Using a Donor

In This Chapter

^ Adding a donor to your family tree ^ Transferring the donor material ^ Considering the legal side of donor conception ^ Making sure donor conception is right for you ^ Locating the right donor ^ Working out how to tell your child o-called third-party reproduction is an option you may want to consider if you can't use your own sperm or eggs (or both). The most recent data available from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that about 650 babies are born annually in Australia and New Zealand as a result of donor gametes (sperm or eggs) or embryos. From a technical viewpoint, using donated gametes or embryos to help a couple to conceive is quite straightforward, but the psychological, social and legal aspects of gamete donation are much more complex.

In this chapter, I discuss why you may need a donor, the process for donor treatment and the legal side of donor conception. I also outline what you can expect from counselling, how you find a donor and how you decide who to tell about your donor conception, and when.

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