Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance

I have just come across this document published by The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) which outlines some really fabulous hints and tips for getting the most out of your fertility care.  The document has been put together by some of world leaders in psychosocial fertility support, and it shows – theContinue reading “Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance”

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?”

Domestic surrogate experience

The woman in this story chose to talk about her experience of being an altruistic surrogate because she really wanted Australian women who were contemplating undertaking a surrogacy to understand what they were signing up for.  The article was published a little while ago in Vogue magazine, so this is a scanned pdf and apologiesContinue reading “Domestic surrogate experience”

Domestic surrogacy explained

Have you been wondering what the process is for surrogacy in Australia?  This short video with ANZICA counsellor Katrina and repeat altruistic surrogate Rachel really helps explain the process for altruistic surrogacy in Australia.https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-daily-edition/video/watch/35694649/non-compensation-surrogacy-explained/#page1

Positive surrogacy perspectives

The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories – the child, the mum and the surrogate.  I haveContinue reading “Positive surrogacy perspectives”

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”

LGBTI parenting

I had such a great evening tonight presenting alongside Dr Andrew Davidson (from Rainbow Fertility) and Stephen Page (from Harrington Family Lawyers) on some of the issues to be considered for LGBTI people embarking o family creation.  So lovely meeting so many wonderful people looking at becoming parents. Just reminds me again how discriminatory ourContinue reading “LGBTI parenting”

Surrogacy gone wrong

This UK court decision to grant the surrogate ongoing parental rights to the children born through gestational surrogacy highlights an arrangement where the conditions were wrong from the beginning.  If you are considering surrogacy, take care, accept advice and ensure that all parties genuinely understand what the expectations of the arrangement are. http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_817664.asp

The (overly) complex world of domestic surrogacy

This article from the weekend West Australian newspaper discusses the complexity of domestic surrogacy, and how this is serving as a disincentive for people to find a surrogate within Australia. In my view it is complete madness to create a system which actually makes people view cross border surrogacy as being the easiest choice, andContinue reading “The (overly) complex world of domestic surrogacy”

Resources for children to explain fertility treatment

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