Personal stories

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Life after IVF treatment

IVF treatment brings dreams and hopes for children. But, as we've discovered, these hopes are not always fulfilled and couples must confront a future without children .

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.

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Donor conception

Meeting your donor / donor-conceived person

Riley and his donor, Roger, talk about what it was like to meet each other.

Donor conception

Meeting your donor parent

Listen to interview: Meeting your donor parent - Richard Stubbs, 774 radio

If you always knew that you had been conceived with the help of a donor, would you want to meet that donor? That was the question for Riley who decided when he was 18 that he did indeed want to meet his donor Roger.

 

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Surrogacy

Mother and son talk surrogacy

Karen and her son Matt speak about surrogacy at VARTA's Time to Tell Seminar.  Surrogacy was not permitted years ago in Australia so Karen and her husband needed to travel to the US.  Through a surrogacy agency they found a surrogate who remains a friend.  Matt has grown up knowing her and the reasons why she carried him for his parents.  He says, 'I'm glad it was never a sercret... everyone has a right to know who they are and where they come from.

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Donor conception

My decision to be an egg donor

Listen to Kylie talk about her decision to donate her eggs to a couple.

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Donor conception

My experience finding out I was donor conceived

Kimberley shares with us her experience as a donor-conceived person and how it has impacted on her life.

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Donor conception

One sperm donor's personal story

Hello, my name is Ian. I am the biological father of nine children. Two of my offspring live with me and seven I have never met.

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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.

 

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