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Family considers suing cousin over secrecy about genetic condition

Julia Medew A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe...

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring

Julia Medew and Craig Butt "I'm not massively rich, but I've made a few bob along the way. I don't want them thinking 'Ooh, look at this guy living in a big house... with a Mercedes in his driveway'."

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Julia Medew Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

'Elderly' mums faring better than you might expect: top IVF doctor

Julia Medew They are called elderly primiparae: women who fall pregnant for the first time over the age of 35.

IVF egg donor: 'Honesty is the most important thing'

Carla Pincombe, 35, with her three children Aurora, Saskia and Reverie.

Julia Medew Carla Pincombe will consider donating her eggs on one condition: the recipients tell their children about her.

Assisted conceptions have more risk of serious complications

Newborn babies sleeping in hospital nursery

Julia Medew Babies conceived through assisted reproductive therapies have a greater risk of stillbirth, premature birth and death in their first days of life, a study has found.

Dreams fulfilled as donor use soars

Margaret Ambrose

Julia Medew In Victoria, more women are using donor sperm than ever before. A single mum of two who went through IVF tells her story.

IVF costs soar as infertility business booms

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Julia Medew and Mark Baker The cost of some IVF services has soared as private equity funds have moved in on many Australian clinics, looking to profit from the booming business of infertility.

Psychologist calls for stricter controls on IVF


Julia Medew People seeking infertility treatments should be better screened to ensure they are fit to parent, an Australian psychologist says.

Call for stricter controls on IVF

Julia Medew People seeking infertility treatments should be better screened to ensure they are fit to parent, an Australian psychologist says.

Discount IVF can come at a cost


Julia Medew It has a lower success rate than the usual IVF process, but a new stripped-down version of the fertility treatment can cost less than half as much as the full service.

Surrogacy's painful path to parenthood

Surrogate.Northbridge.March 21st, 2013.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.Melbourne Age.Left to right. Philip Copland and Sam Everingham with their surrogate daughters, Ruby (purple) and Zoe.

Julia Medew Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia, leading hundreds of people each year to pay women overseas amid difficult decisions and sometimes tragic outcomes.

US eggs shipped to Australian women

Generic Hospital

Julia Medew In a new deal that will provide hope to thousands of infertile women, Australians can pay to have eggs imported from American women.

No more menopause? Science beats fertility clock

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Julia Medew Melbourne doctors have learnt how to preserve a woman's fertility indefinitely, possibly helping avoid menopause altogether.

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IVF cuts result in 1500 fewer babies

Assisted reproductive treatment

Julia Medew Thousands of Australians missed out on assisted reproductive treatment since the federal government changed funding.

IVF breakthrough on genetic disease


Julia Medew Female carriers of a debilitating group of genetic diseases could soon be able to have healthy babies — using DNA donated by other people.