Tag Archives: California Cryobank

CBS News & the NY Times: Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor – and pays a “devastating” price.

CBS ran their story on the Northwest Cryobank situation I wrote about in my last blog post and the NY Times ran its story on February 16, 2019. It’s my professional opinion that sperm banks’s attempts to keep donor-conceived people from their first and second-degree genetic relatives, by trying to … Continue reading

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DNA and Your Rights

We’ve been hearing disturbing accounts of NW Cryobank threatening donor families for DNA testing. In the past, this sperm bank has also prohibited its donors from using the DSR to make mutual consent contact, thereby prohibiting offspring from learning more … Continue reading

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Donor Siblings: Our “Spreadsheet Moment”*

18 years ago I posted the very first message on our original Yahoo Group board: Donor #1058?  Wendy Kramer  Sep 3, 2000 I am the mother of an awesome 10 year old donor child. I know that he has at least … Continue reading

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Choosing a Sperm Bank…What To Know

An open letter to anyone choosing a sperm bank: Hello Future Parents, I am so glad that you’re reading this, and that you are doing your due diligence. And I know, this can seem completely overwhelming- hang in there! Honestly, … Continue reading

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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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The DSR Files an FDA Citizen’s Petition

We filed a “Citizen’s Petition” to the FDA, and it’s now available for people to add comments. Please, add your comments, as the more we get, the better our chances of accomplishing something (anything….even a further conversation with the FDA … Continue reading

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Sperm and Egg Donation: 10 Things Your Doctor, Clinic, or Sperm Bank Won’t Tell You

10 Things Your Doctor, Clinic, or Sperm Bank Won’t Tell You 1. Most donors* and recipients are not properly educated, counseled, or informed beforehand about the needs and rights of the children they are helping to create. This includes the importance of … Continue reading

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California Cryobank Discourages Donors From Posting on the DSR

For those of you who used California Cryobank, and wonder why your donor hasn’t yet registered on the DSR, here’s a possible reason why: A former California Cryobank donor just emailed me about what CCB had just told him about … Continue reading

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C’mon California Cryobank- 2 Heartbreaking Stories

Two Donor Sibling Registry posts from yesterday- one from an offspring and one from a mom, both about California Cryobank: 1. I was told last year (after exhausting attempts to get information from CCB), that my sperm donor had passed away … Continue reading

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