Announcing the long-awaited launch of ‘Lexie’s Village – A New Kind of Family’ – a deeply personal memoir sharing one woman’s extraordinary journey to motherhood and her idea that expands everything we believe about families.
Natalie Lovett was at the end of the line.
Single, 46 years of age and with eggs deemed no longer viable after five years of failed IVF attempts, it seemed that her lifelong dream of motherhood was not to be.
Taking a leap of determination and faith, Natalie travelled to the other side of the world to create embryos using both egg and sperm donations in a Californian fertility clinic. Miraculously, her first embryo transfer resulted in a positive pregnancy. Natalie brought her daughter Lexie into the world nine months later.
After a short time, she had a big decision to make. What should she do with the twenty-five remaining embryos frozen in the US? She could destroy them, donate them to science or donate them to others. Understanding fertility struggles first hand, Natalie chose to donate to others.
She began her search for embryo recipients with one critical clause: that the resulting families agree to stay in contact, building an extended family for their biologically related children.
In September 2015, ABC’s ‘Australian Story’ aired ‘Lexie’s Village’, an episode that covered Natalie’s journey and the path to pregnancy for her first embryo recipient, Fiona. More than eighteen months later, Natalie still receives an outpouring of public gratitude for sharing her story. The demand for a book that detailed Natalie’s journey and the evolving story of the village, become very clear.
Launched in Oct 2017, ‘Lexie’s Village – A New Kind of Family’ is that book.
- Natalie's Gift Channel Ten, The Project, May 11, 2018
- Meet Australia's Most Modern Family: Daily Mail Australia, Nov 14 2017
- Mum who spent thousands on IVF helps create world's most unique family. Mirror UK, Nov 11 2017
- Australia’s most unusual “triplets” – IVF babies born to three separate mothers. Yahoo 7 News, 10 Nov 2017
- Australia’s most unusual “triplets” – IVF babies born to three separate mothers. Today Tonight Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth, Nov 8 2017
- Lexie brings a whole new meaning to family, The Morning Show, Channel 7, 27 Oct 2017
- 'I had 24 of her siblings on ice', Dailymail.co.uk, Oct 13 2017
- Creating a 'village', The Daily Telegraph, Oct 10 2017
- Natalie Lovett shared 24 embryos to create a fraternal village, News.com.au, Oct 10 2017
- I’m fighting for the recognition of voluntary embryo donation in Australia, Daily Telegraph, Jul 3 2017
- The extraordinary way these sisters came to be in the world, Essential Baby, Jun 20 2017
- Australian Story: Lexie's Village: The original story on ABC, ABC, Sep 28, 2015, and the video promo for the episode.
- Natalie Lovett is giving away embryos. But there’s a catch, MammaMia!, Sep 28, 2015
- Sydney mother reveals unusual plan to give away spare embryos, News.com.au, Sep 15 2015
- Embryo adoption to create a village of siblings for Lexie, EssentialKids, Sep 15 2015
- Mum has 25 embryos to give away - but there's a catch, Kidspot, Sep 15 2015
- Sydney woman gives away excess designer embryos to help childless families, ABC News, Sep 14 2015
- Natalie Lovett’s IVF experience in the United States, Kinderling, Sept 14 2015
- Single woman, 48, who flew to the US to buy donor eggs and sperm after seven heartbreaking years of trying to conceive reveals her battle to design her perfect baby, Daily Mail, 14 Sep 2015
- Creating Lexie's Village, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
- It just was love: The moment Natalie Lovett met daughter, Daily Mail
"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