Fertility First recommends the following resources concerning fertility and fertility problems. They are in no specific order of recommendation.
New Legislation commences on the 1st January 2010
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007 and the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation 2009 will commence on 1 January 2010. If your treatment involves the use of donor gametes, we would highly recommend that you take the time to familiarise yourself with these documents, both of which can be downloaded from the NSW Government websitewww.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
Fertility Facts – for Men and Women
Covers lifestyle factors that can enhance or reduce your chances of conceiving.
Covers the Fertility Fitness program, which aims to enhance a woman’s fertility and self-esteem, prior to starting any treatment program, through weight loss, exercise and psychological support.
Covers the counselling services offered at Fertility First, offers some general tips for coping and provides information about the Unit counsellor and the Fertility Feelings program. The program is a 10 week course to reduce anxiety and depression levels, with the aim of enhancing your chances of conceiving, your relationship and your ability to deal with treatment cycles.
The Baby Chase
Australian Women’s Weekly, ph 02 9282 8000
Labours of Eve – Women’s Experience of Infertility
Katherine Barnby, Boxtree, Great Britain, 1995
Why Me? – The Real-Life Guide to Infertility
Loraine Brown, Simon and Schuster, Australia, 1998
Reproductive Technology – The Science, The Ethics, The Law and The Social Issues
Dr Karen Dawson, VCTA Publishing (Macmillan Education Aust), 1994
How I Began – The Story of Donor Insemination
A guide for children prepared by NSW Infertility Counsellors Group.
Copies are available through the FSA Secretariat, ACTS, GPO 2200, Canberra, ACT, 2600
Battles with the Baby Gods – Infertility: Stories of Hope
Personal stories of how couples approached infertility and its treatments.
Amanda Hampson, Transworld, Australia, 1998
Infertility – The Emotional Journey
Michelle Hanson, Deaconnes Press, Minneapolis, 1994
Lorraine Henderson, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991
Professor Robert Jansen, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1997
Male Infertility – Men Talking
Mary-Claire Mason, Routledge Press, London 1993
Francesca Naish, Sally Milner Publishing, Burra Creek, 1991
Loss of a Baby – Understanding Maternal Grief
Margaret Nicol, Bartram, Sydney, 1989
Be My Family – A Guide to Adoption in Australia
Susan Powell, Harper Collins, Victoria 1995
When You Can’t Have A Child
Personal stories of living through infertility and childlessness.
Susan Powell and Helen Stagoll, Allen and Unwin, Victoria, 1992
Linda Saltzer, Harper, New York, 1991
The Artificial Family – A Consideration of Artificial Insemination by Donor
Robert Snowden, Unwin, New York, 1983
IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation
Carl Wod, Hill of Content, Melbourne, 1992
A selection of information videos is available at Fertility First. They cover general information about fertility problems, how couples can deal with infertility emotionally and medically and videos of some technical aspects.