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Lexie's Village: A New Kind of Family

“A courageous personal account of the toll of IVF treatment, and the surprises, challenges and rewards of embryo donation.”

Distinguished Professor of Health Law, Jenni Millbank, UTS

Lexie’s Village: A New Kind of Family

What would you do to have a family?

At 43, time was running out for Natalie Lovett. A demanding career, combined with a series of failed relationships, and years of back pain meant her chances to have a child were rapidly diminishing. Instead of waiting for life to meet her needs, she decided to go it alone.

After numerous unsuccessful IVF attempts, Natalie was given devastating news: she could not carry her own biological child. Undeterred, she discovered egg donation and, at the age of 46, she miraculously gave birth to her precious daughter, Lexie.

Yet this was just the beginning of her extraordinary journey.

In Lexie’s Village: A New Kind of Family, Natalie shares her deeply personal mission to provide siblings for her daughter. By donating her unused embryos to other childless parents, she hoped to make their dreams come true. But by stipulating that they and their resulting children stay in touch, Natalie also created a family for her daughter and Lexie’s Village was born.

Some say it takes a village to raise a child. Through love, hope and determination, through joyous successes and agonising setbacks, Natalie and her close‑knit community are choosing to make that village a new kind of family.

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"You won't be able to put this book down. A magnificent story of now, and I challenge you not to cry." Nikki Gemmell

“A courageous personal account of the toll of IVF treatment, and the surprises, challenges and rewards of embryo donation.” Distinguished Professor of Health Law, Jenni Millbank, UTS

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