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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Reader's story

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

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

IVF not so effective after five cycles

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MELANIE MAHONEY There is little chance of pregnancy after the fifth round of IVF treatment, a national report has found.

Why I'm open about my IVF treatments

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KASEY EDWARDS Many women feel the need to keep their fertility treatment a secret, and that's fine, but I'm taking a stand and talking about our journey.

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Australian woman receives groundbreaking ovarian tissue transplant

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AMY CORDEROY An infertile Australian woman is pregnant with twins after growing eggs in ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen.

Psychologist calls for stricter controls on IVF

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

Success varies for IVF clinics

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AMY CORDEROY The chance of getting pregnant using IVF could depend on what clinic you are using, new statistics show.

Britain to green-light first 'three-parent baby'

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Nick Collins Britain will become the first country in the world to create babies with the DNA of three people, to avoid passing on a range of hereditary conditions.

Women warned not to rely on IVF as more give birth in their 50s

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Melissa Davey, Philip Ly The number of Australian women giving birth in their 50s has more than doubled over five years, despite doctors warning against relying on IVF.

Discount IVF can come at a cost

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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.

The baby makers

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Melody McCabe There are some very special people who have an incredibly important, highly stressful occupation: they are the baby makers, also known as embryologists.

"I yearned for a daughter": Meet a family who travelled overseas for IVF gender selection

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COSIMA MARRINER After seven boys, one mum turned to a US clinic to conceive daughters.

Our IVF journey: Taking care of each other

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I'm sticking up for the boys here a little bit here, but throughout our IVF experiences we can sometimes overlook our partner's feelings. And that's not fair.

Our IVF journey: What does this mean?

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As the two week wait comes to an end, our blogger experiences a few unexpected twists and turns.

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Our IVF journey: The waiting game

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Our blogger has undergone egg collection; next comes the embryo transfer and the stressful waiting game.

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IVF: the great leveller

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JEN VUK There's one thing women going through IVF can rely on: each other. And this even applies when the women in question is the controversial UK columnist Samantha Brick, writes Jen Vuk.

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Freeze eggs early to boost pregnancy chances later

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AMY CORDEROY Women who freeze their eggs in their early 30s are more than six times as likely as older women to be able to successfully use them later, a fertility conference has heard.

Elusive ingredient a roadblock to fertile ambitions

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Jacob Atkins As technology makes IVF more viable for many women, new laws have resulted in fewer men wanting to be sperm donors. What can be done to change the trend?

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What to do with excess embryos?

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Claire Thompson At the beginning of their IVF journey, EB blogger Prue Corlette and her husband planned to donate their leftover embryos to another family in need. Now they’re not so sure.

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US eggs shipped to Australian women

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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.

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A man's guide to IVF

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CHRISTOPHER SCANLON If you ever wanted proof that God is a man, just have a look at IVF, says a man who has been through the process with his wife.

Why I donated my eggs

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AMY GRAY It's an amazing gift to give, and puts the donor - as well as the receiver - through the wringer. A mum explains why she donated her eggs to strangers.

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The IVF myth

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Harriet Alexander with staff writers What should become of remaining embryos after the death of a partner?

Flying solo: more single women choosing IVF

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COSIMA MARRINER Single women in their late 30s are increasingly giving up waiting for "Mr Right", instead turning to IVF to have a baby alone.

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Why we just can't let go of our last embryo

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JEN VUK In the same week I read about a soaring demand for donated embryos, we received our quarterly storage invoice. There are more than 100,000 frozen embryos - including ours, our last one - in storage in Australia and yet demand is now ''outstripping supply by about 20 to one, meaning hundreds of people are on waiting lists at IVF clinics hoping for an embryo'', as Fairfax reported earlier this month.

The debate on IVF for older woman

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Mianna Lotz Should older women - including those who are menopausal, or even post-menopausal - be able to access infertility treatment? And is age really the biggest concern?

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Lara and her 53 half-siblings

Gail Pascoe and daughter Lara.

Eileen Ormsby and EB staff writers Gail Pascoe's daughter was conceived using donor sperm. How much does she need to know about her biological father and 53 siblings?

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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.

Britain's youngest parents: mother 12, father 13

A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain’s youngest parents, after the birth of their baby girl earlier this week.

When Prince George met Bilby George

Prince George has met an Aussie marsupial named after him in his first official engagement in Australia.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Pregnant woman dies after doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

When a UK woman went to hospital suffering appendicitis, doctors mistakenly removed her healthy ovary - with tragic consequences.

The milestones I can't wait to celebrate

Nothing can beat the feeling of witnessing that first smile, first step and first word - but here's a list of 'firsts' I'm really looking forward to now.

How you develop in your baby's first year

Just as babies undergo rapid growth as they learn and change in their first year, we’re learning and changing quickly as parents, too. Don’t underestimate the developmental stages you go through when you have a baby.

Can you make your baby smarter even before birth?

A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.

How a mother's love helped unearth the skills of an autistic savant

Autistic savant Ping Lian Yeak, a prodigious artist who has had his work shown all over the world, couldn't have done it without the support and love of his proud mum.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

A tiny heart: a baby’s death gives life to another

Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere, a little girl’s heart is beating today because of him.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what’s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Why is childbirth still such a pain?

The options given to women to help them cope in labour have barely changed in years.

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