‘The biggest challenge facing most people who embark on IVF in this country is the cost.’ Photograph: iStock

The start of the pandemic was a trying time, characterised by uncertainty and anxiety. For people in the midst of fertility treatment, whose uncertai(...)

Ukraine,  a popular location with Irish couples for surrogacy, closed its borders on March 15th. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish families due to travel to Ukraine in the coming days for the birth of their child via surrogacy are unable to secure permission to enter because(...)

Ruth and her fiance had been trying for a baby for about two years before they started IVF when she was 34. File photograph: Getty Images

The day Ruth drove her car up to Howth harbour in Co Dublin and contemplated driving off the side, she realised it was time to stop preparing for a th(...)

‘As soon as the child is born, you will have to have your solicitor on standby to make sure all of the relevant papers are ready to be signed,’ says solicitor Tracy Horan, who specialises in surrogacy law.

In the absence of Irish laws on surrogacy, having a baby this way is fraught with legal, financial, moral and emotional challenges. But, with interna(...)

Families Through Surrogacy founder Sam Everingham and his partner, Phil Copland, with their two girls, Zoe and Ruby. Everingham founded his organisation after he experienced at first hand the lack of support for intended parents.

Marie* explains why she and her husband are planning to use a surrogate mother in Ukraine: I was diagnosed with a chronic heart and lung condition (...)

One cycle of IVF  can cost about €5,000.  While a tax rebate can be claimed on some of the outlay, the financial burden on those seeking treatments is still significant. Photograph: Alan Betson

Private health insurers are to meet a national infertility support group in coming weeks to discuss the possibility of offering cover to policyholders(...)

Siobhan and Jim Boucher and their daughter, Rachael (7), at home at Castleknock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cliff and Anne had been going out for only two months when he discovered through medical investigations at the age of 30 that he was probably infertil(...)

Lyn Sharkey: the author of The Baby Wait had to learn the difference between being ‘ready’ to start a family and  being ‘able’ to. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lyn Sharkey was out painting the front door of the brand new five-bedroom house her husband had built outside Cavan town when a neighbour stopp(...)