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When is an appropriate time to tell the children how they were conceived? What are things to consider?

Tips on how to approach this conversation, when and what to say so that parents feel more confident and children can understand the unique way in which they came into this world.

Kate Bourne, Donor Register Services Manager, from VARTA joins Family Matters to discuss the importance of talking about donor conception and surrogacy with children.

Kate has worked as an infertility counsellor since the early 1990’s with a special interest in donor conception. As the Donor Registers Services Manager for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), she connects donor-conceived people, donors and parents.

Kate runs a peer support group for donor-conceived adults and organises the annual Time to Tell seminar to help parents to talk to their kids about how they became a family. Kate is the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellor’s Association (ANZICA) and is a Board member of the Fertility Society of Australia. Kate has also published in peer reviewed journals and textbooks, spoken at Australian and international conferences, and written the children’s book, Sometimes it Takes Three to Make a Baby.

For more information and resources on how to start that conversation head to www.varta.org.au


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