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Published: August 2017
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

How I found and lost my donor

Headline: How I found and lost my donor

Rose's story of how she found her donor through DNA testing

I have always known that I was donor conceived.  Likewise I have always known that I would never know the identity of my donor. The clinic (Queen Victoria Hospital) doesn’t exist anymore, the donors were offered complete anonymity and the doctor swears that the records were ‘lost’ in transition to a private fertility clinic.

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Donor conception

Finding out as a teenager I was donor-conceived

Listen to Narelle talk about being a teenager and finding out she was donor-conceived.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Making an application to the Voluntary Register

Information for donor-conceived people, recipient parents, donors and relatives and descendants thereof about applying to the Voluntary Register.

This information sheet covers:

  • How the Voluntary Register works
  • Fee
  • Who can apply?
  • What information can be lodged?
  • Matches/No match on the Voluntary Register
Author: Karin Hammarberg, Cate Wilson, John McBain, Jane Fisher & Jane Halliday
Journal: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Year: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1015115
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Donor conception

Age when learning about mode of conception and well-being among young adults conceived with ART

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the age at which young adults recalled learning about being assistive reproductive technologies (ART)-conceived and the association with subjective well-being and parental relationship.

Background: The use of ART is increasing. Parents are encouraged to tell children about the way they were conceived when they are young. Little is known about whether age when learning about being ART-conceived influences adult well-being.

Raelia Lew
Published: June 2016
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Fertility over 40: a struggle against the tide

 

ABC's Four Corner's program on 30 May started a conversation that we have to have. Having your first baby after the age of 35 is not what nature intended. IVF technology is no silver bullet against female age related infertility.

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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

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.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Talking about your donation

Prior to 1988, sperm and egg donations were practised anonymously. Donors and parents who used the donations rarely told others about their experience. As society has changed and become more open, the law and this practice in Victoria has changed. Parents are encouraged to tell their child about how they became a family with the help of a donor. Donors are counselled in treatment clinics to be open about their donation to their partner, children, and extended family - especially as donor-conceived people or their parents are able to apply for information about them. 

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Explaining the Donor Registers Service

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne explains the process of donor linking and how VARTA can assist in this process.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

What is an information and support session?

Information for people applying to the Central or Voluntary Registers.

This information sheet covers:

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