New resources are becoming available regularly for families to discuss fertility treatment, donor conception and surrogacy.  This list is unlikely to be exhaustive of all the resources available, and will never stop being “under construction” but might start to guide you to some of the books and websites available.  Please tell me about any favourites you have that I might have missed!

Books about conception/babies/family


The new Australian go-to book for parents wanting help with THAT talk …

It’s one of the most amazing stories ever told – and it’s true!

Funny, frank and embarrassment-free, THE AMAZING TRUE STORY OF HOW BABIES ARE MADE gives a fresh take on the incredible tale of where we all come from.


A family is a family is a family
by Sara O’Leary
illus. by Qin Leng
Language: English
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016. ©2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
ISBN: 9781554987948 ; 1554987946
Summary: “When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new b


To a loving family
by Dr Jayanthi Raman and Kausalya Raman
illus. by Lava Raman and Kausalya Raman
Language: English
CreateSpace, 2016.
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 1533023964 ; 9781533023964
Summary: Children are born and families are formed in a variety of unique and wonderful ways. This book features many ways that families can be created, to help children and young people gain understanding and celebrate diverse family life in the 21st century.

Books about surrogacy

penny's pocket

Penny’s Pocket: a tale about bringing a sibling home through gestational surrogacy
written and illus. by Elizabeth K. Hebl, M.D.
Language: English
Doctor Mom Books, 2017.
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 0692847723 ; 9780692847725 Summary: A tale of a family of o’possums who use a gestational surrogate to bring home their second child. This is a children’s book to help understand infertility and gestational surrogacy. It is intended for children under the age of 8.

Books about donor conception

donor 1

All you need is love: celebrating families of all shapes and sizes
by Shanni Collins
Language: English
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 1785922513 ; 9781785922510
Summary: All families come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all special when they love and respect each other. These rhyming stories are a celebration of the diversity of families and encourage inclusion and acceptance in a child’s relationships. By promoting diversity and understanding in family life and elsewhere, these stories support a positive approach to life at a young age, which fosters strong mental health and well-being. Each page is dedicated to a different family, with stories exploring adoption, fostering, disability, race, gender, and illness. Filled with humour and delightfully illustrated, children will love reading these stories with friends, family and in school again and again.

fertility 2

Our family, our story: an egg donation story
by Robyn Bowman
illus. by Gillian Mackie and Angus Mackie
Language: English
Fisher King Publishing, 2016.
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
ISBN: 1910406511 ; 9781910406519
Summary: Robyn was motivated to write this book when she and her husband were lucky enough to conceive their longed for baby through egg donation. Counselled to explain the process to children at an early age, she searched for a book with the idea that this could be part of his early reading material. His understanding of the concept would grow as he got older. Nothing was exactly what she wanted so she decided to write her own. The result is Our Family, Our Story, a simple, fun to read book which children can access from a very early age. It is an aid to parents who have been through egg-donation to help them develop their child’s understanding and sense of self-worth. It is child friendly, wonderfully illustrated and can be personalised.

 Planning a Surrogacy

Domestic surrogacy arrangement legal checklist

Domestic surrogacy arrangement legal checklist

For people considering surrogacy, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to anticipate. Before entering into any surrogacy arrangement within Australia, there are key questions that each person should ask to avoid legal uncertainty and possible missteps. VARTA, in collaboration with Kellehers Australia, has compiled a legal checklist resource which should be essential reading for anyone contemplating a surrogacy arrangement. These checklists are modifications of the checklists devised and created by Kellehers Australia.

Please note: This legal checklist does not constitute legal advice.



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