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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New law gives all donor-conceived Victorians the right to know their heritage

New donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation gives all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.

Published: December 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New regulations starting December 2019

New regulations made under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (the new regulations), start on December 13, 2019, and replace the earlier regulations which will no longer operate.

The new regulations expand the costs that can be reimbursed to a surrogate and include:

Published: September 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Headline: No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects. However, by the time they become adults, research has shown that they are just healthy as other people. 

Published: September 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Headline: No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies over the years have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects. However, by the time they become adults, research has previously shown that they are just healthy as other people. 

Resource kit for rainbow families
Author: Jacqui Tomlins
Published: February 2015
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception, Surrogacy

OUTspoken Families resource kit for rainbow families

Researched and written by Jacqui Tomlins, and partially funded by VARTA, this resource provides the ideas, suggestions, advice and collective wisdom shared by a broad range of parents from rainbow families.

Resource kit for rainbow families

Topics

Lesbian mums and known donors or dads

Telling the kids: What? When? How?

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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.

Photo of Ian Smith

Author: Dr Vasanti Jadva
Video
Donor conception

Parenting and child well-being in families created using gamete donation

Donor treatment often focuses on parents and little is known about how the children conceived fare. This video was filmed at VARTA's Twilight seminar 'How are you going? - Experiences of donor conception' (8 April 2013). 

Dr Vasanti Jadva presented the results of a longitudinal study of families created using gamete (sperm and egg) donation. The children of the families were born around the year 2000 and data was collected at ages 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10 years.

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

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)

Among embryos created in a laboratory some have too many and some have too few chromosomes. This is called aneuploidy.  Embryos can also have genetic defects which can cause health problems in a child. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is used to select embryos with the right number of chromosomes and those that do not have defective genes. There are two types of PGT:

Published: July 2019
Video
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.
 
 
Donor conception

Rainbow Families Council

We are a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. We support and promote equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children).

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