Helen* was conceived using donor sperm. Her sperm donor died before she was able to contact him, but she has since connected with her donor’s son and with other donor-siblings through the Voluntary Register.
When did you find out that you were donor-conceived? How was that experience?
Ken Daniels is Adjunct Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of assisted human reproduction for 35 years undertaking counselling, research and policy development. He has published over 140 papers and chapters in books. He is the author of the widely used book designed for parents and professionals, ‘Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination’.
A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.
The increasing popularity of DNA ancestral testing such as 23andme and ancestry.com means that some people are finding out that they are not genetically connected with family members in the way that they may have thought. At the same time, there are those who have done DNA tests and found themselves matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.
We are a supportive network of 1,850 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people.
The Donor Legacy Project aims to provide resources that can assist donors to create and submit information to the Voluntary Register. We use the word ‘legacy’ in our title as we are aware that many donors are aging, may be unwell or unfortunate circumstances may occur. By documenting information or creating a legacy, offspring will be able to grasp an understanding of the donor.
The Victorian Government asked VARTA to conduct an independent consultation of donors who would be affected by any changes to legislation arising from the Victorian Law Reform Committee’s recommendation to allow all donor-conceived people access to their donor’s identifying information. The VLRC’s report Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors, was published in March 2012.
Not every donor-linking story is the same, some are confined to polite exchanges of cards or emails, while others develop into lasting relationships. Each outcome is unique and determine by the people involved.
In the past twenty years egg freezing has been offered as an option to preserve fertility for women who are diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy that might affect their fertility. This is called ‘onco fertility preservation’ (OFP). Advances in egg freezing techniques in the last ten years have improved the chance of having a baby from frozen eggs. As a result, more and more women around the world now turn to egg freezing for non-medical reasons to guard against age-related fertility decline. This is called elective fertility preservation (EFP).