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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy

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The following brochures are available in hardcopy:

  • Possible health effects of IVF
  • Finding an egg donor
  • Finding a surrogate
  • Time to Tell
  • Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
  • Thinking of donating donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
  • Donor Conception Register Services

 

Published: April 2016
Audio
Donor conception

Family perspectives - talking to children about how you became a family

A panel of parents and their sons and daughters discuss how they told/were told that they became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate. Recorded at the 2016 Time to tell seminar.

 
 
 

 

 
Author: VARTA
Published: October 2016
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Donor conception

Time to tell

We're here to help you talk to your donor-conceived children about how you became a family.

Audio
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Dealing with work and IVF

IVF treatment means that you have to juggle the treatment schedule with the work schedule, not always an easy task. Revealing the reasons why time of work taken must raise the questions: who do you tell when you go for IVF? And what are the anxieties involved in telling?

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

Media Releases

Video
Surrogacy

Mother and son talk surrogacy

Karen and her son Matt speak about surrogacy at VARTA's Time to Tell Seminar.  Surrogacy was not permitted years ago in Australia so Karen and her husband needed to travel to the US.  Through a surrogacy agency they found a surrogate who remains a friend.  Matt has grown up knowing her and the reasons why she carried him for his parents.  He says, 'I'm glad it was never a sercret... everyone has a right to know who they are and where they come from.

Audio
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.

Audio
Donor conception

Talking to young children about using a sperm donor to become a family

Jacqui and Sarah provide us with their thoughts and experiences in talking to young children about how they used a sperm donor to become a family.

“It’s understandable to be apprehensive, of course it is.  It can be quite a scary and challenging thing but in the end the important thing is tell kids early.  I think that it’s really important; it’s something that they always know.”

Published: March 2020
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception register services, About VARTA

COVID-19 update

Headline: Covid-19 and VARTA services

We are making changes to protect the health and safety of our staff, our clients and the wider community. VARTA is aiming to continue its normal service provision in coming weeks and months, however there may be delays or changes to our activities. 

If you are unable to get in touch with us via phone (+61 3 8601 5250) please send your enquiry using the varta@varta.org.au email.   

Published: July 2017
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

 

Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.

The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.

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