Anonymous donor? Good luck!

When I first started as a fertility counselling, it was still possible to be an anonymous sperm donor.  A couple of years later, the Australian guidelines for fertility treatment (including donor conception) changed, and true anonymity was no longer possible. More recently, some Australian states have changed their legislation to permit access for donor conceivedContinue reading “Anonymous donor? Good luck!”

Resources for donor conceived kids

  Here is another great resource for young donor conceived kids.  Research very strongly demonstrates the benefits of open disclosure for donor conceived children – and really, the sooner we start speaking to our kids about how our families are created, the easier it is!http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/how-we-made-you-by-mummy-mama-lgbt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DonorOffspringBooksForChildren+%28Donor+Offspring+%3A+Books+for+Children%29

Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decidedContinue reading “Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor”

How many families could be created from 24 embryos

A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK.  A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10  donorContinue reading “How many families could be created from 24 embryos”

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor.  The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she hasContinue reading “Are you considering using a sperm donor?”

VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar

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 toContinue reading “VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar”

Solo parenting

As more and more people choose to become parents on their own using fertility treatment, it is great to see stories like this one hitting the mainstream media.  A few weeks ago, SBS’s excellent program Insight highlighted the experience of becoming a solo parent.  The episode is available to watch here http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/solo-parents “This is absolutely Plan A.Continue reading “Solo parenting”

Time to Tell Seminar – early bird bookings open now!

These seminars are brilliant for families who have had a child through donor conception and might feel a little uncertain about how to start the “donor conversation” with their child.  But sessions book out fast, so get in now if you are keen to attend! https://www.varta.org.au/events/2017-time-tell-seminar

Updated donor conception resources

Congratulations to the Donor Conception Network for the awesome work updating one of your fantastic resources about donor conception.  These resources are clear and user friendly. And perhaps best of all, they are available online and are priced very reasonably.  Here is a link to Olivia’s blog (one of the cofounders of the Donor ConceptionContinue reading “Updated donor conception resources”

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”