Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?

Despite the 2016 legislative changes in Indian surrogacy, which have effectively prohibited foreigners from undertaking surrogacy arrangements in that country, it appears that little may have changed there, with some fertility centres still providing services illegally to foreign nationals, with the use of “surrogate houses”.  Putting aside the obvious ethical and social issues associated withContinue reading “Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?”

Lesbian couples and family creation

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 lovelyContinue reading “Lesbian couples and family creation”

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”

Surrogacy legal checklist

This resource has been around for a little while now, but it doesn’t stop it being incredibly helpful for anyone exploring the option of undertaking a domestic surrogacy arrangement.  This checklist really helps you to consider the legal issues of any surrogacy arrangement to be undertaken at home – it certainly doesn’t replace legal advice,Continue reading “Surrogacy legal checklist”

Who is most stressed? Married or single women?

Yep, you guessed it, married women with children are much more likely to be experiencing higher levels of stress than their single childless friends, but there are some simple things you can do about it.  This short article by the American Psychological Society gives the following tips: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/supermom.aspx Strategies to help mothers manage stress: Understand howContinue reading “Who is most stressed? Married or single women?”

Surviving the first year of motherhood

I really like this blog by Emma Lord, describing her tough start into motherhood.  I often have women ask me why “no-one tells you it will be this hard”… well… Emma tells you how hard it can be http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/birth/postnatal-depression/a-year-of-motherhood-my-survival-story-20161118-gsskcb?&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=social&eid=socialn%3Afac-14omn0583-optim-nnn%3Apaid-25%2F06%2F2014-social_traffic-all-postprom-nnn-ebaby-o&campaign_code=nocode&promote_channel=social_facebook

IVF and superannuation

The Courier Mail recently interviewed me about the increasing number of patients accessing their superannuation in order to pay for IVF.  Would you believe that last year, there were 13,476 applications from Australian patients wanting to access their superannuation on medical compassionate grounds (including fertility treatment? 34 per cent (4707) were from Queensland, resulting in 3359Continue reading “IVF and superannuation”

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””

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

Questions to ask your fertility doctor

I really like an article I just found which suggests 30 simple and sensible questions to put to your fertility specialist.  These questions help ensure you get the most out of your treatment and help you to remain an active part of the decision making process. Some patients worry about asking “too many” questions ofContinue reading “Questions to ask your fertility doctor”