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Author: Ken Daniels, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
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Donor conception

Contact between the parties: what the research is beginning to tell us

Ken Daniels is Adjunct Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of assisted human reproduction for 35 years undertaking counselling, research and policy development. He has published over 140 papers and chapters in books. He is the author of the widely used book designed for parents and professionals, ‘Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination’.

Published: October 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy

Creating a family storybook

A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.

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

DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

Headline: DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

The increasing popularity of DNA ancestral testing such as 23andme and ancestry.com means that some people are finding out that they are not genetically connected with family members in the way that they may have thought. At the same time, there are those who have done DNA tests and found themselves matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.

Marjorie Solomon, Public Relations Officer
Author: Marjorie Solomon
Published: May 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Deciding what to do with unused embryos

Last week, VARTA’s CEO Louise Johnson and Senior Research Officer Dr Karin Hammarberg spoke to Penny Johnston at ABC Babytalk on the subject of what to do with unused embryos. The program was informative and sensitive to the complexity of this issue and is really worth a listen.

Louise and Karin discussed the difficulty many people face when contemplating what they should do once they have decided to end their IVF treatment – usually because they feel their family is complete. They talked about the options available to people, including:

Donor conception

Donor Conception Network (UK)

We are a supportive network of 1,850 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people.

Donor conception register services

Donor Conception Register Services

Supporting people who are donor-conceived, parents who have used a donor, donors and their families.

This brochure covers:

  • What is the Donor Conception Register Services?
  • Changes to Victorian law
  • Who can apply?
  • Options available 
  • Registers' process
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor Legacy Project

The Donor Legacy Project aims to provide resources that can assist donors to create and submit information to the Voluntary Register. We use the word ‘legacy’ in our title as we are aware that many donors are aging, may be unwell or unfortunate circumstances may occur. By documenting information or creating a legacy, offspring will be able to grasp an understanding of the donor.

Published: December 2018
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception register services

Donor legacy questions

VARTA asked Australian donor-conceived adults to identify the most important information they wished to know about their donors. This document provides a guide to the information that donor-conceived people would most like to know about their donors.

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor linking etiquette

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne presents on donor linking etiquette at the 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' seminar, 19 May 2016.

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