A Melbourne based Jasmine Richwol has finally decided to break her relationship with her partner who refuses to have kids. Now she documented her decision to plan IVF with a sperm donor. Jasmine Richwol was with her partner for seven years before it suddenly dawned on her that he didn’t want children, prompting her to pursue IVF treatment by her alone.

Jasmine reveals the heartbreaking decision to separate from her relationship to the media person.

“It’s probably conversations we should’ve had in the first year, second year, perhaps the third year,” Jasmine explained.

“It’s the scenario where there’s the conversations that we both knew we needed to have back then, but they were always put on the backburner.

“In retrospect, I can say that was just a fear of what would come up in the conversation.”

Jasmine, who is in her late 30’s and has a stable job, has described her choice to go for IVF but when she found her partner is not willing to have kids, then she decided to go alone for her decision

“(But) I definitely know and feel in my gut that if I stay still and I don’t do anything and I don’t take any action, I won’t progress forward in my life,” she said.

Jasmine’s controversial decision is explored in three-minute documentary IVF vs The One, developed with the support of Screen Australia and released online earlier this week.

The film has drawn a range of responses, from glowing support to scathing judgement.

Some have called Jasmine’s decision not to include a father in her future child’s life as selfish – a claim she denies.

“I don’t look at it (like that),” she said.

“I want to be a mother. I don’t have a significant partner or anyone to start a family with so, I’m taking action into my own hands and making a decision for the life that I want.”

It’s Jasmine’s hope the film will help challenge preconceived ideas about being a single parent, as well as inspire a wider conversation about fertility and women’s health.

“Putting my film out there, I’ve made some sort of declaration that it’s okay to be in your mid-30s and it’s okay to be single,” she said.

“There’s no shame in that.”


News and Image resource – 9news.com.au, November 25, 2017