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 Children, VARTA

Australia – Living on a knife’s edge’: Families dealing with sudden notification of sperm donor children

Source 3AW693 NEWS TALK

Neil Mitchell has spoken with three people affected by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s release of a report, revealing previously unknown details about sperm donors to both donor children and biological fathers.

One is angry, one is hopeful and one is terrified.

The VARTA report to be released earlier this week revealed some donors who believed they were contributing to research actually have a number of biological children.

John told Neil Mitchell he and his wife have 35-year-old and 45-year-old children and subsequent grandchildren, who don’t know John isn’t biologically related to them.

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Australia, Sperm Donor

Australia – WA woman wins right to bring dead partner’s sperm to ACT

Source The Sydney Morning Herald

A West Australian woman has won the right to bring her deceased partner’s sperm to the ACT in an attempt to have a baby, with the territory’s broad legislation allowing the procedure where other states don’t.

The West Australian Supreme Court decided this week that the 42-year-old woman, identified as GLS in court documents, would be allowed to undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures in the ACT after her application to move the sperm had previously been rejected.

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Australia, Employee Benefits, intended parents, Surrogacy, Surrogate Parents

Win for fairness in recent Surrogacy Decision

Source Public Service Association of NSW

The PSA, working collectively with our colleagues through Unions NSW, is claiming a great win for fairness following the recent publication of a NSW Government Determination on the rights of Employees in relation to altruistic surrogacy and permanent out-of-home care arrangements.

The Determination gives surrogate parents access to the same rights as other parents in relation to leave entitlements following the birth of their child. This formal extension of that entitlement follows years of advocacy by the PSA on a case-by-case basis for parents undertaking altruistic surrogacy arrangements and ensures that in future, no parent has to argue that their family is equal to others.

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Australia, Sperm Donor, Sperm Donor Registry

Man shocked to discover he has kids after donating sperm for ‘research’ 30 years ago

Source: news.com.au

An example of one of the advertisements looking for donors. Picture: VARTASource:Supplied

MEN who donated sperm in Victoria in the 1960s and 1970s for “research purposes” may not have been aware that their donation was being used for conception, according to a new report.

Research by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), set to be released later today, reveals meticulous records kept by donor clinics and approximately 40 interviews with clinicians, sperm donors and recipient parents who were involved in the early days of the fertility industry.

The report states that men who donated in the early years of the program may not have been aware that their semen was being used for conception purposes.

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Australia, intended parents, Podcast, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast

Source: Podtail

Sarah Jefford presents The Australian Surrogacy Podcast – sharing stories about surrogacy, from intended parents and surrogates.

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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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Donor Eggs, IVF Treatment, Sperm Donor, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Women seeking cheap fertility treatment abroad

Source:  The Times

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Women travelled for conventional IVF treatments, egg donation and surrogacy services SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/GETTY IMAGES

More than 3,000 women travel abroad for cheap assisted human reproduction treatments every year, a leading fertility doctor has estimated.

Dr John Kennedy, medical director of Virtus Health, the largest provider of fertility services in Ireland, said the figure included those who travelled to get conventional IVF treatments, egg donation and surrogacy services.

He said it was difficult to get exact figures because some women travelled without informing their fertility doctors, but that 3,000 was a reasonable estimate. The average cost of a cycle of IVF in Ireland is between €5,000 and €7,000, but can cost less than €3,000 in some eastern European countries. Dr Kennedy said these countries were always going to be cheaper, but there could be differences in quality of care.

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Australia, Sperm Donor

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, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

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

Source:  CoastLive.com

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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