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What should you expect from your fertility clinic?

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?

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Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance

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

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Transgender kids

This is the most beautiful story of a family adjusting to their son becoming their daughter.  The world is often intolerant of transgender people - perhaps as a result of fear or understanding, but I think that this video explains the transgender experience simply, and respectfully. https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10155229343610659/ Watching my son become my daughter.

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Time to Tell Seminar – early bird bookings open now!

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

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Overdue for a donor register in Queensland

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

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Domestic surrogacy explained

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

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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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LGBTI parenting

I had such a great evening tonight presenting alongside Dr Andrew Davidson (from Rainbow Fertility) and Stephen Page (from Harrington Family Lawyers) on some of the issues to be considered for LGBTI people embarking o family creation.  So lovely meeting so many wonderful people looking at becoming parents. Just reminds me again how discriminatory our… Continue reading LGBTI parenting

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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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What rights do non-biological partners and donors have?

I just found this brief but well written article which examine the rights of non biological partners and donors in the world of third party reproduction.  It highlights some of the difficulties faced in more "complex" family structures such as when same sex-couples have a child with the help of a donor or friend, or two… Continue reading What rights do non-biological partners and donors have?