donor conception, fertility, In the news, LGBTI Parenting, surrogacy

Rainbow family creation

The longer I work in the world of donor conception and surrogacy, the more and more versions of family I get to see. A favourite part of my job is meeting people who would have never been able to have children and build their family, without the help of third party reproduction.  I love that in… Continue reading Rainbow family creation

fertility, fertility preservation, In the news, Uncategorized

Egg freezing – facts vs fiction

Egg freezing really is being seen by many women as their "fertility guarantee". This article smashes some of the big myths surrounding  egg freezing, but I think the 2 main things to remember are: if you are going to preserve your eggs, try to do it before turning 35, and remember - it isn't really… Continue reading Egg freezing – facts vs fiction

fertility, In the news, mental health

The impact of fertility treatment on relationships

Those who have been down the infertility treatment path will know the impact that this treatment can have on relationships - at a physical, emotional and sexual level. This article provides some a really good insights into  the potential impacts on relationships for those negotiating the ups... and downs.... of assisted reproduction.  Recognising that things are… Continue reading The impact of fertility treatment on relationships

In the news, surrogacy, surrogacy project

Surrogacy and Child welfare

I was curious to read this article https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2016/dec/14/what-social-workers-need-to-know-about-surrogacy published this week  about surrogacy in the UK.  I was initially rather confronted by the tone of the article - it came across as rather "anti-surrogacy". Having had a second read though, I can more clearly see the concern expressed by the author about the genuine risks associated with surrogacy... when… Continue reading Surrogacy and Child welfare

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2016 Reflections

A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn't yet know.  Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown - 12 days until departure).  For most of this year,… Continue reading 2016 Reflections

fertility, mental health, mental illness

Infertility and psychological distress

I have just seen this article (published in July 2016's Fertility and Sterility) which describes the level of distress still being experienced by families undertaking fertility treatment.  http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-infertility-patients-mental-health-problems.html It really looks like we are letting families down, as they progress through treatment with the goal of starting or extending heir families. The study, which followed patients… Continue reading Infertility and psychological distress

fertility, grief, mental health

When grief doesn’t end

This is a really beautiful article describing the experience of "complicated grief".  As the article explains:  “Complicated grief is like a wound that doesn’t heal and can follow the loss of any close relationship. The risk of complicated grief is greatest — 10 percent to 20 percent — among those who lose a romantic partner… Continue reading When grief doesn’t end

fertility, In the news

ACCC puts IVF clinics “on notice”

Misleading reporting of success rates has been a problem which has plagued the IVF industry for a long, long time.  The ACCC has now stepped in and put fertility clinics "on notice" regarding false or misleading treatment outcome claims.  Although I am doubtful that this will be enough to completely extinguish poor behaviour by those… Continue reading ACCC puts IVF clinics “on notice”

donor conception, fertility

The experience of using an egg donor

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

In the news, surrogacy, Uncategorized

Cambodia bans surrogacy pregnancy

The Cambodian Ministry of Health has today announced that surrogacy pregnancy is now banned in that country.  The Ministry has also banned a range of other procedures including sperm donation.  It remains unclear whether surrogacy providers will be granted a grace period to put in place alternative arrangements, or what the implications are for surrogacy arrangements… Continue reading Cambodia bans surrogacy pregnancy