History of donor conception

Personal experiences

What were the early days of donor conception like in Victoria? Here is a snapshot of the experience of a counsellor and parent from the Royal Women's Hospital.

 

 

The Royal Women's Hospital

A health professional remembers

Jenny Blood was a social worker at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia during the 1980s and 90s where she counselled people involved with donor conception treatment at the hospital. 

 

Elizabeth, a parent of three donor-conceived adults born as a result of donor treatment in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, recounts her experience of early donor treatment and having donor-conceived children.

 

 

 

 

Historical documents

A selection of documents and records from the early days of donor conception in Victoria.

Sperm Donor Ad  Queen Victoria Hospital

Maritime Sperm Donor Ad  Queen Victoria Hospital

Archival brochure, patient card (page 1)

Archival brochure, patient card (page 2)

Archival brochure, patient card (page 3)

Archival brochure, patient card (page 4)

Letter, Ian Smith Audrins June 2008 

Non identifying information, Prince Henry's (page 1)

Non identifying information, Prince Henry's (page 2) Non identifying information, Prince Henry's (page 3)

Non identifying information, Prince Henry's (page 4)

Non identifying information, Prince Henry's (page 5)

 

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria