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?
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
Although this story is from an American site (so the information is not completely relevant to the Australian context) I still feel that it gives a good perspective on some of the unexpected reactions that may occur for a woman who decides to become an egg donor. Remember that in Australia, there is NO paid/compensated… Continue reading The donor experience
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
I just found this article examining various experiences of women who have become surrogates in Australia. The article is a couple of years old, but worth sharing here regardless http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/australian-surrogate-mothers-discuss-volunteering-to-carry-anothers-baby-20140911-10a931.html
I really like the series of videos about infertility on #hiddenfaces put together by fertilitynetworkuk. This video shares the experiences of a woman learning she will need to use an egg donor, and how she coped with becoming a mother through gamete donation https://youtu.be/TLdlx-uPwnA