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As parents, we are obliged to give our children the gift of knowledge.  

To understand how they were conceived and how they were born is of huge importance to kids.

When we empower our children with the information on conception, it promotes trust, maturity and a huge sense of responsibility.

I have three children.  Two of which were naturally conceived, and my third was an IVF baby.

I had the birds and the bees talk with my girls when they were each 8 years old.  They had been hearing things at school, funny words and odd references. It is my job as their mother to help them understand human reproduction.

We giggled at the general visual oddness of penis’s and we awed at the incredible lengths our bodies will go to to create new life.  I used an illustrated book with pictures to read through together.

Our candid chat did great things for our relationship.  They know they can come to me with their weird questions and I am comfortable knowing that they will dismiss the incorrect rubbish they hear in the school yard.

My son is a completely different kettle of fish.  Of course I will give him the birds and the bees talk, but he was created outside of my body.

Incredibly, he was harvested as an egg and placed together with the sperm of his father, he became an embryo under perfect conditions in a laboratory, and was then frozen.  He was thawed and placed back inside of my body.

I realised that this topic required an illustrated book of its own!

My amazing friend has four naturally conceived children of her own and also became the first legal altruistic (no financial gain) surrogate of twin baby girls in Queensland in 2011.

I asked if she would like to co-author this book with me, she jumped at the chance and we began writing it that same day.

We called it ‘I Am Extra Special – An IVF Story’.

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Our book took six months to write, illustrate, edit and print.  We self published and have created a website online for customers to buy their copies. I look forward to the day that I can read my son his own copy of ‘An IVF Story’.

Without IVF, approximately 1 in 5 woman suffering infertility wouldnt have their own ‘extra special’ children in their lives.  It is our pleasure to have written our IVF children’s story book to assist parents when they decide to start the conversation.

Next stop for us. ‘I Am Extra Special – How To Make a Baby’ ie: The Birds and the Bees!

  • When they’re little, I don’t get why a parent would feel the need to tell their kids they were IVF babies. Yeah, when they’re older, but why take the chance of them suffering in sone way with this knowledge too young?

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  • I love this. IVF is so common now and a book like this will be used by a lot of famiies. Well done.

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  • I tell my kids that God created everyone to be unique.

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  • Very interesting point of view, I don’t know anyone personally who has gone thru IVF but I can see how this book would be a great resource

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  • this will be great for so many families out there. nice job

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  • Great article, I am sure the book will help countless families.

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  • What an awesome idea.

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  • I had never actually thought about the importance of telling IVF children where they came from, I think it’s incredibly beautiful that they will know just how much they were wanted

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  • My 8 year old just asked yesterday why it was Daddy who had the operation to stop us having any more kids, shouldn’t it have been the mum?!!!

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  • Thanks again, have been sharing this article.

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  • I always tell my children where they came from when they ask

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  • I am expecting my first child in Feb thanks to the wonders of IVF. Thanks for sharing your story and your success. Congrats on a wonderful idea.

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  • Thanks for your message… I just read and am thrilled by your comments. Such a great day for a boost! Marketing isnt easy when we are looking at such a niche market! Your support is so appreciated!
    Our fb page is I Am Extra Special – An IVF Story

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  • Thanks for sharing this interesting and thoughtful article.


    • Thanks for your message… I just read and am thrilled by your comments. Such a great day for a boost! Marketing isnt easy when we are looking at such a niche market! Your support is so appreciated!
      Our fb page is I Am Extra Special – An IVF Story

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  • Fabulous – our twins (girl/boy) are IVF babies. Seriously considering getting this book. Will see what the rest of the family think:)


    • Thanks for your message… I just read and am thrilled by your comments. Such a great day for a boost! Marketing isnt easy when we are looking at such a niche market! Your support is so appreciated!
      Our fb page is I Am Extra Special – An IVF Story

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