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Donor conception

Telling their son about donor conception

Despite having their sons in the secretive era of donor conception in the1980’s, Kerry and her husband Greg had concerns that their story would come out later and so chose to be very open with their sons and their extended family from the start. They are so glad they did as a recent medical diagnosis requiring a bone marrow transplant would have revealed the secret at a very traumatic time.

Published: March 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

 

Elizabeth, mother of three donor-conceived children, talks about how she told her adult children of their conception.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

Headline: Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

When donor conception was first practised, sperm and egg donations were made anonymously. Historically, parents were encouraged to maintain secrecy about their donor treatment. Time has shown that this approach may not have been in the best interests of the child born.

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Donor conception

Telling your child they were conceived using donor embryos

Karen tells of having her children Sarah and William using donor embryos.

Author: Louise Johnson
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The 'Right to Know' legislation a year on

Louise Johnson, CEO of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) speaks on the topic, 'The "Right to Know" legislation a year on' at the VARTA Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Author: Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria  was prepared for VARTA by Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. The report was supported by the Victorian Government.

Fertility & infertility

The Infertility Network UK

Infertility Support - Infertility Network UK are the UK's leading infertility support network, offer infertility information, infertility support to fertility problems

Published: August 2016
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Headline: The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Internationally, in Brazil and elsewhere, women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancy have had babies born with severe birth defects. A big concern has been microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain remain very small and fail to develop properly. Affected babies are likely to suffer severe developmental disabilities and may have a reduced lifespan.  Understandably, this finding has caused distress and concern in prospective parents who have been exposed to the Zika virus.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

The benefit of hindsight

Ben and Dinah talk about how they'd do things differently with the benefit of hindsight.

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.

Author: Chief Judge John Pascoe
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Surrogacy, Regulation

The child's right to know and family law orders

His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe presented the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture on the topic The child's right to know and family law orders. This document is a transcript of the speech.

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