Resources

Published: November 2018
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception

New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Headline: New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Victorian sexual and reproductive health education is undergoing a transformation with the launch tomorrow of new teaching resources for schools at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc in Melbourne.

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Donor conception

Experiences of donor conception - Ross' story

The truth sets you free

Ross talks about discovering recently, in his early thirties, that he was donor-conceived.

Ross speaks of his relief in knowing the truth and his belief in the importance of honesty: "'Where do I come from?' is such a fundamental question and I think that for everyone they have the right to know".

Sometimes it takes three to make a baby - book cover
Author: Kate Bourne
Published: October 2002
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception

Sometimes it takes three to make a baby

Explaining egg donor conception to young children.

Melbourne IVF kindly provided permission to publish this book on the VARTA website.

Author: Dr Deborah Dempsey
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?

Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology speaks on the topic, 'Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Published: November 2016
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services

Chief Judge John Pascoe on the child’s right to know for the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture

Headline: Chief Judge John Pascoe on the child’s right to know for the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture

The child’s right to know and family law orders was the title of the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture presented by His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe held on 9 November at the State Library of Victoria, with almost 120 people in the audience.

Author: Dr Vasanti Jadva
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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.

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Donor conception

Single mother's perspective using sperm donation to become a family

Anna discussing using a sperm donor to conceive her son Alexander and discusses the challenges as a single parent. In part two, Anna talks about how she and Alexander talk about his donor conception.

 

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Donor conception

Telling others about donor conception

Advice from an experienced mother of donor egg twins and clinical psychologist Kim Paleg.
Kim stresses that there is a difference between privacy and secrecy. The more she told others; the easier it became. Over time it stopped being Kim’s story and became her twins’ story and it was they who could choose if and whom they would tell.

Why, when and how to tell children about donor conception
Author: VARTA
Published: September 2014
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception

Why, when and how to tell children about donor conception

A review of the literature

This document presents what the research literature tells us about disclosure pattersn around the world, the reasons for telling children about the way they were conceived, the best age to tell, and strategies and pratcial tips for having this conversation with donor-conceived children.

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Donor conception

Experiences of donor conception - Riley's story

There is nothing to be feared

Riley talks about his experience of being donor conceived.  For as long as Riley can remember he has known about his conception.

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