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Published: November 2015
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

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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Experiences of donor conception - Chantele's story

There is no shame in being donor-conceived

In this video, Chantele shares her story that when she was eight years old that she was conceived using donor sperm, but not all of her family knew she was donor-conceived.

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Experiences of donor conception - Louise's story

When is the right time?

Louise heard through a non-family member that she was conceived using donor sperm.  At this time, Louise was 27 years old.

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Experiences of donor conception - Riley's story

There is nothing to be feared

Riley talks about his experience of being donor conceived.  For as long as Riley can remember he has known about his conception.

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Experiences of donor conception - Ross' story

The truth sets you free

Ross talks about discovering recently, in his early thirties, that he was donor-conceived.

Ross speaks of his relief in knowing the truth and his belief in the importance of honesty: "'Where do I come from?' is such a fundamental question and I think that for everyone they have the right to know".

Published: April 2016
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Family perspectives - talking to children about how you became a family

A panel of parents and their sons and daughters discuss how they told/were told that they became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate. Recorded at the 2016 Time to tell seminar.

 
 
 

 

 
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Family storybook: "Dear Rosie"

Adam shows the film he and his wife, Rebecca made to explain how their journey to meet their daughter Rosie. They show the video not only to Rosie, but their family and friends too. This helps them all understand and connect with Rosie’s story. It includes footage of their clinic, the positive pregnancy test and follows Rebecca’s pregnancy and Rosie’s birth.

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Family storybook: "How did I get in there"

Brin describes herself as a “chronic scrap booker”. She has gathered information photos and mementos to document her twin boys’ beginnings. She also includes her son’s comments in the story e.g. “They were baby eggs not eating eggs!” She describes how her scrapbooks have been an easy way to tell the story and “We refer to it whenever they get confused.”

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Family storybook: "My special donor buddy"

Not only did Sandra make a digital journal for her daughter, Eloise, but she also made a book for her 5 year old donor’s daughter, Hayden, to explain her mother’s help. Hayden then told the story in her own words and drew pictures to match. They describe “how their family became Sandra’s special donor friends and how Eloise became my special donor buddy”

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Finding out as a teenager I was donor-conceived

Listen to Narelle talk about being a teenager and finding out she was donor-conceived.

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