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Couch time

Relax, have a coffee, connect and listen to the amazing journey of one lady who wanted a family and decided to create her family as a solo parent.  


Are you thinking of using a donor egg or donor sperm?  Wondering how you would tell your child their background? Have you wondered what it will be like for the donor child growing up?  Hear the story of two donor grown ups, what it was like growing up, their experience and how their parents told them.


We're so honored to have a surrogate share their story with visitors.  Hear why they decided to become a surrogate and the impact to all those involved.


This is a great opportunity to put forward your questions to a panel of fertility experts from different fields, openly or anonymously.


Couch Time timetable, please see below

Couch time timetable

Saturday 17 August

Let's Discuss Using a Sperm Donor

10.15am - 10.45am

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Saturday 17 August

Let's Discuss Using a Sperm Donor

Two women, two different stories, one thing common, they used a sperm donor.  Ella, organiser of All About Fertility shares her journey and wanting to break stigmas surrounding the use of donors and Shona, an amazing lady who desired to have children of her own and decided to use a sperm donor and have children on her own.

10.15am - 10.45am

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Saturday 17 August

Monash IVF Donor Program

10.45am - 11.00am

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Saturday 17 August

Monash IVF Donor Program

Jan McKenzie, Senior Fertility Nurse at Monash IVF donor program.  Jan talks about the donor program and everything in-between.

10.45am - 11.00am

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Saturday 17 August

Surrogacy Australia

11.00am - 11.45am

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Saturday 17 August

Surrogacy Australia

Sam Everingham from Surrogacy Australia continues the discussion on donors and speaks to a donor and their motivations to become a donor and meet the adults conceived from donors.

11.00am - 11.45am

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Saturday 17 August

Katia Shares Her Journey

1.00pm - 1.30pm

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Saturday 17 August

Katia Shares Her Journey

Katia's journey started as a teenager and continued into adulthood.  Hear the doctors diagnosis and what her next steps are.

1.00pm - 1.30pm

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Saturday 17 August

Surrogacy Australia

1.30pm - 2.15pm

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Saturday 17 August

Surrogacy Australia

Sam Everingham talks about Surrogacy Australia.  Sam welcomes to the stage a surrogate and two sets of parents that have used a surrogate.

1.30pm - 2.15pm

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