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 conceived… Continue reading Anonymous donor? Good luck!
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 the… Continue reading What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?
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 it… Continue reading I’ve Got Dibs!: A Donor Sibling Story
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
A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK. A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10 donor… Continue reading How many families could be created from 24 embryos
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 has… Continue reading Are you considering using a sperm donor?
On Saturday, I was very fortunate to be part of (and co-faciliating) VARTA's annual Time to Tell seminar for people building their family with the help of donors and surrogates. It was the first time I have had an opportunity to attend this amazing event, and it was an incredibly powerful and positive experience to… Continue reading VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar
As more and more people choose to become parents on their own using fertility treatment, it is great to see stories like this one hitting the mainstream media. A few weeks ago, SBS's excellent program Insight highlighted the experience of becoming a solo parent. The episode is available to watch here http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/solo-parents "This is absolutely Plan A.… Continue reading Solo parenting
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
Congratulations to the Donor Conception Network for the awesome work updating one of your fantastic resources about donor conception. These resources are clear and user friendly. And perhaps best of all, they are available online and are priced very reasonably. Here is a link to Olivia's blog (one of the cofounders of the Donor Conception… Continue reading Updated donor conception resources