Tag Archives: Donor conceived

Donor Conception: Old vs. New Thinking

  Old thinking: Infertility is something to be ashamed of. New thinking: Coming to terms with infertility is a process. With proper education and counseling, healing can begin so that the shame of infertility isn’t passed along to the child … 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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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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THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR SPERM OR EGGS?

Selling your sperm or eggs means much more than paying for a spring break vacation. This kind of irresponsible advertising (from a NY sperm bank*), only goes to show the lack of proper education given to prospective donors about decisions … 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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The Donor Sibling Registry’s Worldwide Reach

The Donor Sibling Registry’s reach is worldwide. In June we had new members joining from the UK, Israel, Canada, Australia, France, Norway, Denmark, Spain, & Sweden. These families used major US sperm banks that ship internationally, and also small clinics … 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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“Curiosity” About Unknown Genetic Relatives

In a recent chat with an adult donor conceived person, she mentioned that she had read my last blog post, and was uncomfortable with my use of the word “curious” to describe how donor conceived people may feel about their … Continue reading

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