Anonymous donor? Good luck!

When I first started as a fertility counselling, it was still possible to be an anonymous sperm donor.  A couple of years later, the Australian guidelines for fertility treatment (including donor conception) changed, and true anonymity was no longer possible. More recently, some Australian states have changed their legislation to permit access for donor conceivedContinue reading “Anonymous donor? Good luck!”

What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?

Many potential mums who are considering family creation through oocyte (egg) donation fell quite anxious that they are no more than a “third wheel” to their future child – that biology might somehow “trump” motherhood.  Often when I am talking to these women, I mention the emerging field of epigenetics, which, put simple, is theContinue reading “What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?”

I’ve Got Dibs!: A Donor Sibling Story

I have kind of fallen in love with the slightly corny phrase of “diblings” that some people have started to use to describe their donor siblings.  For many donor conceived people, learning about and meeting the other child born from their donor is at least as important as meeting the donor themselves – and itContinue reading “I’ve Got Dibs!: A Donor Sibling Story”

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”

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

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

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”

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?”

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/