Tag Archives: donor siblings

10 Tips for Contacting a Donor for the First Time

Contacting your donor for the first time can be an exciting yet scary experience. You might be nervous about making a good first impression, or you might be worried about scaring them away. Here’s some advice for contacting your donor … Continue reading

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ALL in the Family: Navigating a Half-Sibling Group of 90

Guest Blog: by Lavon Peters My kids belong to one of the larger groups of half-sibs on the Donor Sibling Registry. You know the groups—the ones whose numbers make everyone say “OMG!” Our current count is 90* kids, but it … 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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Dibling-Dumpling

Dibling Some of you love the word, and some of you detest it, so here’s my opinion about using accurate terminology, along with a few weigh-ins from several parents, a donor, and a few donor-conceived people. A hot topic of … Continue reading

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An Invitation to All Sperm Banks

I’d like to set a challenge to all sperm banks in the US. I invite you to follow in the steps of many egg clinics and agencies, and offer your donors and parents the option of writing the Donor Sibling … Continue reading

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The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank. An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-kramer/the-ethical-sperm-bank-an_b_7841180.html A cultural phenomenon is growing these days in the world of gamete donation. The voices of the donor-conceived are growing louder and clearer, and the vast majority express that knowing or having known the identity of their donors is … 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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Biology and Birth Certificates: Our Right to Accuracy

Most U.S. citizens raised by their biological parents never question whether the information on their birth certificates is accurate. With the evolution of adoption and alternate means of conceiving a child, “accurate” is an increasingly subjective term. Is the purpose … Continue reading

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The Katie Couric Show, WED JUNE11th!

The piece will feature a teenager and her parents meeting their egg donor, and her two daughters, for the first time! Very emotional, showing how important these connections can be- for all involved. Read about it in USA Today and … Continue reading

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