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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

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Public welcome outside church for Princess Charlotte's christening

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited well-wishers to see Princess Charlotte outside church in Sandringham on day of her baptism.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

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My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

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

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

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