Australia, children from egg and/or sperm donor

Australia – Government toughens IVF laws to protect embryo donors and kids

Source The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government has moved to close a legislative loophole in a bid to allow children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to access details about their biological heritage.

The amendment bill was sparked by the case of Natalie Parker, who donated embryos to a Sydney woman and was led to believe the transfer had failed. Later, she found photos online of a baby boy she believes is her genetic son.

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Australia, Surrogate Mother

Australia – Meet the Aussie mum who’s ‘renting’ out her womb

Source Lifestyle Yahoo

An Aussie mum who advertised her womb for ‘rent’ is now expecting for the first time as a surrogate, telling her kids the baby “is not ours to keep”.

Michelle Griffin, 26, shares Leilani, four, and Isaac, three, with her hubby Trent, but is now 13 weeks along with a bub for a couple who have struggled with fertility problems.

The professional birthing coach from Perth told Yahoo Lifestyle she has always been ‘honest’ with her kids, who are just as excited as she is about helping another family.

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Australia, Infertility

Australia – Why I’ve decided not to fix my infertility’

Source Body and Soul

On paper, Ally Hensley had everything she needed to have a baby. But did she want to…

On January 8 this year, I walked into an IVF clinic with my pregnant best friend. She had already conceived naturally twice, so we weren’t there for her. I had an appointment to explore egg retrieval for the purpose of egg freezing.

I kept telling myself, I was ‘creating options.’ However, it was much deeper than that – I was trying to explore how I really felt about motherhood.

It’s a strange situation when, for your entire adult life, you’ve known that you’re infertile but you’re also not sure if you’re even maternal. When, from the age of 16 you’ve been saving money for a surrogate but you’re not entirely sure if you’d want children, even if you can have them.

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Australia, Sperm Shortage

Australia’s sperm shortage is leading some to find donors online

Source News.com

BACK when Haydn Allbutt donated sperm, it was a relatively simple process — so simple that he did it about 20 times over the space of a year.

It was 1997 and the then 21-year-old student would pop into a nearby clinic, do his business, collect $25 for his troubles and continue on his way.

His semen was to be used for a variety of research purposes, but he knew it could also be offered to women who wanted help having a baby, which didn’t faze him.

“I didn’t have a girlfriend and I didn’t think there was a likelihood I would ever get one, so I thought it was the only way to pass my genes on, I suppose.”

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Australia, Infertility

Australia – What not to say when someone is struggling to conceive

Source The West Australian

In this day and age you are sure to know someone that has struggled with fertility, perhaps a friend or family member, or you yourself have either been on — or are on — the harrowing journey yourself.

For those experiencing infertility, it can be an extremely isolating time says Genea Hollywood fertility specialist Dr Julia Barton.

“They’re often surrounded by friends starting their own families and asking why they aren’t pregnant and they can find themselves feeling resentful and even jealous. They don’t feel comfortable talking about what’s happening to them and in some cases patients tell me they avoid social events because they don’t want to be exposed to the questioning and have to watch others having happy family moments,” says Dr Barton.

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AMH Test, Anti-Mullerian Hormone, Australia

Australia – ‘Egg timer test’ for fertility: What is it and does it work?

Source ABC.NET.AU

Originally developed as a tool for IVF, in the US the test is being increasingly marketed to the general population of women as a way of finding out how long they have left to have children, a recent social studies of science conference in Sydney was told.

Conference presenter Moira Kyweluk, who is completing a PhD at Northwestern University, said internet activity suggests the test is also being used in the same way in Australia, despite controversy over its effectiveness.

“I looked at blogs online where women were talking about getting an AMH test done as a way to get a baseline measure of their fertility. This is the same rhetoric as being used in the US,” Ms Kyweluk said.

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Australia, Reproductive Law

Woman can use donor sperm in IVF without estranged husband’s consent, court rules

Source The Guardian

Federal court finds Victorian law discriminated against the woman on the basis of her marital status.

A Victorian woman will not need her estranged husband’s permission to undergo IVF using donor sperm following a ruling by the federal court in Melbourne.

The court heard that the woman, who cannot be named, has been separated and living apart from her husband since late 2017. The woman wanted to try to conceive through IVF using donor sperm, but was told by a Melbourne reproductive clinic that under Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act she first needed her husband’s consent.

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Australia, IVF, Law

Australia – Woman challenges laws that require estranged husband’s IVF consent

Source The Age

A woman who wants to conceive a child using donor sperm has launched a court challenge to existing laws that bar her from accessing IVF without her estranged husband’s consent.

The Victorian woman, known to the court as “LR”, says she is being discriminated against on the basis of her marital status.

The woman is still legally married, but separated and estranged from her husband, the Federal Court in Melbourne heard on Thursday.

She intends to divorce him when the 12-month waiting period is over, and wants to undergo in-vitro fertilisation to become pregnant, using her own eggs and donor sperm.

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Australia, IVF costs

Australia – The cost of IVF

Source The West

Making babies can be an expensive business when you need a helping hand.

With one in six couples likely to experience difficulties, many want-to-be parents are turning to fertility treatment to help them conceive.

The financial impost, though, can be considerable depending on the provider and the extent of help required.

While many fertility treatments attract a rebate from Medicare, there can be significant out-of-pocket costs. For example, one IVF cycle can set patients back from $1000-$7000.

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Australia, Surrogacy

Australia – Surrogate mum’s plea for new laws in the Northern Territory

Source News.com

“I’LL do it, I’ll be your surrogate,” Amee Meredith promised her best friend Kylie Raftery 10 years ago.

Ms Raftery lost her first child, Sophie, in 2008.

Tragically, the miscarriage caused Ms Raftery permanent scar tissue damage, and the young mum was warned she might never carry a child – and even if she did, she might not survive the pregnancy

“Seeing someone lose a child, it’s something you would never wish on anyone,” Ms Meredith said.

In 2008, Ms Meredith convinced her best friend and partner Adrian Raftery to use her as a surrogate for their child.

However, in a tragic twist of fate, Ms Meredith’s husband was killed in a brawl in Darwin late December 2009 – pausing any of their surrogacy plans.

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Australia, Children from sperm donor, Sperm Donor

Australia – ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Sperm donor discovers he’s fathered ELEVEN children – and now he’s tracking them all down

Source Daily Mail

An Australian man who discovered he was a father to 11 children he never knew he had is now on a mission to track them down.

Ken Allen donated sperm many years ago and didn’t look back.
He was shocked when he received a phone call telling him he had 11 kids living across Australia.
‘Eleven, eleven, eleven, you’ve got to be kidding me,’ Mr Allen told Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.

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Australia, Gay Parenting, Surrogacy

Australia – WA bill to provide surrogacy access to men

Source 9 News

Male same-sex couples and single men will be able have children through a surrogate under proposed amendments to West Australian laws.

The bill will be introduced in state parliament on Thursday and will bring WA into line with most Australian jurisdictions.

If the legislation passes, men in WA will have the same access to altruistic surrogacy that women and heterosexual couples have had since 2009.

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Australia, Sperm Donor Children

Law ending sperm donor secrecy helps Australian find her dad

Source APNews

In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, photo, Peter Peacock, 68, left, and Gypsy Diamond, 36, pose for a portrait after an interview with The Associated Press, in Melbourne, Australia. Peacock, who donated sperm anonymously around 1980, was recently contacted by Diamond, his biological daughter, after a new law in Australia retroactively removed the anonymity granted to sperm donors decades ago. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E), The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For Peter Peacock, fate arrived in the form of a registered letter.

The letter, at least initially, looked to be a bit of a letdown. Peacock had gone to the post office expecting the delivery of a big, furry aviator jacket he’d ordered online. And so it was with little fanfare that the Australian grandfather and retired cop tore the envelope open as he walked back to his car — at which point he stopped dead in his tracks.

“Dear Mr Peacock,” the letter began. “The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) has received an enquiry of a personal nature which may or may not relate to you. The matter concerns a record held in relation to a project you may have assisted with at Prince Henry’s Institute.”

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Australia, Sperm Donor Registry

Australia law identifies once-secret sperm donors

Source CTVNews

MELBOURNE, Australia – For Peter Peacock, fate arrived in the form of a registered letter.

The letter looked to be a bit of a letdown. Peacock had gone to the post office expecting an aviator jacket he’d ordered online. The Australian grandfather tore the envelope open as he walked to his car – at which point he stopped dead in his tracks.

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Australia, Grandmother as surrogate

Australia – Grandmother will be a surrogate for her own grandchild: 49-year-old made offer after life-saving hysterectomy left her daughter, 31, unable to have children

Source Daily Mail

A grandmother has offered to give birth to her own grandchild after a life-saving hysterectomy left her daughter unable to have any more children.

Sherrie Zammit, 49, from Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia, made the offer to Chloe Simmons, 31, after Ms Simmons was told she had just weeks to live unless she had her womb removed the day after being diagnosed with cancer in the area between her placenta and uterus lining.

Grandmother-of-one Ms Zammit has already undergone all of the necessary tests ahead of the surrogate pregnancy, which would involve implanting Ms Simmons’ egg and her fiancé Dimitri Pixomatis’ sperm.

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Australia, Mother serves as surrogate for daughter

Australia – Grandmother agrees to be surrogate for her own grandchild

Source Yahoo News

Often grandparents share the burden of child-rearing, but one family has taken that a big step further.

A very generous 49-year-old mum wants to help her 31-year-old daughter have a baby, and has agreed to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.

Sherrie Zammit gave daughter Chloe the gift of life – now, history is about to repeat itself for the next generation.
“My days, I thought, were done and dusted with pregnancies, and never did I expect to be carrying my grandchild, but I’m really excited,” Sherrie said.

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Australia, Three Parent

‘Three parent baby’ IVF technique on track to become legal in Australia

Source The Sydney Morning Heral

Kahlia Holroyd, a 25-year-old primary school teacher, loves children. But watching her older brother struggle with the debilitating effects of mitochondrial disease has made her question whether she should ever have her own babies.

But no longer. A Senate committee has carved a path for the Federal Government to move towards legalising the “three parent” IVF technique that would prevent babies being born with mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing organ dysfunction and death.

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Australia, Canada, intended parents, Surrogate Mother

Canada – Dream comes true for Australian parents with Canadian surrogate

Source The Star

During the Star’s Made in Canada series, which looks at this country’s booming international surrogacy industry, the Crabbs and their Canadian surrogate, Paula Capa, a teacher in Kitchener, struggled to become parents.

“Obviously we’ve been waiting forever for this,” David says. “And now we’ve got one beautiful little angel sent from heaven.”

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Australia, Single women, Sperm Donor

Australia – WA single mums’ search for the right donor

Source Perth Now

MORE WA women are seeking to become “single mothers by choice” by using sperm donors, with the wait list at one fertility clinic doubling in 12 months.

A nationwide sperm shortage and increased demand for donor-assisted conception have extended wait lists at Perth fertility clinics, and hundreds of women are instead seeking sperm donors through Facebook.

PIVET Medical Centre’s wait list for donor-assisted conception has doubled in 12 months.

Donor co-ordinator Anne Wigham said more women were aware of their fertility limitations and were making the decision to have a child rather than wait for a partner.

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Australia, Sperm Donor

Australia – Victoria’s sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

Source. The Conversion

At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity. Shutterstock

Many Victorians are now discovering for the first time that they have offspring from sperm donations made in Victorian clinics in the 1970s and 1980s.

These findings were revealed in a new report released earlier this month by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), the organisation charged with overseeing applications for information from donors, donor-conceived persons, their parents and descendants.

The VARTA report revealed that sperm donor records that were held by clinics in the 1970s and 1980s have been preserved. This is good news for people who wish to find people to whom they are related via donor conception, using last year’s changes to donor conception laws in Victoria.

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