Donor sperm has been used for many decades to help couples where the male partner is infertile to have children. In more recent times, same-sex couples and single women increasingly have also used donor sperm to have children.
Until now little has been known about the health and development of children conceived with donor sperm as they get older, but a recent study conducted in Australia show’s that they are as healthy as other children.
VARTA has submitted two nominations to the Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Awards to acknowledge the significant contribution made by a number of donor-conceived people and donors who have given countless hours to help promote public understanding of donor conception.
More than 160 people attended the 2018 Louis Waller Lecture, ‘Looking back: the early days of donor conception in Victoria’, making it VARTA’s largest Louis Waller Lecture to date.
The evening, launched by the Victorian Minister for Health the Hon Jill Hennessy MP by video, and compèred by VARTA Chairperson Kirsten Mander, was particularly special because the keynote speech was delivered by Emeritus Professor Waller himself.
Elizabeth, a parent of three donor-conceived adults born as a result of donor treatment in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, recounts her experience of early donor treatment and having donor-conceived children.
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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.
What were the early days of donor conception like in Victoria? Here is a snapshot of the experience of a counsellor and parent from the Royal Women's Hospital. You may also be interested in the 2018 Louis Waller Lecture about the early days of donor conception in Victoria.
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.