This is a heartfelt description of an IVF cycle which is destined to fail. Christiane writes about her experience of waiting to hear the outcome of her most recent embryo transfer, and learning that she has a negative pregnancy result.https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-ivf-warrior-a-letter-to-my-lost-embryo-20180216-h0w78w.html For those who haven't had to struggle to fall pregnant , the reaction of those in… Continue reading How does it feel to go through IVF?
The data around fertility rates has varied over the years, but the Medical Journal of Australia has just published new statistics on the chance of conception (using IVF) based on age - and for women aged over 40, the news is not great. Although these statistics aren't really much different from what most people who… Continue reading What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?
As a psychologist I frequently get asked if my job is hard or sad, and yes, sometimes it is, but one of the real highlights of my work is the donor conception counselling I do with lesbian couples planning to use altruistically donated semen. In the past few weeks I have met some really lovely… Continue reading Lesbian couples and family creation
If you have been trying to fall pregnant and are worrying that it is taking a little long, you might be wondering when it is "the right time" to speak to a doctor. For most heterosexual couples, where the woman is aged younger than 35 years and no known fertility issues, it is reasonable to… Continue reading Do you need to seek fertility help?
Have you been looking for resources to explain IVF, donor conception or surrogacy to your child? There is an ever growing number of really great story books for kids of all ages, about all aspects of fertility treatment, including 3rd party reproduction. Here is a new one designed for young children to explain surrogacy http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/pennys-pocket-tale-about-bringing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29
Did you now that this is Mental Health Week. Taking care of our mental and emotional wellbeing is always important, but this week there is a chance to ask ourselves "am I ok?" This is particularly important when we are going through the stress of infertility and its treatment, and also during the postpartum time.… Continue reading Mental Health Week 2016
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
For any family contemplating surrogacy, either at home or overseas, it is critical that due consideration be given to medical costs associated with the pregnancy, and postpartum care of the infant (particularly if there is premature delivery or postpartum complications). This complexity of this issue in the USA left my head spinning during my recent… Continue reading Hidden costs of cross-border surrogacy
Surrogacy in Canada has become an enormous industry in the past couple of years, and like Australia, only altruistic surrogacy is permitted. Unlike Australia however, there is quite generous "compensation" for surrogates, which exceeds the basic costs of undertaking the pregnancy. This article in the Toronto Star provides a quite in-depth examination of the pitfalls… Continue reading The risk of looking for loopholes in surrogacy legislation
For those who followed my Churchill Fellowship blog, there will be uncanny similarities between what I have been learning about Surrogacy in Cambodia and the information in this article published in The Hindu on Monday. Anyone choosing to seek 3rd party reproduction in Cambodia should be doing so with great caution and both eyes wide,… Continue reading Cambodia emerging as surrogacy hub