Personal stories

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Donor conception

Family storybook: "Dear Rosie"

Adam shows the film he and his wife, Rebecca made to explain how their journey to meet their daughter Rosie. They show the video not only to Rosie, but their family and friends too. This helps them all understand and connect with Rosie’s story. It includes footage of their clinic, the positive pregnancy test and follows Rebecca’s pregnancy and Rosie’s birth.

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Donor conception

Family storybook: "How did I get in there"

Brin describes herself as a “chronic scrap booker”. She has gathered information photos and mementos to document her twin boys’ beginnings. She also includes her son’s comments in the story e.g. “They were baby eggs not eating eggs!” She describes how her scrapbooks have been an easy way to tell the story and “We refer to it whenever they get confused.”

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Donor conception

Family storybook: "My special donor buddy"

Not only did Sandra make a digital journal for her daughter, Eloise, but she also made a book for her 5 year old donor’s daughter, Hayden, to explain her mother’s help. Hayden then told the story in her own words and drew pictures to match. They describe “how their family became Sandra’s special donor friends and how Eloise became my special donor buddy”

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Donor conception

Finding out as a teenager I was donor-conceived

Listen to Narelle talk about being a teenager and finding out she was donor-conceived.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Finding out you're pregnant

Dinah finds out she's pregnant after four years of IVF treatment.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

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.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

How the journey began

How the IVF journey began with Dinah and Ben.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

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Donor conception

How we became a family using donor sperm

Listen to Angie and Greg talk about how important it is to talk to children about how they became a family using donor sperm.

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Donor conception

Journey to parenthood using donated sperm

Listen to this three part series on Dianne's journey to parenthood as a single mother using donated sperm, talking to her children about donor conception and meeting her sperm donor, Adrian. 

"My first child is five and a half now and my second child is 20 months.  It wasn’t “so Mum who’s my Dad” type of question.  It was “other kids have Dads where’s mine? So it was up to me to say that she did have a Dad and explain to her that he didn’t live with us".



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