The Book

A book to assist parents in dispelling the myths,

stereotypes and mysteries about IVF for children.

As a mum of an IVF baby, I started thinking about what I would tell my child about how they were conceived. I wanted the fact that they were conceived by IVF to be something that they always knew so it didn't seem too different or come as a surprise later in life.

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"Then There Was You" is an IVF story designed to assist parents to tackle the increasingly common subject of IVF.  The book is aimed at children who were conceived using IVF and is designed to be read to them from a young age through to the time they can read it themselves, they will ask different questions about different parts of the book and learn along the way.

"they will ask different questions

about different parts

of the book and learn along the way."

IVF conception is now much more common, with almost 1 in 20 babies in Australia born through IVF and an estimated eight million babies born globally in the last 40 years. 

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"there are very few resources available to help parents 

discuss the IVF with their children"

Starting to read this book to your child from early age will help IVF become part of their story.

I know you and your family will love this book.

Karly Wegner

However, there are very few resources available to help parents discuss IVF with their children.  Dr De Ambrosis, a senior fertility specialist at Queensland Fertility Group, says it’s important IVF children are aware of the difference in their conception especially as they grow older. 

- Karly Wegner, Author -

Karly Wegner always dreamt of being a mum and was shocked when, after a year of being married to her husband Brad, they found out they would not be able to have children naturally. 

After 2 years of IVF and one miscarriage, Brad and Karly now have two IVF boys, Luka and Phoenix, and their little girl Eden, thanks to Dr Warren De Ambrosis and QFG. 

Karly is currently busy running her own business and managing the lives of 3 busy children.

- Deanna Bresnehan, Illustrator -

Deanna Bresnehan with her husband Damian have raised 3 children, Dylan, Ashley and Nathan, who have now started expanding their own lives and families.

Deanna is a freelance illustrator, with a number of published illustrated books including resources in Early Childhood Literacy.

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