On Saturday, I was very fortunate to be part of (and co-faciliating) VARTA's annual Time to Tell seminar for people building their family with the help of donors and surrogates. It was the first time I have had an opportunity to attend this amazing event, and it was an incredibly powerful and positive experience to… Continue reading VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar
Although this story is from an American site (so the information is not completely relevant to the Australian context) I still feel that it gives a good perspective on some of the unexpected reactions that may occur for a woman who decides to become an egg donor. Remember that in Australia, there is NO paid/compensated… Continue reading The donor experience
As more and more people choose to become parents on their own using fertility treatment, it is great to see stories like this one hitting the mainstream media. A few weeks ago, SBS's excellent program Insight highlighted the experience of becoming a solo parent. The episode is available to watch here http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/solo-parents "This is absolutely Plan A.… Continue reading Solo parenting
After yesterday's post about recent research that has shown the children of solo mums do no worse than those raised in heterosexual couples, it seemed timely to let you know about this new book: Dream Come True, The story of a single woman conceiving via donor conception.
More and more single men and women are choosing to become parents alone, but this has raised questions at times about the potential harm to the children raised in these family unit. A new study is debunking these fears, finding that children brought up by a single mother do not suffer compared to those from… Continue reading The kids are all right
Yesterday I shared a list of tips of how to get the most from your fertility care, as suggested by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Today I would like to share another resource published by ESHRE which they view as the minimum standard of care you should expect to be getting… Continue reading What should you expect from your fertility clinic?
I have just come across this document published by The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) which outlines some really fabulous hints and tips for getting the most out of your fertility care. The document has been put together by some of world leaders in psychosocial fertility support, and it shows - the… Continue reading Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance
The data around fertility rates has varied over the years, but the Medical Journal of Australia has just published new statistics on the chance of conception (using IVF) based on age - and for women aged over 40, the news is not great. Although these statistics aren't really much different from what most people who… Continue reading What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?
These seminars are brilliant for families who have had a child through donor conception and might feel a little uncertain about how to start the "donor conversation" with their child. But sessions book out fast, so get in now if you are keen to attend! https://www.varta.org.au/events/2017-time-tell-seminar
For people conceived through egg, sperm or embryo donation in Queensland, there is still no central register which supports them to make linkages to their donors. This is particaulry important for people conceived prior to 2003 when the guidelines for donor treatment set by the Fertility Society of Australia finally required that donor disclosure be… Continue reading Overdue for a donor register in Queensland