In this episode, we interview Kate Bourne from the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA). VARTA is responsible for the registration of reproductive clinics, public education, donor conception registers and can connect people with a sperm or egg donor.
Statistically, there is a child in every class who was conceived through some kind of Assisted Reproductive Technology. When FPV run classes in primary school about making babies we talk about IVF and other types of Assisted Reproductive Technology. We think it is important that all types of conception are included.
Kate discusses the role of VARTA, provides guidance about what to say to children about alternative methods of conception, and when to have those conversations.
VARTA website for news about fertility, includes links to support groups. VARTA page titled When to tell: ages and stages giving detailed advice on how to tell children about IVF or ART at different ages. The Donor Conception Network for books to help explain different types of conception. Corey Silverberg’s book – What Makes A Baby is a great book to start a conversation about babies no matter how they were conceived.
VARTA & FPV teaching module is a classroom resource to use for students grade 3- 10 when teaching about Assisted Reproductive Technology.
More information about FPV @ fpv.org.au