist’s waiting room, reading one of those trashy magazines. There was a story entitled, “How these celebs got their post-baby bodies back immediately.” […]

Female lawyers first victims of downturn

According to the President of the Australian Women Lawyers, it is more likely that female lawyers will become victims of the economic downturn than male lawyers: As we find ourselves in difficult economic times, with law firms retrenching staff, it is an unfortunate fact that the people at the lower end of the seniority spectrum […]

Feeling Fat and Frustrated…

It’s a perk of blogging that I get a platform to whinge. I’ve suddenly reached That Point in my pregnancy. That point of Feeling Fat and Frustrated. You swim along on a tide of hormones, feeling muzzy and happy, but then suddenly you reach the end of your tether. I’m so enormous at the moment […]

Maternity leave

The law firm for which I worked when I had my daughter did not have paid maternity leave unless you were a partner. As far as I know, only one woman ever met that hurdle. It is a really short-sighted position to take when you are a profitable business with a pretty good turnover. I […]