For many people, it seems incredible to imagine that a woman can be a gestational surrogate - that she is able to carry the pregnancy to term, tolerate the morning sickness, interrupted sleep, aches and pains etc, and then after 9 months, voluntarily hand that baby over to another person/couple. But a significant number of… Continue reading What’s it really like to be a surrogate?
This provides an incredibly interesting perspective for the future of anonymity in donor conception. Anyone contemplating either becoming a donor, or having a child via donor conception, who believes that donor conceived people can (or should) be kept "in the dark" about their biological identity should consider the implications of genetic testing in the broader… Continue reading Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community
Many of us focus heavily on weight loss as a goal - but there is debate over whether or not this is the best way to be thinking. An increasing number of experts are now encouraging a focus on health, rather than weight. This article from the ABC describes more on what we… Continue reading Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?
If you have been thinking about moving more or getting fitter (maybe it was one of those New Year Resolutions?) maybe this little video will help provide just that bit more incentive to getting started. The benefits of exercise are enormous - for your body and your mind! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBUjOY12gJA
The Donor Conception Network has been going strong for an incredible 25 years – congratulations for 1/4 century of amazing information and support for donor conceived families
January is over and I find it hard to believe that I have not blogged for many weeks. A virus that wouldn’t shift blocked my capacity to think for much of that time but now that my energy is returning it really is time to celebrate 2018 as the 25th Anniversary of the Donor Conception Network.
Back in 1992 an article appeared in The Times about a story book for young children called My Story. Walter and I could hardly believe what we were reading. A book that we could read to our children to help explain to them about being conceived with the help of a sperm donor! We contacted Dr. Sheila Cooke from the Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield to ask how we could get hold of the book and also to offer ourselves in any research that was being undertaken into DC families (although sperm donation…
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New Year Resolutions are tough to maintain aren't they? Most of us have already "dropped the ball" on the promises we make ourselves by the end of January. And most of us then blame ourselves for poor willpower etc. But is that really the reason it's so hard to keep the promises we make ourselves?… Continue reading How are you going with those New year resolutions?
I have just checked to see who has been visiting the Queensland Family and Fertility Support website this year and was so excited to see the massive breadth of people who have been accessing the blog - it really makes all the time and effort that goes into something like this worthwhile. I thought I… Continue reading Visitors from all over the world
Most of us now accept that women definitely have a biological clock and female fertility is not finite. But did you know, that male fertility ALSO declines with age? This article explains http://www.sciencealert.com/men-experience-their-own-biological-clock-ivf-study-shows
Have you been thinking of applying for a Churchill Fellowship? Would you like to come along and hear what the recently returned Fellows discovered as a result of their Fellowships? Come join us at this year's Churchill Fellowship Queensland Association Medallion Award night! It's great night of food and wine, hosted at the Queensland State… Continue reading Churchill Fellowship Medallion Award night
More and more Australians are seeking to fund their medical care, including IVF, by accessing superannuation. I wonder what this will mean when the current generation reaches retirement age? http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/thousands-of-queenslanders-given-early-access-to-superannuation-on-medical-compassionate-grounds/news-story/83c85ea9a9de456a87bffed49cb3bfd4