Solo mums and donor conception

I have been meeting more and more women deciding to have children on their own, using either IUI or IVF and accessing altruistically donated semen (generally through a clinic or sperm bank).  This is a reasonably straightforward process (at least in Queensland, where I live and work) from a medical perspective, but solo parenting undoubtablyContinue reading “Solo mums and donor conception”

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 thoseContinue reading “ACCC puts IVF clinics “on notice””

Hidden costs of cross-border surrogacy

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 recentContinue reading “Hidden costs of cross-border surrogacy”

Cambodia emerging as surrogacy hub

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”

“The Happiness Jar”

One of my beautiful clients recently introduced me to a website she had found called www.stillmothers.com. She has had some really tough times over the past few years and I have had the absolute honour of spending time with her as she has talked through (at various times) her joy, fear, pain, loss and grief. TonightContinue reading ““The Happiness Jar””

“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

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/

Parents ignoring SIDS guidelines to avoid “flat head syndrome”

“One of the most common challenges facing new parents is the many pieces of health advice they receive. And a new study from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney has identified one area where conflicting advice may be putting their children at risk.” This article provides an interesting examination ofContinue reading “Parents ignoring SIDS guidelines to avoid “flat head syndrome””