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Updated donor conception resources

Congratulations to the Donor Conception Network for the awesome work updating one of your fantastic resources about donor conception.  These resources are clear and user friendly. And perhaps best of all, they are available online and are priced very reasonably.  Here is a link to Olivia's blog (one of the cofounders of the Donor Conception… Continue reading Updated donor conception resources

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Lesbian couples and family creation

As a psychologist I frequently get asked if my job is hard or sad, and yes, sometimes it is, but one of the real highlights of my work is the donor conception counselling I do with lesbian couples planning to use altruistically donated semen.  In the past few weeks I have met some really lovely… Continue reading Lesbian couples and family creation

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Solo mums and donor conception

I have been meeting more and more women deciding to have children on their own, using either IUI or IVF and accessing altruistically donated semen (generally through a clinic or sperm bank).  This is a reasonably straightforward process (at least in Queensland, where I live and work) from a medical perspective, but solo parenting undoubtably… Continue reading Solo mums and donor conception

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Families can sue sperm bank company for negligence

This recent USA case raises some incredibly important issues about the level of screening undertaken on potential egg and sperm donors, and the consequences for recipient families and children when the donor physical/medical/psychological screening is not done properly.  http://www.11alive.com/mb/news/local/investigations/judge-families-can-sue-ga-sperm-bank-company-for-negligence/426354700

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Single mums and donor conception

This is a really interesting perspective on single motherhood, from a woman who had her first child in a relationship that later failed, but was left feeling she wasn't "done" having kids.  She blogs about the decision making process required to have another child, outside of a relationship, and using a sperm donor. http://www.ellamentalmama.com/thinking-about-becoming-a-single-mum-by-choice/ When I… Continue reading Single mums and donor conception

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Resources for children to explain fertility treatment

Have you been looking for resources to explain IVF, donor conception or surrogacy to your child?  There is an ever growing number of really great story books for kids of all ages, about all aspects of fertility treatment, including 3rd party reproduction.  Here is a new one designed for young children to explain surrogacy http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/pennys-pocket-tale-about-bringing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29

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Rainbow family creation

The longer I work in the world of donor conception and surrogacy, the more and more versions of family I get to see. A favourite part of my job is meeting people who would have never been able to have children and build their family, without the help of third party reproduction.  I love that in… Continue reading Rainbow family creation

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IVF and superannuation

The Courier Mail recently interviewed me about the increasing number of patients accessing their superannuation in order to pay for IVF.  Would you believe that last year, there were 13,476 applications from Australian patients wanting to access their superannuation on medical compassionate grounds (including fertility treatment? 34 per cent (4707) were from Queensland, resulting in 3359… Continue reading IVF and superannuation

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The experience of using an egg donor

I really like the series of videos about infertility on #hiddenfaces put together by fertilitynetworkuk.  This video shares the experiences of a woman learning she will need to use an egg donor, and how she coped with becoming a mother through gamete donation https://youtu.be/TLdlx-uPwnA

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“More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation”

"More and more Australian women are having children via sperm donation, with the demand from single women doubling in the past five years."  This SBS program explores the international 3rd party reproduction industry, but it is absolutely critical to gain implications counselling from an experienced fertility counsellor before embarking on this form of family creation… Continue reading “More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation”