pregnant woman

From pain to joy

When medical issues meant Julia and Lee Newton couldn't have another child, a friend made them an incredible offer.

Fertility panic in your 30s

Claire Moulds takes a look at the panic-mongering around women aged 35-plus who have not yet had children.

What a difference a year makes

For my husband's birthday last year I gave him a sizeable cyst on my left ovary.

Conceiving naturally after IVF

A surprising number of women who need IVF to get pregnant with their first child fall pregnant again without treatment within two years.

Court orders vasectomy

A US court has given a dad an unusual punishment after he fled the scene of a crash with his son - but is it taking things too far?


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Sperm, biological clock, fertility

How to make healthy sperm

For couples struggling with infertility, there are few lifestyle changes men can make to improve the size and shape of their sperm.

Katie Elfar

Pregnant after my husband died

Although Katie Elfar's husband was no longer with her, she says that having a baby using his frozen sperm was the best decision she ever made.

Kate Friedlander

Pregnancy after cancer

Kate Friedlander's life has been transformed by her breast cancer - but in a way she never expected.

Embryo, IVF

46-year-old pregnant via IVF

A 46-year-old has become the oldest woman to have a baby through IVF using her own fresh biological eggs.


Free vasectomies

Scheme aims to increase contraception, but men should be sure their "family is complete" before signing up.


Court battle over embryos

A woman has been granted custody of frozen embryos, despite her ex-boyfriend saying he's changed his mind and doesn't want a baby.


Best age to have a baby?

Is it best to start a family when you're young and still full of fun, or when you're older and more financially secure? 

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Desperately seeking donors

Leigh and John desperately want a child. The only way they can achieve that is with a donor egg. This is their story.

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Vasectomy 'mistake'

A man who went to hospital for minor surgery was given a vasectomy by mistake.


Tomatoes boost male fertility

Infertile men searching for a bedroom boost are being urged to try a fruity alternative.

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Truth about getting pregnant

People are in denial, almost, that our fertility can fade. Here's what you need to know about having a baby at any age.


Social surrogacy

Some women in the US are using 'social surrogates' to have children without the inconvenience of pregnancy. But is it wrong?

Kylee Poole

A gift like no other

Kylee Poole wanted to help another couple have a family. This is her story of egg donation.


How eggs and sperm hook up

Forget about the birds and the bees. If you want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.

Embryo, IVF

Italy overturns donor ban

Italy's constitutional court has overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments.

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