At Hunter IVF, we provide a comprehensive and supportive donor program to help couples and individuals who need to use donor eggs, sperm or embryos as part of their fertility treatment.
For some couples, this can be their only chance to conceive a baby. It also makes it possible for single women and same sex couples to have a family. It is a relatively simple medical procedure, but there are many complex and sometime emotional decisions to make throughout the process.
Our dedicated donor team, in partnership with IVF Australia, offer guidance and support to help both donors and recipients make considered and informed decisions.
Ethical and legal considerations
We adhere closely to the national Australian Health Ethics Committee guidelines for all fertility treatment, including our donor program.
Under current NSW law, a child born from a donated egg or sperm is deemed to be the child of the birth mother. Donors are under no legal or financial obligation to the child.
In 2010 the NSW Health Department established the NSW Health Central ART Donor Register , which contains information about donors and children born as a result of ART treatment using donated gametes (sperm and egg) and surrogacy. Once these children turn 18, their parents and donors will be able to access certain information on the Register.
Under the Surrogacy Bill 2010, the commissioning couple can apply for the parentage of the child from the surrogacy arrangement to be transferred to them. The child is deemed to be the child of the birth mother until the parentage order legally takes effect.
We do not offer a donor service for women beyond the age of natural menopause (51 years) or to someone whose health could be compromised by a pregnancy.
It is illegal in Australia to intentionally receive, or offer to receive, payment for donation, other than travel and medical expenses actually incurred.
Our experience shows the more openly available the information for children conceived via donated sperm and eggs, the more successful the outcome is for everyone. However, it is up to the parents of the child to explain the way in which the child was conceived.
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