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.
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
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
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
Have you been wondering what the process is for surrogacy in Australia? This short video with ANZICA counsellor Katrina and repeat altruistic surrogate Rachel really helps explain the process for altruistic surrogacy in Australia.https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-daily-edition/video/watch/35694649/non-compensation-surrogacy-explained/#page1
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
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
The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories - the child, the mum and the surrogate. I have… Continue reading Positive surrogacy perspectives
This resource has been around for a little while now, but it doesn't stop it being incredibly helpful for anyone exploring the option of undertaking a domestic surrogacy arrangement. This checklist really helps you to consider the legal issues of any surrogacy arrangement to be undertaken at home - it certainly doesn't replace legal advice,… Continue reading Surrogacy legal checklist