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Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community

This provides an incredibly interesting perspective for the future of anonymity in donor conception.  Anyone contemplating either becoming a donor, or having a child via donor conception, who believes that donor conceived people can (or should) be kept "in the dark" about their biological identity should consider the implications of genetic testing in the broader… Continue reading Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community

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There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just IVF

If you have been struggling to conceive, you may be starting to explore fertility treatment options.  Many people who start exploring assisted reproduction end up feeling overwhelmed and confused by all of the different assisted reproduction treatment (ART) options, and have lots of questions swirling through their mind: "What do all of the options mean?"… Continue reading There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just IVF

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More on the benefits of gratitude

I really like this article, which looks at the ongoing benefits of gratitude https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude. Gratitude is more than just "looking on the bright side": it is really a way to help refocus the way we examine the world we live in and the relationships we maintain. Being deliberately grateful can really help to maintain  psychological… Continue reading More on the benefits of gratitude

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What is AMH and what does it mean for me?

I seem to have spent a lot of time talking about AMH in the past couple of weeks. Some women who have discovered their AMH is a lot lower than they expected, and others who are just wondering if they should be getting their AMH checked. But what is AMH? Do you need yo know… Continue reading What is AMH and what does it mean for me?

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Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?

Many of us focus heavily on weight loss as a goal - but there is debate over whether or not this is the best way to be thinking.  An increasing number of experts are now encouraging a focus on health, rather than weight.     This article from the ABC describes more on what we… Continue reading Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?

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Transgender first: breastfeeding her own baby

This story is so amazing and wonderful: it is a real breakthrough for transgender people becoming parents.  Transgender Health has described how a 30-year-old transgender woman has been able to breastfeed her child, the first ever case of induced lactation in a transgender woman to be documented in academic literature.This article in The Guardian explains more https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/14/transgender-woman-breastfeed-health

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Perfectionism as a problem

Are you one of those people who pushes themselves endlessly towards achieving a perfect outcome at university or work?  Do you feel like your house has to be spotless, before you feel good enough?  Sometimes, just when you are getting close to achieving a goal, do you feel like you must have made the goal… Continue reading Perfectionism as a problem

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Happy 25th Birthday Donor Conception Network

The Donor Conception Network has been going strong for an incredible 25 years – congratulations for 1/4 century of amazing information and support for donor conceived families

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January is over and I find it hard to believe that I have not blogged for many weeks.  A virus that wouldn’t shift blocked my capacity to think for much of that time but now that my energy is returning it really is time to celebrate 2018 as the 25th Anniversary of the Donor Conception Network.

Back in 1992 an article appeared in The Times about a story book for young children called My Story.  Walter and I could hardly believe what we were reading.  A book that we could read to our children to help explain to them about being conceived with the help of a sperm donor!  We contacted Dr. Sheila Cooke from the Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield to ask how we could get hold of the book and also to offer ourselves in any research that was being undertaken into DC families (although sperm donation…

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Resources for donor conceived kids

  Here is another great resource for young donor conceived kids.  Research very strongly demonstrates the benefits of open disclosure for donor conceived children - and really, the sooner we start speaking to our kids about how our families are created, the easier it is!http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/how-we-made-you-by-mummy-mama-lgbt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29