Whilst I have supplied information in regard to Egg Donation on pages here on my website, below is a comprehensive list of sites that can provide information in regard to; relevant acts and regulations, donor conception support, support and places to potentially find your Egg Donor Angel as well as support pages for the journey going forwards xox:
General Infertility and Donor Conceived:
Access – is Australia’s National Fertility Network. This is a great resource and helps with information about choosing an IVF clinic as well as sourcing further information and support networks.
Fertility Society of Australia – predominantly a website for the IVF specialists and clinics and the members but a source of potential information and a place to address any issues in regard to the industry. Here you can see a list of IVF clinics for each state.
VARTA – A great website for information, resources and support in regard to Victoria’s regulation for IVF and egg/sperm/embryo donation and surrogacy.
VARTA’s purpose and regulatory role
The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority regulates fertility clinics and prioritises the best interests of people receiving treatment and their future children.
VARTA also helps people understand what they can do to improve their chance of a baby, and supports people involved in donor conception to achieve their information needs and connection preferences.
Donor Children Australia – Facebook group for Australian parents that have donor conceived children and want to connect and potentially find donor connections.
Donor Conception Network – Parent led: child focused. Supporting donor conception families for almost 30 years. A supportive UK charity network providing fabulous resources including a huge range of books, booklets and information.
Parents Via Egg Donation PVED – was created to provide an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the egg donation process. Their mission is to educate, support, and empower families and individuals at any stage of the process who choose to use egg donation to build a family.
Support group/forums websites:
Egg Donor Angels – this website 🙂 xox
Aussie Egg Donors – A support group that is a forum for potential donors and recipients and also creates awareness for egg donation
Egg Donation Australia – A charity that is also run as a forum where you can share your journey whether you are an egg donor or recipient
Facebook Support Groups:
Egg Donor Angels – a Facebook group to talk about IVF, Egg Donation, Infertility, Embryo & Sperm Donation and offer support – this is a closed group, no-one can see what is posted on there unless you are a member. To become a member you need to request to join. This group is mainly made up of people from Australia and New Zealand looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel, however we have people from all over the world in this group. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support only xox.
Egg Donor Angels Australia Facebook Group – This group is for people from looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support only xox.
Egg Donor Angels US Facebook Group – This group is for people from the US looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support only xox.
Egg Donor Angels Canada Facebook Group – This group is for people from the US looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support only xox.
Egg Donor Angels UK Facebook Group. – This group is for people from the UK looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support
Egg Donor Angels NZ Facebook Group – This group is for people from the UK looking for their Egg Donor Angel or wanting to be an Egg Donor Angel. It’s a safe place to chat and offer support, no advertising or promotion is allowed within this group. Also please do not approach potential Egg Donors within the group unless initiated by the Egg Donor as this group is meant to be a safe place to chat and offer support
Egg Donor Angels Recipient Only Support Group – This group is for recipients only. It includes people that are looking for their Egg Donor Angel, have their Egg Donor Angel, are going through the process or have been through the egg donation journey. It’s a safe place for recipients to chat and offer support. Sorry no donors xox and admin is done by recipients.
Egg Donor Angels Donors Only Support Group – This group is for donors only. It includes people that are looking at being an Egg Donor Angel or have been an Egg Donor Angel, and/or are going through the process. It’s a safe place for donors to chat and offer support. Sorry no recipients xox and admin is done by donors only except for me as this is my “baby” :).
Egg Donor Angels International Donor Options – this group is for recipients considering going overseas for an egg donor cycle. It’s a safe place to chat about IVF clinics in countries such as South Africa and Greece and talk to people who have been there.
Egg Donor Angels Parents of Donor Conceived Children Support Group – this group is for parents that have donor conceived children to chat and offer support through the next phase of this journey.
Egg Donor Angels Parents of South African Donor Conceived Children Support Group – this group is for parents that have South African donor conceived children to chat and offer support through the next phase of this journey.
Sperm Donation Australia Info – a Facebook group for people to connect and talk about Sperm Donation
Australia Embyro Donation – A Facebook group for potential donors and recipients of Embyro’s
IVF Support Group – a Facebook Group for anyone going through IVF
Donor Children Australia – Facebook group for Australian parents that have donor conceived children and want to connect and potentially find donor connections.
Websites to advertise for an Egg Donor on or access an egg donor:
Bub Hub – Great website for information about Conception, Birth & Pregnancy and also has a forum you can advertise for a donor on
Belly Belly – A great place to find information on Conception, Birth & Pregnancy.
Egg Donation Australia – A charity that is also run as a forum where you can share your journey whether you are an egg donor or recipient
South African Clinics and donor agencies:
Cape Fertility South Africa – IVF clinic South Africa
Hart IVF – IVF clinic in Cape Town
Aevetis Fertility Clinic IVF – IVF clinic in Cape Town
Fembryo – IVF clinic in Port Elizabeth South Africa
Grace Donors – donor agency South Africa and the UK
Other Czech Clinics can be found on this website
Spain Options & Information:
Other countries to consider for overseas egg/sperm/embryo donation are:
USA including Hawaii – can be expensive
Ukraine – Was a good option but need to be mindful of the current situation there.
Russia – Again need to be mindful of the current situation there.
Websites that offer an Egg Donor service at a $ cost, mostly using The World Egg Bank:
Many IVF clinics in Australia offer access to The World Egg Bank TWEB but at a $$$$ cost. The World Egg Bank (TWEB) in the USA has been recruiting egg donors since 1996. They’ve been shipping eggs across the world to meet demand for egg donors since 2004. Clinics that are in partnership with TWEB means can help you import frozen donor eggs from the USA. Always do your due diligence when importing frozen eggs from overseas, making sure you read all the information in regard to how many eggs you get and any guarantee if you don’t get any viable embryo’s etc.
Egg Donors Australia – an initiative of City Fertility Centre to provide egg donors but at a $ cost (donors are paid $5,000 for each donation therefore this cost will be covered by the recipients) with clinics in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. They also have a sperm donor and embryo donor program as well. In an effort to reduce the average year-long patient waiting period for donor eggs from its Australian egg donor bank (Egg Donors Australia), City Fertility has recently formed a partnership with US egg bank, The World Egg Bank.
Egg Donors Australia – An IVF clinic that has a donor egg program at a $ cost.
Rainbow Fertility – Rainbow Fertility has joined The World Egg and Sperm Bank (TWESB) in a partnership to provide those who do not produce eggs or cannot use the eggs they produce, with the opportunity to experience pregnancy and to bear a child. The donated eggs can also be used in surrogacy to help others achieve their dream of parenthood (depending on state legislation).
Monash IVF – Monash IVF can assist you with accessing donor eggs by: using a known egg donors or importing eggs from overseas via The World Egg Bank.
Genea World Egg Bank program – Genea has partnerships with international sperm and egg banks and we can also guide patients who are using their own known donors. Speak with our dedicated donor team so they can help you every baby step through the process.
Embyro Donation IVF Australia – Run by IVF Australia, Embryo Donors is an online community of people that are actively considering embryo donation. It has been designed to help facilitate connections between potential recipients and donors in a secure, private space.
QLD Fertility Group – Have a donor registration list for embryo donation, to find out more about their donor embryo program, get in touch with the Queensland Fertility Group Donor Embryo Program coordinators on 1800 111 483 (IVF).
If you are looking for an Embryo donation or you want to donate your Embryo’s also chat to your IVF clinic that they are stored at or your local IVF clinic, they may have an Embryo Donor Program.
In regard to donating Embryo’s from donated sperm or donated eggs normally can not be on donated, nor can donated embryo’s be on donated, however with the central register for donor conceived children, this can be evaluated on an individual basis.
Surrogacy in Australia:
Surrogacy Australia – an incorporated not for profit association registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria. Supports Australians who are planning or are already parents using a surrogacy arrangement. You can become a member and they will give you information on going overseas for a surrogate as well as information, seminars and support on this journey. They also have a Facebook Group that you can join as well.
Altruistic Surrogacy – part of Fertility Connections.
Surrogacy NSW – Surrogacy Legal Advice for Parents – legal firm that specialise in surrogacy laws in NSW
Family Legal Sydney – legal firm that specialises in surrogacy and adoption in NSW
Surrogacy and Adoption Blog – great blog by Stephen Page, a solicitor whom specialises in adoption and surrogacy for Australia and Australians going overseas
Sage Lawyers – information about sperm donation and birth certificates and legalities
USA California State Laws for Surrogacy – Modern Family Surrogacy Centre
Stephen Page – Page Proven – Stephen is a director of Page Provan family and fertility lawyers in Brisbane. He is highly regarded as the leading surrogacy lawyer in Australia and one of Brisbane’s most respected LGBTIQ friendly lawyers. Stephen has written and presented at conferences around the world.
Stephen’s first surrogacy case was in 1988. Since then he has appeared in courts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia on surrogacy matters- the only lawyer to have done so.
Stephen has been a Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has practiced in all areas of family law and has three sub-specialties :
Stephen is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He is an international representative on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the American Bar Association.
Stephen graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1985 from the then Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT). In 1987 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 1989 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia. In 2013 Stephen was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
Sarah was shortlisted for the Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019 in two categories – Thought Leader and Sole Practitioner of the Year. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Australian Law Awards for Innovator of the Year.
Sarah advocates for positive, empowered, best practice altruistic surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provides support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy. Through her work as a lawyer, Sarah promotes the best interests of the child and the bodily autonomy of the surrogate, and supports intended parents and surrogates to build a relationship that lasts. Sarah is the only lawyer practising exclusively in surrogacy and donor conception (family creation) law in Australia and practises across all states and territories.
Sarah has published The Australian Surrogacy Handbook, a guide for intended parents and surrogates starting out on their journey. Sarah also produces The Surrogacy Podcast, sharing stories from intended parents and surrogates from around Australia.
Going Overseas for an Egg Donor (sperm and embryo as well) (clinics and donor agencies):
Print Media for advertising:
Child Magazine – A magazine targeted at Mum’s and distributed to Dr’s surgeries, child care centres, schools, libraries, toy shops, pharmacies, cafe’s, preschool’s etc.. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra are the current magazine city specific issues
Your Local Paper – you can advertise for a donor in your local newspaper, just contact their advertising dept.
NSW government have announced a $2,000 rebate starting January 2023, more information can be found here.
Other places to consider advertising for your Egg Donor Angel are:
- child care centers
- after school care
- medical centers etc.
- local church
- mother’s groups
- Amongst friends, acquaintances and family
Many recipients have found their donor using these methods successfully.
Acupuncture/TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine):
Getting you pregnant – herbs for fertility
Donor Registry by VARTA – a guide to the Victorian Donor registry – Australia only.
Finding an Egg Donor by VARTA – a guide to finding an Egg Donor in Australia
Finding a Surrogate by VARTA – a guide to finding a Surrogate in Australia
Costs of IVF in Australia by VARTA – a guide to IVF in Australia and some of the costs involved in IVF.
Domestic Surrogacy Agreement Checklist by VARTA – Australia only – a checklist to help guide you when engaging a surrogate in Australia. Always get legal advice before entering any agreement, this is a guide only.
International Surrogacy Agreement Legal Checklist for Australians looking at overseas by VARTA – a guide on what to consider when looking at a surrogacy arrangement overseas (outside of Australia), always get legal advice before entering any legal agreement.
Guidelines for the export and import of donated gametes and embryo’s using donated gametes by VARTA – a guide on moving donated gametes interstate from Victoria, within Australia
Cross Border Reproductive Care – by VARTA – a guide to undertaking IVF elsewhere.
“Sometimes it takes three to make a baby” Explaining Egg Donor Conception to Young Children by Kate Bourne This book by Kate Bourne, previously donor program manager and IVF counsellor, was published by Melbourne IVF and it is the recommended book by most clinics and counsellors.
Its a fabulous book that not only explains the process to young and older children but also incorporates the family to tell their own story. Fabulous for our donor conceived children to add to their story with photos and drawings.
You can also download the book from here.
Illustrated by Don Thompson Reading level: Ages 3-6 ISBN: 0958190305; 9780958190305 24 pages
A beautifully illustrated children’s book about donor conception, using rhyme to explain this in a fun & easy way for your kids! by Natalie Hart; The Journey to You
More books can be found here
Additional articles, books, dvds resources can be found here as well
Family Ties by Kate Bourne from Varta, published in My Child Summer Issue This is how we became a family by Kate Bourne Telling it your way Telling What? How? When? Why? by Sue Midford? Parents disclosing Donor Conception to their Children- What does the literature tell us by Simone Loughnane 2005
IVF clinics in Australia:
Virtus Health – includes IVF Australia, Melbourne IVF, TASIVF & The Fertility Centre
Monash IVF – Has clinics in NSW, VIC, QLD & Pivot in WA. We used Monash IVF at Clayton for one of our donor cycles, they were quite good. The Dr we used no longer works there.
Dr Nicole Hope – this is the lovely FS we used at Monash for our first egg donor cycle with my cousin. She was amazing, great communication and caring. If you’re in Melbourne please consider going and seeing her xox She is the owner and medical director at NewlifeIVF at Box Hill
City Fertility – locations in Sydney, Lismore, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast. Also has the Addam sperm donor bank.
Adora Fertility – Dr Janelle McDonald (we went to see her as a 2nd opinion when trying with our own eggs, she was amazing and honest and I highly recommend seeing her if you can). Adora Fertility also bulk bill where they can for treatments, making them affordable.
Westmead Fertility – Part of the University of Sydney, we used this clinic for a couple of egg donor cycles, sadly this is the clinic where our 11 embryo’s may not have been not frozen properly and all were either dead or died during the thaw, devastating 🙁
Genea – this was our original clinic when trying with my own eggs. I still wonder why they didn’t do any treatment on my endo and ando that they diagnosed at the beginning of my treatment. This was the start of our IVF journey and so I was a “newbie” at this and didn’t realise that there was treatment options and to advocate for it, not that I should have to as they are the experts. Always be your own advocate as no one else will!
An interesting post, written by Wendy Kramer who runs the US Donor Registry.
Something good to read when going down the donor path.
10 Things Your Doctor, Clinic, or Sperm Bank Won’t Tell You
1. Most men and women who sell their gametes (the “donors”) and recipient parents are not properly educated, counselled, or informed beforehand about the needs and rights of the children they are helping to create. This includes the importance of connecting with families to share and update medical information and the innate desire of donor-conceived people to know about their first-degree genetic relatives.
2. There is no comprehensive medical and genetic testing conducted by clinics and sperm banks. In the U.S., the FDA only mandates testing for STDs and a handful of other diseases. Some facilities test some donors for some diseases. Testing for STDs does nothing to prevent transmission of genetic illness. Proper genetic testing of all donors is critical. Hundreds of medical and genetic issues have been reported to the Donor Sibling Registry, many of them hereditary.
3. There is little to no regulation or oversight of the U.S. reproductive medicine industry, which ships sperm to over 50 countries around the world (so this is a global issue). This industry is not required to maintain or update records regarding genetic diseases transmitted to donor offspring. Information about inherited physiological and psychological diseases and predispositions is a significant element in obtaining appropriate medical care, including screenings and preventative medicine. Examples: a genetic predisposition for heart disease, mental illness, or Cystic Fibrosis. A donor’s medical profile is merely a self-reported family health history, along with a snapshot of one day in the life of a healthy young adult. 84% of surveyed sperm donors and 97% of surveyed egg donors were never contacted for medical updates.
4. No accurate record-keeping exists about how many offspring are conceived for any one donor. Records, if any are kept, are incomplete regarding the number of offspring created from each donor, as all reporting is voluntary. There are many large cohorts of half-siblings, many over 100, and even over 200. If urgent medical issues arise, families cannot then be notified. Many families who are on file with the sperm banks claim that they were never notified about medical and genetic illnesses reported to sperm banks by donors and by families who used the same donor; they learn about the genetic and medical issues by connecting with other families on the DSR.
5. Around three-quarters of surveyed donor offspring advise that prospective parents not use “anonymous” donors. Many countries have banned anonymous donation, and we all need to ask the question “What is in the best interests of the child to be born?” “Anonymity” is never the answer. Many heartfelt stories and testimonials by donor offspring have been reported to the DSR. Many parents use donor conception instead of adoption because a genetic connection is important to them, but then negate the importance of that very same genetic connection when it involves their child’s relationship to the “donor” — the other half of their child’s genetic family, ancestry, and medical history.
6. Many donor-conceived children long to connect with their half-siblings and their donors long before they are 18. Age 18 is an arbitrary number set by clinics and sperm banks to protect their own financial liability. This age limit is not backed up by any psychological research. Quite to the contrary, research has shown that many wish to connect, and have made successful connections, long before the age of 18. Thousands have been doing so on the Donor Sibling Registry for more than 21 years. Many egg clinics (not one sperm bank) have been connecting donors and parents on the DSR (anonymously) from pregnancy or birth for years. This allows parents and donors to share and update medical information right from the start, and it allows children to have access to their biological parents from the moment they start asking questions.
7. DNA: Donors Not Anonymous. Anonymity is a thing of the past and shouldn’t be promised to any donor or to any prospective parent. Sperm banks and egg clinics need to stop the fallacy of selling “anonymous” donors, whether for 18 years or forever. Donor-conceived people have been locating their biological parents via DNA testing (along with Google and social media) since 2005, as reported in New Scientist Magazine, so this is not a new phenomenon. Donors do not need to test their own DNA in order to be easily found by offspring and/or their parents, and there is no law prohibiting contact. Donors must be willing to be known by any offspring they help to create — and long before offspring turn 18. If donors are not willing to be known, they just shouldn’t donate.
8. Because of this end to guaranteed anonymity, non-disclosure is no longer an option. Many people who swabbed their cheeks to learn more about their ancestry and family tree have been shocked to find out that they are not genetically related to one of their parents, because their parents used a donor, and kept it a secret. Many have also been shocked to connect with half-siblings. Finding out in this way that your parents have not been honest can wreak havoc on a donor offspring’s sense of trust and stability in the family. If you are a parent who has yet to tell your donor-conceived child that they were created with help of a donor, now would be the time to have that conversation, and we can help with that. It’s never too late to tell. Family secrets can be toxic, and your donor-conceived child has a right to know about the methodology of their conception, about their medical background, and about their ancestry. If parents have not told, there is usually some grief or shame associated with infertility that is unresolved, or there is an unfounded fear about a non-bio parent’s relationship with the child being negatively affected by the truth coming out. If parents are not ready to tell, then they are just not ready to be parents. Parents: This shouldn’t be about your unresolved grief, your hesitations, or your fears. This should be about what’s in the best interests of your child, and their right to the truth about themselves, their medical background, their ancestry, and their genetic relatives. After telling (or after your children find out via DNA testing), please do not ask your children to keep the “secret.” This may have been your secret, but it shouldn’t be theirs. This type of response could cause unnecessary resentment, anger, and upset. Secrecy implies shame, and donor offspring have nothing to be ashamed of, most certainly not the methodology of their conception. Get yourself some counselling to help work through your unresolved grief, fear, or shame so that you don’t pass it along to your children. You are, and always will be, your child’s mom or dad. You can work on becoming a more confident parent, secure in the knowledge that your child knowing the truth won’t rattle the strong parental foundation that you have built.
9. Telling is just the first step. Many parents think that just because they have told their children about their origins, this will be enough. Many then minimize the importance of the “donor,” thinking that because they don’t feel DNA is important, then their child shouldn’t either. Parents need to know that their child may view this invisible half of their DNA to be a very important part of their identity and they may feel an urgency about gathering information and also connecting with their previously unknown genetic relatives. DNA isn’t the only way to make a family, but the importance of familial DNA connections can’t be denied. Honour your child’s curiosity, and let them know that they have your full support as they venture out for more information. Don’t behave in a way that forces your child to search for answers behind your back, as that can only create more resentment. They need you to be on their team.
10. The choices you make early on about creating your family with a donor will affect your donor-conceived child for many decades to come. Try to think beyond your own needs, and educate yourself about what we now know to be true for donor-conceived people. NOTE: Your “open” or “willing-to-be-known” donor might not be so “open”. Read our 2021 white paper called, “The Ambiguity of Open Gamete Donation”. The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is a U.S.-based, global registry with a mission of connecting, educating, and supporting all those in the “donor” family. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization facilitates mutual-consent contact among donors, recipients, and offspring so that they can share important medical information and explore new relationships. Since its inception in 2000, the DSR has helped to connect more than 21,000 of its 76,000 members with their first- and second-degree genetic relatives.
This is an interesting read and I talk about this all the time with members of my website and my groups. Sadly they are right there is not enough help and support going forwards in regard to “telling your child and guiding them through being donor conceived”. I’m not sure it would totally help during the actual cycle/process, this is something that needs also to be ongoing as you grow as a family. In regard to anonymous donation, DNA testing has basically abolished this. I plan to DNA test my boys in the next few years in the hope we find their donors and any potential siblings and hopefully build relationships with them. I’m going to blog more about this shortly and you can follow this on my website here.
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