Sperm Banking and Up to Date, Accurate, Accessible Files

How many of you have called your sperm bank for information on your donor or your offspring, and been told “sorry….the files are in the basement” or “sorry…our old paper files are a pain to access”?

There are several sperm banks who do not have immediate, computer access to their files on donors and offspring. California Cryobank, Idant are the first two that come to mind. Recipients, offspring and donors who call for information are frequently told, “the files are offsite” or “in the basement” and then told how impossible or inconvenient it would be to access them. Then, they are given incomplete information.

Ok sperm banks, it’s time to pull the files, hire a couple of summer interns, and have all your records up to date and complete, immediately accessible via computer, for the families calling in either looking for information, or calling to report information. This is the ethical, right, and responsible thing to do, as you are the guardians of important familial and medical information for thousands of families.

You should have all reported pregnancies and births, and all reported medical information at your fingertips….not in the basement, not offsite, and not inaccessible.

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One Response to Sperm Banking and Up to Date, Accurate, Accessible Files

  1. wendykr says:

    From an Idant Donor: “My experience exactly with Idant, where I was a donor in the 70s. “Takes time to train new people.” “Send an email.” Multiple emails get no response. I am tempted to visit their office again when I am in New York and see what they have to say in person.

    But then I didn’t sign up for anything except to get payed, and they did pay. If what they really want to say is “we are not here to help people like you,” they could come out and say it and that would be about the end of the line.

    On the other hand, a donor daughter born in 1976 was able to call Idant in 2008 or 2009, with donor number, and get a good deal of information about me. And we connected on DSR. Her brother (different donor), back on the other hand again, they can’t find anything, they “seem to have lost the files,” or words to that effect.”

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