Donors

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Published: November 2015
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A donor's wife's perspective

I have always known that my husband was a sperm donor while at university in the 70s.

It was undertaken on a strictly confidential basis and over the years we really did not give it much of a thought.

All this changed when my husband saw an advertisement in a National newspaper announcing that sperm donor children now had the right to find out who their biological fathers were and asked for people to come forward if they felt they wanted to assist in this process.

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My decision to be an egg donor

Listen to Kylie talk about her decision to donate her eggs to a couple.

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One sperm donor's personal story

Hello, my name is Ian. I am the biological father of nine children. Two of my offspring live with me and seven I have never met.

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Author: The Sensible Films
Published: August 2015
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Sperm Donors Anonymous

Following are extracts from 'Sperm Donor Anonymous' an ABC documentary about the effects of anonymous sperm donation on donor-conceived children, their families and on the sperm donors themselves.  



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Sperm donor meets the family created from his donation

Listen to this interview with Adrian, a sperm donor for single mother, Dianne.

“When we were approached by the registry to make potential contact by the donor family it was a difficult decision. It was just that we had to consider how we would link and the possibility surrounding meeting the donor family into our lives at that given time.” Adrian decided he would give consent to release information about himself and he is glad he did.

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Talking to children about being a donor

Listen to this interview with Stewart and his children talking about being a sperm donor.

“My advice would be to tell. Certainly it’s never as bad as it seems to give this information to other members of your family.  You know, I think, you couch it in as simple terms as possible, give as much information as you feel comfortable with and let them absorb it and let them if they want to come to you with anything else they will." Stewart.

 

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When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

Headline: When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

 

In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm donation program. Now, more than 35 years later, Aaron has connected with two of his donor offspring and is seeking contact with others.

Published: July 2017
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When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

 

Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.

The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.