Making Babies: personal IVF stories

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Scribe Publications Pty Limited, Sep 3, 2007 - Medical - 208 pages

Around 15 per cent of couples in various Western countries suffer from infertility. Every year thousands try IVF and other assisted-reproduction techniques, but only about a third go home with a baby in their arms. IVF now accounts for 3 per cent of all births in Australia, and the numbers are similar in other developed countries.

Making Babies tells the stories behind the statistics, inside the world of egg harvesting, blatocyst transferral, and hormone injections. Here are fourteen personal memoirs of IVF survivors: many are inspiring, some are heartbreaking, and others are miraculous. From single mothers, to long-term heterosexual and gay couples, Making Babies presents an array of experiences from those who have been touched by the incredible possibilities that are opened up by IVF technology.

Within this remarkable collection of memoirs are stories of personal endurance, loss, unwavering dedication and sacrifice and, above all, confirmation of the inexplicable love that stems from the act of becoming a parent — whether through natural means, reproductive technology, surrogacy, or adoption.

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About the author (2007)

Theresa Miller has twenty years’ experience in the media. Her first job was as a reporter for Channel Nine News in Adelaide. She then moved to Europe for six years where she worked as a producer for Good Morning Britain, BskyB’s 24-hour news channel, and The European Business Channel, and reported for the CNN World Report. Since her return to Sydney, Theresa has freelanced as a reporter, presenter, and producer for Channels Nine, Seven, SBS, and ABC TV.

In 2000, Theresa was a media adviser to the Sydney lord mayor during the Olympics. Since then she’s worked as a media trainer and journalism lecturer, and produces for ABC Radio National’s ‘Life Matters’.

Theresa has also appeared in numerous theatre productions, TV soaps and commercials. She and her husband Stuart live in Sydney with their IVF daughter, ZoŽ, and their recently born ‘home grown’ baby, Sienna.

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