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Published: March 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

 

Elizabeth, mother of three donor-conceived children, talks about how she told her adult children of their conception.

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

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

Headline: Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

When donor conception was first practised, sperm and egg donations were made anonymously. Historically, parents were encouraged to maintain secrecy about their donor treatment. Time has shown that this approach may not have been in the best interests of the child born.

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Donor conception

Telling your child they were conceived using donor embryos

Karen tells of having her children Sarah and William using donor embryos.

Author: Louise Johnson
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The 'Right to Know' legislation a year on

Louise Johnson, CEO of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) speaks on the topic, 'The "Right to Know" legislation a year on' at the VARTA Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Author: Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria  was prepared for VARTA by Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. The report was supported by the Victorian Government.

Published: August 2016
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Headline: The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Internationally, in Brazil and elsewhere, women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancy have had babies born with severe birth defects. A big concern has been microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain remain very small and fail to develop properly. Affected babies are likely to suffer severe developmental disabilities and may have a reduced lifespan.  Understandably, this finding has caused distress and concern in prospective parents who have been exposed to the Zika virus.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Headline: The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Changes to legislation governing donor conception in Victoria mean that on 1 March 2017, the state’s donor conception registers moved from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to VARTA.

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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.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Thinking of donating sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of donating sperm,eggs or embryos
  • What are donors’ rights and responsibilities?
Donor conception

Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of having a child using donor sperm, eggs or embryos
  • What are your rights and responsibilities as a parent?

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