Personal stories

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Published: November 2015
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

A donor's wife's perspective

I have always known that my husband was a sperm donor while at university in the 70s.

It was undertaken on a strictly confidential basis and over the years we really did not give it much of a thought.

All this changed when my husband saw an advertisement in a National newspaper announcing that sperm donor children now had the right to find out who their biological fathers were and asked for people to come forward if they felt they wanted to assist in this process.

Published: January 2019
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

A mother reflects on her experience of donor treatment in the late 1970S and early 1980s

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.

 

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Graham and Kelly’s story of donor linking and advice to others

Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago once they both expressed interest in finding out information about their donor/offspring. They were matched with the help of VARTA. In this video, they share their story of how they linked, and explain their relationship today.


Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago with the help of VARTA. They share their advice to others who wish to link with their donor or offspring.

Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Hayley Smith - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

Hayley Smith, a donor-conceived woman shares her experiences of finding her donor through DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Lived experiences of donor linking

A panel of donors, recipient parents and donor-conceived people share their stories of donor linking at the VARTA's 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' event on 19 May 2016.

Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Prof Daniel Roos - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Professor Daniel Roos, shares his experience as sperm donor who was contacted by his donor offspring as a result of DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.
 
 
Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Rose Overberg - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Rose Overberg, a donor-conceived woman shares her experience of locating her donor via DNA testing at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

 

Author: The Sensible Films
Published: August 2015
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Sperm Donors Anonymous

Following are extracts from 'Sperm Donor Anonymous' an ABC documentary about the effects of anonymous sperm donation on donor-conceived children, their families and on the sperm donors themselves.  



Published: March 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

 

Elizabeth, mother of three donor-conceived children, talks about how she told her adult children of their conception.

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Published: March 2017
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

We were sperm donors

Headline: We were sperm donors

Read Carolyn's story about her experiences as a donor's wife.

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