Resources

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: The Sensible Films
Published: August 2015
Video
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Sperm Donors Anonymous

Following are extracts from 'Sperm Donor Anonymous' an ABC documentary about the effects of anonymous sperm donation on donor-conceived children, their families and on the sperm donors themselves.  



Donor conception

Sperm donor linking

Listen to interview: Sperm donor linking - Richard Aedy, Radio National

VARTA CEO Louise Johnson and Riley Knight, a donor-conceived person, spoke to Richard Aedy from Radio National's 'Life Matters' about the issue of donor-conceived people having access to informtion abut their donor.  Riley also talked abou what it was like to meet his donor, Roger Clarke.  You can download the podcast of Riley and Roger talking about meeting and subsequent friendship.

Audio
Donor conception

Sperm donor meets the family created from his donation

Listen to this interview with Adrian, a sperm donor for single mother, Dianne.

“When we were approached by the registry to make potential contact by the donor family it was a difficult decision. It was just that we had to consider how we would link and the possibility surrounding meeting the donor family into our lives at that given time.” Adrian decided he would give consent to release information about himself and he is glad he did.

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

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

Headline: Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF
Interesting new research offers alternative - and less expensive - assisted reproductive treatment options for some women with tuble infertility.
 

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

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Published: January 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of having a baby with IVF

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of successful IVF treatment, according to new research.

A US study found that women who regularly drank soft drink had fewer eggs retrieved, fewer fertilised eggs and fewer good-quality embryos.  And, compared to women who didn’t consume soft drink at all, the chance of having a baby was 12 per cent lower for women who drank up to one cup of soft drink per day and 16 per cent lower for those who had more than a cup per day.

Audio
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Support for the journey and impact on work

Dinah talks about sharing information with family and colleagues.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

Audio
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Support for the journey during IVF

IVF treatment can impose heightened sensitivities. Friends who achieve a pregnancy and want to share their news may be unaware that IVF recipients can be distressed to hear about other pregnancies.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy Australia

This website supports Australians who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements. We are an incorporated not-for-profit association, registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria. General information on altruistic and commercial surrogacy, useful groups and upcoming information and social events are open to all.

Surrogacy FAQ
Author: VARTA
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Surrogacy

Surrogacy FAQ

Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman agrees to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple. The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 allows surrogacy in Victoria for individuals or couples who may not otherwise be able to have children.  This resource provides a list of questions and answers and information to help you understand the legal, practical and emotional implications of surrogacy in Victoria. The information is related to surrogacy in Victoria specifically.

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