IVF

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

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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

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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

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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.

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'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

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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?

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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

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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.
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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I fell pregnant after my husband passed away

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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.

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The IVF letter we dread

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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

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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

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

Older women travelling to Europe for cheaper IVF

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ALEXANDRA SMITH More and more Aussie women in their late 40s and even 50s are travelling to Greece and Spain to get pregnant with cheaper IVF and looser laws.

Breakthrough a big boost for IVF success

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Matt Stewart A new technique could boost the chances of predicting a successful IVF pregnancy by as much as 90 per cent.

IVF babies grow up just the same

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The health risks faced by babies conceived via In Vitro Fertilisation have been well publicised. Now researchers have looked at whether health concerns linger into adulthood for IVF children.

Couples with unexplained infertility could be rushing into IVF, doctors say

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Kate Hagan Providing IVF treatment for unexplained infertility may be leading to overtreatment of couples who could go on to conceive naturally, a group of fertility doctors has argued.

Putting intelligence on the designer baby wishlist

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Letitia Rowlands A healthy baby is what every parent wishes for. But will couples one day be able to guarantee their baby is also born intelligent?

Sperm-swap nightmare at fertility clinic

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Lauren F. Friedman Couples trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination may have been victims of a disturbed fertility clinic worker in the US.

Assisted conceptions have more risk of serious complications

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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.

Having a baby at 47

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Jenny Sinclair We were just getting some freedom back in our lives; now we're back at square one with its midnight horrors and 24/7 responsibilities.

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Why IVF parents are choosing girls over boys

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AMY CORDEROY Parents are increasingly asking to choose the sex of their children in an attempt to lower their baby's risk of diseases ranging from cancer to autism, IVF doctors say.

Baby born four months after mum loses cancer battle

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Letitia Rowlands A baby girl will be surrounded by family members this Christmas - the only exception will be her mother, who lost her life to cancer four months before her daughter was born via surrogate.

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Our first Christmas with our 'wee miracle'

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Janelle Shaw Finally, after so many years of trying, we're having our first Christmas as a family.

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Prenatal autism screening: a step forward or back?

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Andrew Whitehouse Health authorities in Western Australia have given approval for IVF clinics to ‘screen’ embryos to reduce the chances of a couple having a child with autism. But is this a good thing?

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How to IVF-proof your relationship

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KASEY EDWARDS IVF takes its toll on your body, your emotional state, your finances, and sometimes, your relationship. Here are some tips on how to reduce the collateral damage to your relationship during your IVF journey.

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Dreams fulfilled as donor use soars

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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.

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Couple tries crowdfunding for IVF baby

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Patrick Williams Kimberleigh and Joel Earle need your help to make a baby.

Police checks for IVF patients 'absurd and illogical'

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CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Victorian couples undergoing assisted reproduction are treated like criminals, according to one dad who's been through the "absurd and illogical" process.

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Surrogacy for cash on the rise

(L) Halimah Shams, Kabir Khaira 8mths and Sanjeet Khaira.

AMY CORDEROY Heterosexual couples appear to have overtaken gay men as the biggest users of overseas commercial surrogacy, a groundbreaking study has found.

Forums

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When trying just hasn't worked, find information, support, advice on assisted conception from our EB members here.

Blogs

Needles and natural killer cells

I thought I would do a bit of a run-down on what is involved with a fresh IVF cycle, because unless you have done it, why would you know? It's easy for some, difficult for others, both emotionally and physically.

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

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Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

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65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

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What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

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Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

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Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

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Coping with fatigue as a parent

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A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

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'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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