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Sperm & Egg Donation: Telling is the First Step

In 2000 when my son and I started the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) (initially as a Yahoo chat discussion group), the predominant conversation was about disclosure. Back then many, mostly straight, parents were invested in keeping the secret, and came … Continue reading

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Half Siblings from Sperm and Egg Donation

Three half sisters meet Family can be formed and defined in so many different ways, but biology has always been the most common family bond. If biology didn’t matter, we’d give birth to our babies, and then just pick any … Continue reading

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FINDING OUR PEOPLE: Wendy and Ryan Kramer’s Story by Ellen Glazer

As someone inveterately curious about people’s lives, I hit “pay dirt” recently. Not only did I get to hear a family story in some detail, but it was not “just any” family story. My “pay dirt” took me to a … Continue reading

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Telling Early, Very Early by Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

When people come to me for “donor counseling,” I begin by asking them what would be helpful. Almost always, the response is the same, “We’re wondering what would be a good age to tell our future child about the donor?” … Continue reading

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Proud Storytellers- A Guest Blog Post from Ellen Glazer

“We cannot know who we really are until we know the stories of our lives.”                                     Daniel Mendelsohn in The Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million   “Do you think we really need to tell our child?” This … Continue reading

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Egg Donor Medical Alert: Cooper Center for IVF.

I received this today from a former egg donor. If you used the Cooper Center for IVF between 1997-1999, or know anyone else that did, please see the postings for this clinic on the DSR. Contact Wendy if you need … Continue reading

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Moving from Fresh to Frozen Egg Donation by Ellen Glazer

Guest post by Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW, Author, “Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation”. Over the course of several years I had the privilege of participating in many initial meetings between egg donors and their recipients. These meetings were almost … Continue reading

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NBC Story: 48 Donor Siblings and the ASRM

How One Girl’s Search Brought Her 48 Half Brothers and Sisters In NBC’s 11/6/15 story about donor siblings that connected on the Donor Sibling Registry, we again hear from the spokespeople at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and … Continue reading

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IVF, Test Tube Babies and Sperm Donation

Here’s one of my pet peeves: when people use the term​s “test tube babies” and “IVF” when talking about any type of assisted reproductive technology.  Particularly, methodologies that do not usually involve the use of IVF at all, like sperm donation. … Continue reading

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It’s OK to Have Mixed Reactions to Success Stories

Guest Post From, Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW.   Author, “Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation”. As a social worker counseling individuals and couples building their families through donor conception, I love reading the DSR’s “Success Stories.” They are so often testimonies to … Continue reading

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