From Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover
According to my mother, I was the first artificial insemination baby in Australia. The claim is not as unlikely as it sounds; the dates work out. She wasn’t talking about IVF or test tubes, just about sperm and a turkey baster. Old style. So her story made some sense. It was her reason for needing help that was strange. She and my father were having trouble conceiving, which is not surprising when you consider she’d never slept with him. Not once. They’d been married twelve years and still the marriage was unconsummated. And even in 1958, it was hard to get pregnant without having sex.
The government, we’ve learned this week, might be willing to pay for at-home childcare from qualified people – so why shouldn’t parents themselves be eligible? Sure, we’ll need to take the requisite TAFE course, but the basic information can’t be that hard to master.
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