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    Hi All,

    My partner (26) and I (32) have been together for 3 years and would love to start a family. I am hoping you may be kind enough to share your expertise with us novices, we very new to all this. I feel a bit cheeky, as Im sure I can get this information by ringing around, but would really appreciate any advice/info/reality check you can share. Apologies if this has already been asked and answered a million times, I promise I have gone through past comments (albeit still struggling with all the acronyms).

    We live in Perth too, and my initial research on local fertility clinics is that they don't seem very 'same sex friendly' but I could be wrong? I feel much more hopefully looking at sites in QLD and NSW. Im wondering if anyone else have travelled for treatment, and if this is even possible? I don't even know how often I would need to visit the clinic, and whether this is totally unrealistic? Maybe some things can be done here in WA and some interstate?

    We are very keen to use donor sperm, and are very open to an international donor, we def don't want a WA donor as the state is way too small :-). We also need to guarantee that we can both use the same donor. And if I am not being too unrealistic already…I don't want to sit on a wait list for the 2 years! But wait it gets even better, we are a mixed race couple and would love to try and find similar with our donor (dreaming perhaps!).

    I would be so grateful for anything you can tell me. Your posts are just wonderful, and it is so inspiring to read about so many beautiful new families out there.

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    KT

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    Hi. My partner and I just had Our first baby Through iui. She is 5 months old and her name is emma grace! She is our world..we would love to meet other same sex couple who have babies or that are trying!!

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    Hi KT82 good luck with your search! We went with Concept in Perth and found they were good with us being a same sex couple, no problems there. The big issue with WA is the wait list for donors which for us was 18 months, and little choice of donors especially if you want a certain race. They are all local donors from WA at Concept. I believe Fertility North do overseas donors but there is still a wait.

    When I spoke to the donor counsellor at concept she was helpful and had suggestions of good places interstate to go- we weren't in a position to so I didn't get details. She is lovely and works in private too so you could go see her for more info I imagine. As for travel time, for IUI you need the blood tests to find out when you ovulate, I imagine you'd need to be there a few days before to get the right timing. It's about 15-20% success per cycle. IVF is higher success but you would need all the medications, then ultrasound monitoring followed by pick up and 3-5 days later the transfer. So longer away. Not sure if any clinics would do shared care with interstate but perhaps someone else will know.

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    Hi Flower 78, I'm still getting used to all the abbreviations on here (is there a list somewhere?) but I think we have the same due date of 24/10/14.

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    Hi all, my name is Joey, my friend Jo and I run Playgroups with Pride WA, the only LGBTQI playgroup that we know of in WA. We aver also a support group and a place for our kids to see that our families are normal. We run on a Monday from 9:30-11:30 and as Friday 30 May we will also run on a Friday from 12:30-2:30, we meet at 42 Rudloc St, Morley in the Derrik Ernat centre. Everyone is welcome from those that have children already, those that are pregnant or seeking advice on how to conceive. It is $4 per session, $2 if you don't yet have a child. You can also find us on Facebook Playgroups with Pride WA or email us at playgroupswithpridewa@gmail.com I have a little girl who is now 15 months old who was conceived at Hollywood fertility clinic through the help of a friend, we had no homophobic feelings towards us, everyone was amazing and super friendly. We are looking at trying for our second in August.

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    Hi all, my name is Joey, my friend Jo and I run Playgroups with Pride WA, the only LGBTQI playgroup that we know of in WA. We aver also a support group and a place for our kids to see that our families are normal. We run on a Monday from 9:30-11:30 and as Friday 30 May we will also run on a Friday from 12:30-2:30, we meet at 42 Rudloc St, Morley in the Derrik Ernat centre. Everyone is welcome from those that have children already, those that are pregnant or seeking advice on how to conceive. It is $4 per session, $2 if you don't yet have a child. You can also find us on Facebook Playgroups with Pride WA or email us at playgroupswithpridewa@gmail.com I have a little girl who is now 15 months old who was conceived at Hollywood fertility clinic through the help of a friend, we had no homophobic feelings towards us, everyone was amazing and super friendly. We are looking at trying for our second in August.

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    A big thank you Flower78 and Joey for the info, I really appreciate you sharing. Congratulations Flower78 on your pregnancy!

    That is great to hear you have had positive experiences right here in Perth. I am really keen to contact Fertility North now to discuss their international donor program. And how wonderful to hear about the playgroup Joey, and so close to home :-)

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    Hi Jazzz99, how cool to have the same due date! Congratulations and hope it's all going well for you so far!

    Thanks for for the info on the play group Joey, it sounds great. I am sure we will come by once I finish work, it will be really good to have our baby grow up knowing families like ours.

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    Default Lesbian Parents Moving to Perth Looking for new friendships in similar situation

    Hi all...

    Was searching internet looking for gay parenting groups in Perth and found this thread.

    It was lovely reading all the stories on here. I thought my partner and I would be on our own. My experience of Perth has been somewhat "non-gay" apart from one pub!

    I am British and my partner, australian (who's EDD is Dec 2014) are moving to perth a couple of months before she is due.

    I wanted to reach out to peeps and say hi and hopefully start to make friendships with others in similar situations so our child won't grow up thinking that its odd being from a same sex family etc.

    Have read about the problems getting donors in WA and we are lucky in a way that my partner came to England to be with me as it is so much easier that perth, even though a long way away!

    If you have any questions about overseas IUI etc then please get in touch. Also, if you are in a same sex relationship and want to build friendships that would be cool.

    Look forward to speaking to you all!

    Lizzy & Partner!

    liz.darling@btinternet.com

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    "My partner (26) and I (32) have been together for 3 years and would love to start a family... We live in Perth too, and my initial research on local fertility clinics is that they don't seem very 'same sex friendly' but I could be wrong?"

    Hi there =)

    I live in W.A and almost 30 weeks pregnant. I'm more than happy to share my journey with you, but it probably insn't the same as others on here. My journey started off with a partner but ended up with me doing it on my own (successfully!).
    Intially we (my ex and I) went through the horrible task of trying to find a suitable known donor and planned to go through the process at Concept Fertility (in Subiaco). None of our gay male friends were suitable for various reasons and we ended up embarking on the early stages of counselling sessions and cooling off periods at Concept with a straight male friend (who had an older partner who hadn't wanted children). The fertility specialist I went through from the beginning until my 7 weeks pregnancy scan was Dr Graeme Thompson. I found Dr Thompson and the clinic to be completely supportive of the process as part of a same-sex couple (and then later as a single lesbian). When my relationship began to break down, contact with the known donor died off (as he was more my partner's friend than mine).
    I decided to do it alone. I was 36 and didn't feel like I had time to waste. I found a known donor through an online site and met up with him for coffee. We took it from there. I also joined the horrendously long anonymous donor list at concept as back-up. After a number of catch ups and introducing my mother to my known donor, the counselling process and cooling off period with my new known donor began. When it finished we had the follow up sessions and then it was time to begin trying to get pregnant! Last year, just days after the final counselling session and being signed off, I began taking clomid and tried my first round of IUI. Unfortunately it didn't work first go. Second cycle of IUI I produced too many eggs and the IUI was cancelled. I decided to go straight to IVF because of the logistics of getting down to perth (1.5 hours to the clinic) and the chance of conception for IUI seemed too low to keep trying that method of conception. Fortunately with IVF I got pregnant first go!
    And so I sit here now, baby bump and all, nervously excited about the fast approaching day that I meet my beautiful baby.

    I wish you both all the best of luck and am happy to answer more specific questions if you have them.

    -Wendy

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