The increasing popularity of DNA ancestral testing such as 23andme and ancestry.com means that some people are finding out that they are not genetically connected with family members in the way that they may have thought. At the same time, there are those who have done DNA tests and found themselves matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.
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?
With multiple unsuccessful treatment cycles of IVF the inevitable question arises; should we end treatment? This can be an extremely difficult decision that can emotionally test any couple. For Anne and her husband the decision aroused both frustration and sadness.
Last week, VARTA’s CEO Louise Johnson and Senior Research Officer Dr Karin Hammarberg spoke to Penny Johnston at ABC Babytalk on the subject of what to do with unused embryos. The program was informative and sensitive to the complexity of this issue and is really worth a listen.
Louise and Karin discussed the difficulty many people face when contemplating what they should do once they have decided to end their IVF treatment – usually because they feel their family is complete. They talked about the options available to people, including:
For people considering surrogacy, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to anticipate. Before entering into any surrogacy arrangement within Australia, there are key questions that each person should ask to avoid legal uncertainty and possible missteps. VARTA, in collaboration with Kellehers Australia, has compiled a legal checklist resource which should be essential reading for anyone contemplating a surrogacy arrangement. These checklists are modifications of the checklists devised and created by Kellehers Australia.
We are a supportive network of 1,850 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people.
Supporting people who are donor-conceived, parents who have used a donor, donors and their families.
This brochure covers:
- What is the Donor Conception Register Services?
- Changes to Victorian law
- Who can apply?
- Options available
- Registers' process
The Donor Legacy Project aims to provide resources that can assist donors to create and submit information to the Voluntary Register. We use the word ‘legacy’ in our title as we are aware that many donors are aging, may be unwell or unfortunate circumstances may occur. By documenting information or creating a legacy, offspring will be able to grasp an understanding of the donor.
The Victorian Government asked VARTA to conduct an independent consultation of donors who would be affected by any changes to legislation arising from the Victorian Law Reform Committee’s recommendation to allow all donor-conceived people access to their donor’s identifying information. The VLRC’s report Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors, was published in March 2012.
VARTA asked Australian donor-conceived adults to identify the most important information they wished to know about their donors. This document provides a guide to the information that donor-conceived people would most like to know about their donors.