Parents seek biological child after embryo mix-up

Newborn baby boy (stock image).

BEVAN HURLEY AND STEVE KILGALLON A New Zealand couple are seeking answers after their embryos were swapped in a mix-up at a Thai fertility hospital and their surrogate gave birth to someone else's child.


The contest that takes advantage of desperate couples


KERRI SACKVILLE who would use the pain of infertility as an advertising tool? Who would take the personal tragedies of infertile couples to promote their own business?

'We need sperm!': Couple's unusual Facebook plea

Ashleigh Habgood and Alley Williams say they are in the best place to have a baby of their own.

Nicole Lawton Two women have turned to social media to find the perfect DNA for their future baby.

New IVF test to choose best quality embryos


Staff writers and wires A new test promises to improve IVF success rates by helping determine which embryos are most likely to lead to the birth of a baby following implantation.

Couples turn to fundraising for IVF to avoid debt

Jessica Holdaway and Rebecca Gribble have set up a fundraising page to raise $15,000 for IVF treatment.

Cate Broughton Couples struggling to fulfil their baby dreams are turning to public fundraising to avoid falling into a cycle of debt.

The story behind the photo of baby surrounded by syringes


Staff writers Anyone who has been through IVF knows what a difficult journey it can be – financially, physically, and emotionally.

Wannabe dads left behind in IVF debate


KATHERINE FEENEY If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we're ready for another miracle - genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.


The new wave of virgins giving birth


Laura Donnelly Dozens of young women have had virgin births after undergoing IVF in Britain, it has been reported.

'It just seemed like the impossible': cancer survivor's miracle baby

Aden, Jodie and their baby Evie.

Margaret Scheikowski Baby Evie belongs to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.

Embryo adoption to create a village of siblings for Lexie

Natalie Lovett is hope to create a village of siblings for 18-month-old Lexie.

LETITIA ROWLANDS After years of battling to become a mother herself, Natalie Lovett knew she couldn't destroy her embryos - so her plan for the most unique mother's group in the country began.

IVF success 'effectively zero' for women over 45

One in 25 babies born in Australia are conceived through IVF treatment.

MISA HAN IVF technology is making little progress in the treatment of older women and the pregnancy rate for women using their own eggs over the age of 45 remains "effectively zero", fertility experts say.

IVF success with frozen embryos is on the rise

IVF using frozen embryos is as successful as fresh embryo cycles.

LETITIA ROWLANDS  IVF cycles carried out with frozen embryos are now just as successful as those conducted using fresh embryos, new data reveals.

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring

A rich donor is begging the Andrews government to keep his identity secret from the 24 children he's fathered.

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

Whether or not to tell children their birth was the result of donated sperm is confronting an increasing number of parents.

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.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns


Staff writers and AAP A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

Worth the wait: our miracle baby via embryo adoption

After 10 years of trying for a baby, Cara and John finally became parents to baby James.

Alison Bradshaw After 10 years of trying for a baby, Cara and her husband John tried an alternative route to parenthood.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibility are essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

Loretta Houlahan Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

Why I just can’t throw out our frozen sperm

Destroying donor sperm is an emotional decision.

Melissa Castro Wyatt Is it the thought of never again gasping at the sight of an embryonic heartbeat on an inky black screen? Never holding another frail newborn against my chest?

IVF patients in the dark over which clinics are least successful

Sarah and James Leury with their three-month-old son Jack.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Expecting: Glenn McGrath and Sara Leonardi-McGrath.

INGA TING Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

I gave birth to my brother’s baby


Melissa Castro Wyatt I gave birth to a child who is biologically my nephew, but whose love and lopsided smile fulfill everything I could ever want for in life.

The parents getting videos of their babies right from conception

This image shows the creation of Pixie, daughter of Sally and Stephen Morley.

Staff writers IVF mums and dads are able to collect video and picture keepsakes right from the moment of conception.

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.

Genetic 'miracle baby' born after trailblazing IVF

Gabriel and Carmen with their son Lucas, 3 months, today.

Sarah Knapton A new method that screens embryos for more than 200 disorders is already making dreams come true.

The new way to meet your baby's other parent

baby on laptop

Jo Hartley A rise in co-parenting and donor websites are giving wannabe parents an alternative way to meet their future child's mum or dad.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch


JO HARTLEY A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.


'Is that baby yours?'

The shape of a family: Sarah, Max, Marie and Olive.

Marie Holmes She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.

The truth about IVF


JO HARTLEY In what other instance would you ever happily pay for your husband to ‘produce’ a sample and let a team of people examine your vagina on a regular basis?


NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

Limits changed: An IVF embryo.

KIRSTY NEEDHAM A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

Kristy Kirchner and her husband Royce.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Crowdfunding for a baby

Asking strangers to help fund fertility treatment or adoption is becoming more common.

Paige Cornwell Nick and Stephanie Fattal desperately want to have a baby.

Finding a positive path through IVF

Having a glass-half-full approach to IVF can make a big difference to the experience.

VICTORIA BIRCH It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

LETITIA ROWLANDS A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Sonia Kruger speaks out against IVF stigma

Small antipasto, stuffed sardines and calamari with parsley salt at Rosa's Kitchen.

PAUL KALINA Sonia Kruger speaks about how her ''miracle baby'' is actually all about science.

Single, 51 and pregnant

tracy khan

LETITIA ROWLANDS Tracey Kahn didn't realise she wanted to become a mother until she was well into her 40s. Now 51, she is pregnant with her second child.

A daughter's search to find her sperm donor father

Sarah Dingle who has been trying to find her genetic father who was a donor and all records from Royal North Shore Hospital have been destroyed.
21st July 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Sarah Dingle was in her late 20s when she learnt she had been conceived using a sperm donor. Shock gave way to disbelief when she discovered there's no way of finding out who her biological father really is.

Stigma still attached to IVF

Many people believe there is still a stigma attached to using IVF to create a family.

Leah McLennan Despite the fact 12,000 Australian babies are born thanks to IVF each year, many women still feel there is a social stigma attached to the fertility treatment. Experts say it is time for this attitude to change.

IVF costs slashed at new clinic


LETITIA ROWLANDS For people struggling to become parents IVF can be a blessing, but it's also a costly process. Now a new clinic is offering cut-price treatment.


A family's journey from heartbreak to sheer joy

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Rochelle Moore Julia and Lee Newton faced one of their darkest moments when they realised they couldn't have more children. Then a friend offered the gift of a lifetime.

Second time lucky: conceiving naturally after IVF

second time

JO HARTLEY One in three Australian women who have their first baby with the help of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF, fall pregnant again without treatment within two years.


I fell pregnant after my husband passed away

Sunday Life. Husband's sperm story. 
Katie Elfar with sons Oscar,4, and beau, 15 weeks. 
Photo: Edwina Pickles.  27th May 2014.

Erin O'Dwyer Although Katie Elfar's husband was no longer with her, she says that having a baby using his frozen sperm was the best decision she ever made.


The IVF letter we dread


JO HARTLEY You can often never have a full understanding of what’s involved in certain situations until you're in them - like choosing when to let go of your frozen embryos.

American woman sets record as oldest IVF mum


A 46-year-old American has become the oldest woman to have a baby through IVF using her own fresh, unfrozen, eggs.

Choosing to be a solo parent

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JO HARTLEY Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins


An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.


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Life would be harder without my kids

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Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

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Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

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Inside my Centrelink nightmare

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Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

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Family may sue cousin over genetics

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Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

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Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

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