Single mum by choice: why I chose a sperm donor


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For some, the first parenting challenge is actually having children – maybe it hasn’t been a possibility till later in life. Many women are delaying having a family well into their 30s and beyond so they can focus on other areas of their lives. And some might not find their life partner before their ideal fertility years. So, what happens when a woman decides to go it alone?

Jessica Rowe chats with a woman who always wanted children but at the age of almost 40, her relationship fell apart. She was faced with a life-changing decision: to have a baby alone, or face the possibility that she may never have children. Fast forward to the present day and she’s now a happy and thriving single mum running her own business.

In this episode of Navigating Parenthood – Imperfect Parents, brought to you by HCF, we learn about the challenges women face when going it alone on the parenting front and how to find support to carry the mental load.

Hosted by Jessica Rowe
Featured expert: Lydia Black from PSYCH2U

For more help with your and your family’s mental health, head to HCF’s mental health support resources.

Need help?
If you’re considering becoming a single mum through a donor, visit advocacy group Solo Mums By Choice, and’s information for single parents.

If you feel depressed or anxious, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. For health concerns, speak to your doctor. HCF doesn't endorse any statements or opinions made during the podcast. This podcast contains general health information and shouldn't be relied on as medical advice.

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