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Expectations for Donor Agreements

By |2020-08-13T14:56:48+11:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, written agreements|

Expectations for Donor Agreements When entering a donor agreement, it is important for the parties to talk about their intentions and expectations, before attempting to become pregnant. Whether the donor is a friend, family member or someone you have met [...]

Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:45:41+11:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor|

Donor Agreements involve an agreement between a donor and recipient parent/s that clarifies the relationships and expectations between the parties. Donor Agreements are often used between sperm donors and their donor recipients, and not so often with egg donors. The [...]

Importing and Exporting Embryos

By |2020-08-08T17:51:28+11:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Importing and Exporting Embryos and Gametes If you are considering surrogacy and fertility treatment options in Australia and overseas, you need to consider where the embryo creation will take place and whether that will have an impact on your plans. [...]

Sperm Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-31T11:46:27+11:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Sperm Donor Agreements Are you considering growing your family with the help of a sperm donor? There are a number of options, and it is important to obtain legal advice about the implications, your rights and responsibilities and the consequences [...]

Single Parent Surrogacy

By |2020-06-27T21:30:37+11:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, America, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, Canada, donor conception, find a surrogate, qualifying for surrogacy, single parent, South Australia, surrogacy, WA|

Single Parent Surrogacy Are you a single intended parent considering surrogacy to grow your family? The good news is that mostly, there are no barriers to single intended parents entering into a surrogacy arrangement in Australia or overseas. What's the [...]

Egg Donor Agreements

By |2020-05-08T23:36:56+11:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, ivf, written agreements|

Egg Donor Agreement Are you considering growing your family with the help of an egg donor and thinking of having an agreement between you? Many families grow with the help of an egg donor, whether it's a clinic-recruited or overseas [...]

Best Practice Surrogacy

By |2020-05-21T00:28:58+11:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, overseas, sperm donor, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Surrogacy sometimes ends up as a headline such as in 2019 when Foreign Correspondent covered surrogacy in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, rarely when it is a headline is it a positive story, and my heart broke for the women, babies and [...]

Conception, Consent and Death

By |2019-10-11T00:49:20+11:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Conception, Consent and Death I've been thinking a lot about death lately. A few things have led to this - watching Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds on the ABC, and donating my eggs again. Life, death, and taxes [...]

Egg Donation

By |2020-08-13T14:56:58+11:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, sperm donor|

Egg donation is one of those topics that garners interest on social media occasionally, and warrants a warm fuzzy headline now and again, but good quality information and resources are lacking. There are restrictions on advertising for an egg donor, [...]

Sperm Donor or Dad – the case of Masson and Parsons

By |2020-05-31T11:47:19+11:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Sperm Donor or Dad? If you are a single woman or in a same sex couple considering growing your family through sperm donation, you may have followed the case of Masson & Parsons and Anors with interest. The family law [...]

Joe Donor and the Consequences of Online Conception

By |2020-05-08T23:47:19+11:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, Victoria, written agreements|

Sperm donation options in Australia vary from friends and family, to online connections or clinic-recruited donors. If you watched  60 Minutes last year, you'd know all about Joe Donor - the American man who claims to have donated sperm to over [...]

Egg Donation: Seeing Yourself In Someone Else’s Child

By |2019-08-19T23:51:24+11:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, motherhood, parenthood|

I became an egg donor after having my own children. My partner and I are parents-through-IVF; survivors of infertility who inevitably became overbearing parents to our precious offspring. Archie was born after 7 embryo transfers, and he was our lucky [...]

Donor Conception and the End of Anonymity

By |2020-07-30T12:18:24+11:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, lgbtiq+, sperm donor|

I recently attended the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)’s twilight seminar The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity to hear about the experiences of donor-conceived people, and donors, from times gone [...]

Who Owns an Embryo?

By |2019-08-30T00:06:16+11:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy|

Who owns an embryo? Is an embryo treated like a child in a parenting dispute? Or is it like property in a divorce? The truth is, it’s not treated like either a child or property, but in a category by [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 1)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:08+11:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, donor conception, egg donation, gay dads, lgbtiq+, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

This is a 2-part episode with Carla, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate. Carla has donated her eggs to 8 couples! In this episode we explore her egg donations and her reasons for donating, and hear all about her [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 2)

By |2019-08-10T05:00:07+11:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Australia, donor conception, gay dads, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional surrogacy is not as common as gestational surrogacy. This is Part 2 of my interview with Carla. Carla talked about her journey as an egg donor in Part 1; in Part 2 she tells us how she leaped from [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 36: Amber

By |2019-08-10T04:59:28+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: donor conception, egg donation, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Episode 36: Amber. Amber first heard about egg donation before she had her own children, and has now donated to nine families, resulting in 7 children so far. Many of the recipients also needed a surrogate [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA

By |2020-07-30T12:24:24+11:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Australia, counselling, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA, where we talk about donor conception and what it is to be donor conceived. Kate Bourne is the Donor Services Manager at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), which provides independent information [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 41: Gail

By |2019-08-10T04:59:27+11:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, motherhood, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

Episode 41 of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Gail Pascoe. Gail is a mother of a donor-conceived child and has been writing about her experiences of donor parenting on her blog, Donor Conception and Beyond.  She started writing about donor conception [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 61: Cass & Claire

By |2020-01-10T05:34:59+11:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: donor agreement, donor conception, ivf, lgbtiq+, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

Claire and Cassandra welcome their daughter Aria earlier this year, with the help of a friend being their sperm donor, and Claire providing the egg and Cass carrying the pregnancy. Some people might call this 'egg sharing,' and it's very [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 85: Emma-Lee

By |2020-07-06T18:29:01+11:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 85: Emma-Lee. Emma-Lee is an egg donor, and is also a genetic genealogist - she researches genetic histories as a hobby. This means she can find out all sorts of information about someone, based on [...]

The Surrogacy Podcast Episode 88: Hayley

By |2020-07-28T21:34:58+11:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 88: Hayley. Hayley is a donor conceived person in Victoria, and her parents shared with her that she was donor conceived when she was 12 years old. When she was older, Hayley did a DNA [...]