Australia, Embryo, Gestational surrogacy, Infertility, intended parents, IVF, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Australia – Surrogacy success for Hunter family with new baby after years of heartache, IVF, and two surrogates.

Source: Newcastle Herald

Priceless: Kristy and Craig Darken with baby Henry, born via a surrogate. Kristy described the process as akin to having all of the ingredients to make a cake, but baking it in someone else’s oven. Picture: Kelsey Mlekus Photography

BY the time Kristy and Craig Darken found out they were going to be parents, they had almost given up all hope of holding a child of their own in their arms.

It had been close to eight years of highs and lows, of hope and of devastation, as the Elermore Vale couple trod the testing track of having a baby via a surrogate.

But then, countless counselling sessions, IVF, two surrogates and 10 embryos later, a tearful late night phone call came from Kristy’s sister, Rebecca.

“She was crying her eyes out,” Kristy said.

“I thought she was crying because she knew it was our last try. I thought she was devastated. Then finally, she said, ‘I’m pregnant. It worked’.

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Australia – Couple slammed for seeking sperm donor online

Source: Daily Mercury

A couple who can’t conceive took to ‘Mackay, Buy, Swap and Sell’ on Facebook to find a sperm donor, only to be left hurt and embarrassed.

A MARIAN couple who can’t conceive posted in the Mackay, Buy, Swap and Sell Facebook page seeking a sperm donor, only to be left feeling hurt and devastated.

The 38-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said she had tried for a baby for almost 10 years with her husband and was running out of affordable options before it was too late.

They couldn’t afford IVF, she said, so she and her partner had been tested a couple of years ago and discovered his sperm were “dead”.

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Australia, Egg Donor

Australia – Lara Giddings welcomes ‘beautiful’ baby girl, Natasha Rose

Source: The Examiner

Former Labor Premier and Franklin MHA Lara Giddings has welcomed a “beautiful” baby girl.

Natasha Rose Magill was born at 12.36pm on Australia Day weighing 2.77kg.

Ms Giddings announced her pregnancy in September 2017 which was made possible by the assistance of an egg donor.

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Australia, Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

More gestational surrogates needed in Australia

Source: Manning River Times

Cassie Lakes’ Tinonee home, which she shares with her partner of three years, is filled with the joyful sound of her three children happily playing together.
It is a sound the 28-year-old woman believes nobody should miss out on hearing just because they aren’t able to have their own children.

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Australia – State Government to allow same sex couples access to Surrogacy


WA Health Minister Roger Cook PIC: Attila Csaszar / Business News WA

The State Government has announced a shake up of the Human Reproductive Technology Act to allow same sex couples to have children using a surrogate.

An independent review will be undertaken by Associate Professor Sonia Allen who worked on similar reforms in South Australia.

Professor Allen’s work was successful in allowing same South Australian sex couples access to surrogacy from last year.

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Australia, Cambodia, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Cambodia court dismisses Australian nurse’s appeal against surrogacy jail sentence

Source:  The Sydney Morning Herald

Phnom Penh: Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles, who is suffering eye cancer, has had her appeal against an 18-month jail sentence on surrogacy charges rejected by a Cambodian court.

Davis-Charles sobbed after a judge ruled on Monday that under Cambodian law the court could not take into consideration her cancer.

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