Using donor material

Some couples need to use donated eggs, sperm or embryos to have a baby. This is called donor conception and I explain the processes involved in Chapter 13.

When donor sperm was first used some 40 years ago to inseminate a woman whose partner was infertile, the common wisdom was that the procedure was best kept secret and no-one — including a child born as a result of the treatment — should be told that donor sperm was used. Today, attitudes have changed: Most people believe a child has the right to know his or her genetic origin and so more and more countries are introducing legislation to allow young adults to find out information about the donor.

In Australia laws concerning donor conception vary between the states and territories. I outline the main points of difference in Chapter 13.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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