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Surrogacy

The surrogacy experience

Listen to this three part series covering an interview with Leanne (mother) and Antoinette (Leanne's mother and surrogate).

 "Surrogacy was our best option but we also knew that it wasn’t something that we could go and advertise to people and say, “Hey, we need someone to carry a child.”



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Donor conception

The value of having information about your donor

Brin found that as her kids reached 10 to 11 years of age they began to ask many questions about their donor. Unfortunately, as she had used an anonymous donor she can’t answer these. In retrospect she wishes she had used an identity-released donor and urges people considering donation to think about the normal questions their child is likely to ask and to use a donor whose identity can be known to the child.

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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.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

Headline: When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

 

In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm donation program. Now, more than 35 years later, Aaron has connected with two of his donor offspring and is seeking contact with others.

Published: July 2017
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

 

Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.

The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.

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