Resources

Published: September 2017
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

What happens after egg freezing for ‘social’ reasons?

Headline: What happens after egg freezing for ‘social’ reasons?

Life circumstances, including not having a partner, can prevent women from having children during their most fertile years.

Published: October 2018
Hardcopy/pdf
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.

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

Egg freezing: Does the reason for freezing affect the outcome?

Headline: Egg freezing: Does the reason for freezing affect the outcome?

In the past twenty years egg freezing has been offered as an option to preserve fertility for women who are diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy that might affect their fertility. This is called ‘onco fertility preservation’ (OFP). Advances in egg freezing techniques in the last ten years have improved the chance of having a baby from frozen eggs.  As a result, more and more women around the world now turn to egg freezing for non-medical reasons to guard against age-related fertility decline. This is called elective fertility preservation (EFP).

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.

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?
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.

Video
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".

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.

Telling it your way - book cover
Author: Magie Kirkman, Doreen Rosenthal, Louise Johnson
Published: August 2007
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception

Telling it your way

A guide for parents of donor-conceived adolescents.

Video
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.

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