Who are the surrogacy IPs?

Surrogacy is no-one’s first choice to having a family. It can be a tough long road, and also often really expensive.  This young couple have an all-too-familiar story of why they are seeking a surrogate – I wish them all the luck in the world to find a woman who can help them! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3805927/Uterine-cancer-victim-searches-surrogate-mother.html

How Old is Too Old?

I have posted a few times about the potential for modern fertility treatment to raise the age at which people can become parents, and wondered what this might mean for future children. I have just watched last night’s Insight episode (SBS Australia) to see what perspectives are shared regarding Older Parents.  Interesting stuff, with the perspectivesContinue reading “How Old is Too Old?”

“More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation”

“More and more Australian women are having children via sperm donation, with the demand from single women doubling in the past five years.”  This SBS program explores the international 3rd party reproduction industry, but it is absolutely critical to gain implications counselling from an experienced fertility counsellor before embarking on this form of family creationContinue reading ““More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation””

Wonderful story of altruistic domestic surrogacy

I just love this gorgeous story of surrogacy done well.  Congratulations to everyone involved!  Read the story online at Daily Life http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/parenting-and-families/love-child-a-surrogates-story-20160621-gpnzca.html

What do you really know about your donor?

“Is my donor being truthful in their self-description?” “How can I REALLY know who my donor is?” These are very real concerns for families selecting anonymously donated eggs,sperm and embryos (particularly from the large egg or sperm banks).  This article describes the experiences of some families who really didn’t get what they thought they hadContinue reading “What do you really know about your donor?”

Aussies raiding superannuation millions to pay for IVF

I have noticed an increasing trend toward this amongst my clients, and today saw this article in The Age describing the growing number of Australians using their superannuation to pay for fertility treatment.  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/aussies-raiding-superannuation-millions-to-pay-for-ivf-20160825-gr0s6y.html “”It wasn’t that nagging voice in the back of her mind speaking this time. It was a doctor. He was saying thatContinue reading “Aussies raiding superannuation millions to pay for IVF”

A major breakthrough in infertility treatment by Australian researchers

New  Australian research might lead to cheaper and less invasive fertility treatment options for women who are struggling to become pregnant, especially those with conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome. The innovative technique, which builds on an existing treatment called in-vitro maturation (IVM), uses significantly less hormone drugs than IVF and thus greatly reduces the risk of medicalContinue reading “A major breakthrough in infertility treatment by Australian researchers”

“A Fertility App Is a Helpful Assistant, Not a Complete Solution”

These days wee rely on apps for seemingly everything, and fertility tracking apps are no exception.  This article raises some important points to consider if you are hoping to rely on a fertility app to help achieve a pregnancy. http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/08/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-a-fertility-app-to-try-to-get-pregnant/

We all get stressed – here are some great tips for feeling better

The Australian Psychological Society has just released a great new website packed with info and advice and here is my article pick for today – simply strategies for managing stress. Enjoy 🙂https://psychlopaedia.org/top-tips/tips-manage-stress/

And one donor’s perspective

This blog provides quite a different view (and very much an American perspective – much of what she experienced simply wouldn’t occur within the Australian donor system) – but it does give cause to stop and think about some of how treatment proceeds for donorshttp://velamag.com/superdonor/