Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decidedContinue reading “Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor”

How many families could be created from 24 embryos

A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK.  A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10  donorContinue reading “How many families could be created from 24 embryos”

Visitors from all over the world

I have just checked to see who has been visiting the Queensland Family and Fertility Support website this year and was so excited to see the massive breadth of people who have been accessing the blog – it really makes all the time and effort that goes into something like this worthwhile.  I thought IContinue reading “Visitors from all over the world”

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor.  The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she hasContinue reading “Are you considering using a sperm donor?”

Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy

Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists. We became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of fetal abnormality. This website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have beenContinue reading “Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy”

What happens after?

I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven’t really said much about what it is like AFTER… when everything is “supposed” to return to “normal”.  For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning toContinue reading “What happens after?”

Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents

This is a genuine domestic surrogacy nightmare, and really highlights the importance of all parties receiving high quality counselling and legal advice and completely understanding the implications of undertaking a surrogacy arrangement,  LONG before they commence a surrogacy agreement.  Ultimately, the outcome of this situation will be adverse for the child who has been bornContinue reading “Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents”

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Have you experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety during your pregnancy? Postnatal depression has gradually become more recognised in our society, but unfortunately, most people still don’t realise that women can be paralysed by these symptoms even before the baby is born.  And new research suggests that antenatal symptoms may represent the most severe forContinue reading “Depression and anxiety during pregnancy”

Have you liked our Facebook page?

If you value the blogs here, perhaps you would like to visit my Facebook pages containing even more posts and insights related to everything psychology and perinatal https://www.facebook.com/familyandfertilitysupport/ and more specifically, information related to receiving a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy https://www.facebook.com/Abnormal-Pregnancy-Decision-Support-Australia-1929996853937509/  

Cross border surrogacy

Implications of the recent interpretation of who is a “parent” by the Australian Family Court in cross border surrogacy matters are starting to become more clear.  For this family, who were living in the USA at the time that they engaged in a surrogacy arrangement,  the parents are Australian citizens (and therefore can only liveContinue reading “Cross border surrogacy”