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?”

Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient’s obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering theirContinue reading “Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care”

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

Choosing your surrogate

I rather like this short but useful guide to choosing a surrogate https://www.gayswithkids.com/7-tips-for-gay-men-to-consider-when-choosing-your-gestational-carrier-2465988294.html  It was specifically written for gay men, but most of the points apply just as well to heterosexual couples and single women choosing a gestational carrier.  I actually like the final point best of all… “Make sure you genuinely like your carrierContinue reading “Choosing your surrogate”

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?”

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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/