Fertility

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

Natural selection: Jayne Cornwill with daughter Emmerson.

Jayne Cornwill This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

The mum who fell in love with her sperm donor

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Not many couples can say they had a baby together before they even met, but that's the truth for Aminah Hart and her partner Scott Anderson.

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The family who'll have five babies under 14 months

Julie Grygla and her sons Abraham, Brady and Christian.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Julie Grygla wasn't sure she wanted to have children. Now the US woman and her husband Dave are set to become parents to five babies under the age of 14 months.

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Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

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Sarah Knapton Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

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JO HARTLEY Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

Woman sues after having a mixed-race baby

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Meredith Rodriguez A US woman is suing a sperm bank after it sent her vials from African-American man, instead of the white donor she had selected.

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The Gardner quadruplets: a one in 70 million pregnancy

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LETITIA ROWLANDS This couple received an extreme shock as they found out theirs was a one in 70 million conception.

The mums suing over unplanned babies

Who should be held responsible when sterilisation doesn't prevent unwanted pregnancies?

A mother-of-five who calls her two youngest sons "miracle babies" is just one of many mums seeking financial compensation for their children's unplanned conceptions.

The fertility battle we don't talk about

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KERRI SACKVILLE “You’re nowhere near menopausal,” my doctor cheerily informed me, and my heart sank. I don’t want to live with worry about pregnancy anymore.

Many women shunning contraception

A dislike of the contraceptive pill is leading to women risking unwanted pregnancies.

Harriet Alexander and Brigid Delaney Women who underestimate their fertility are turning away from contraception, often resulting in unintended pregnancies.

When to have sex to get pregnant

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Karin Hammarberg Timing sex to coincide with your most fertile days can reduce the time it takes to conceive, and could even save you a trip to the fertility clinic.

The truth about sperm tests

One man shares his experience of undergoing sperm testing.

Justin McCabe One man shares his advice about the part potential dads-to-be need to play when a couple is seeking fertility treatment.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

FIFO workers often go to extreme measures when trying to start a family.

LIAM DUCEY Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

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Why 'egg freezing parties' aren't such a crazy idea

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NEDAHL STELIO Welcome to an egg-freezing party, where women drink champagne, are educated on the science of freezing their eggs, and the offer of putting your fertility on hold is openly discussed.

Surrogacy baby abandoned by Australian parents

Gammy has Down syndrome.

LINDSAY MURDOCH Thailand's surrogacy industry has been thrown into the spotlight by the tragic case of six-month-old baby Gammy, whose Australian parents refused to take him after they discovered he had Down syndrome.

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Hold the phone: mobiles damage chance of becoming a dad

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LETITIA ROWLANDS For one in five infertile couples, the reason for the failure to conceive is male infertility. Recent studies have suggested mobile phones and cannabis use are two factors which could damage a man's chances of becoming a dad.

The invisible loss of infertility

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Melody McCabe "Infertility is an invisible loss. No one else can appreciate the depth and intensity." The words were part of advice I think every person battling to conceive should read.

You've got to have faith

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Jo Stanley Whether it is placebo or panacea, traditional Chinese medicine gives me a sense of being better balanced - and I believe it gave me our first baby, too. So why isn't it working this time around?

High cholesterol may make it harder to conceive

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Lenny Bernstein In a study of 501 couples who were trying to conceive, the time it took for the woman to become pregnant was longest if both partners had high cholesterol in their blood.

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For many, fertility is far from finished at 40

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Julia Llewellyn Smith Many women think they're past having children once they hit their early forties. But while fertility does decline as you get older, the drop is not as great as we are sometimes led to believe.

How to support a friend trying to conceive

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DANIELLE COLLEY While some ladies fall pregnant with at the drop of a hat, other women may require more effort. If your friend is struggling to fall pregnant, here's what - and - what not to say to support them.

Men need infertility support, too

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Armin Brott My wife and I have been trying to have a baby for two years, and in that time, not a single person has asked how I'm doing. I'm getting really angry about being ignored, so how should I respond to well-meaning but hurtful comments?

Tomatoes boost male fertility

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A key compound in tomatoes could increase a man's fertility by up to 70 per cent, a study has found.

The quest for the first womb transplant babies

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Richard Orange Hundreds of Australian women are anxiously watching international trials of the next frontier of reproductive science: womb transplants.

Egg donation: a gift like no other

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Melody McCabe Could you donate an egg to a couple in need? This mum of two didn't think it was for her - but as time went on, she decided she would do what it took to help strangers become parents.

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Social surrogacy rids mums of the 'inconvenience' of pregnancy

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Surrogate mothers help women who can't carry their own baby achieve their dreams of motherhood. But a growing number of women in the US are seeking the services of a surrogate simply because they don't like the idea of going through pregnancy and childbirth themselves.

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A mum at last, Nicki's not giving up now

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Kellyanne Morrison After 14 years of infertility, Nicki and Tony finally became parents when Nicki's sister gave them a child. Less than a year later came a crushing blow - but Nicki's not giving up without a fight.

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'Egg yolk' treatment ends mum's miscarriage heartbreak

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Lorraine Donakey thought she might never become a mum after six miscarriages. But after undergoing a new treatment which involves the use of a substance containing egg yolk, she now has a healthy baby girl.

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Woman with transplant womb undergoes embryo transfer

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Richard Orange A woman is on course to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her body.

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Choosing my partner over motherhood

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Genevieve Van Eden I have always loved children and dreamt of becoming a mother. But my life has taken a different course.

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Swedish doctors transplant nine wombs

Doctors in Sweden have transplanted wombs into nine women.

Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.

'So, whose fault is it?'

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GREER BERRY One of the first things people tend to ask me when they know that we're going through fertility treatment is (in a quiet, almost apologetic voice), "So, um ... whose fault is it?"

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Claims of 'virgin births' in the US

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In a new US study, nearly one per cent of young women who became pregnant claimed to have done so as virgins.

The beautiful cervix project

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JO HARTLEY The website itself describes the project as ‘a form of self-empowerment and education’, and offers women the opportunity to buy a self exam kit.

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The new young mums

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Nicole Thomson-Pride As the average age of women giving birth trends upwards, a new group of mothers has emerged: the 'new young mums’. Nicole Thomson-Pride writes what motherhood is like for women who have babies in their early twenties.

Fertility expert: 'Egg Timer Test is unreliable'

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Ellen Connolly A popular fertility test designed to tell a woman how long she has left to fall pregnant is providing inaccurate and misleading results, according to an Australian fertility expert.

Most Americans think women should be mums by 25

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Jessica Grose A new poll shows that the majority of Americans think that in an ideal world, women should start having children by age 25.

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Why we need to talk about male fertility more often

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SARAH BERRY Men have biological clocks too, it turns out. But because we live in a society obsessed with male virility, it is a taboo topic.

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'I'm a sperm donor'

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Paul van Reyk Paul van Reyk doesn't recall wanting to have children, but has donated sperm to more than a dozen women. Some of those children call him 'Dad', while others don't. He tells his story.

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IVA part of the great fertility revolution

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Victoria Lambert The experimental treatments that today’s fertility scientists keep coming up with are astonishing - such as IVA, a new treatment for women who experience premature menopause.

Woman accused of impregnating maid with husband's sperm

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Nicole Pryor A New Zealand woman has been accused of secretly injecting her husband's sperm into their maid in a bizarre Dubai court case.

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Muslim cleric says driving damages ovaries

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A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems.

Coping with secondary infertility

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CATHERINE RODIE Although it's not as common as primary infertility, it's estimated that as many as one in 10 couples experience secondary infertility.

Clearing the confusion on contraception

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M.J. Angel Choosing the right contraception method for many women can feel like playing hormonal Russian roulette. Contraception isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.

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New 'sleeping beauty' contraceptive

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Natasha Wallace Female contraceptive simultaneously paralyses sperm and protects from sexually transmitted diseases.

Video: A happy twist for Mary Coustas

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Staff writers Mary Coustas has reason to smile again. Watch the moment she announces that she is pregnant and due in December.

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Our long and winding fertility journey

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Nicole Salinas I’m pregnant with my third baby. Many would read that and think ‘so what?’ but there was a dark and difficult time when I thought I would never have children of my own.

Meet 'the sperm whisperer'

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Staff writers A New York urologist dubbed "the sperm whisperer" says he's seen a dramatic rise in the number of men who are freezing their sperm for use later in life.

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The children I've never known

Mary Coustas & George Betsis

Actor and comedian Mary Coustas explains how her longing to be a mother ended in tragedy.

When kids don't happen

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Lori Carson I'll always wonder what it might have been like to have a child, but I know that no one gets to live out all her dreams. It's tempting to wonder "what if", but I think the choices we make are probably built into who we are.

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How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

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