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Published: April 2014
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Donor conception

Talking to young adults about their conception

Headline: Talking to young adults about their conception

Barbara and Lauren (mother and daughter) tell their story of donor conception.  

Barbara, after nearly quarter of a century of keeping the secret of her daughters' conceptions, tells them they are donor conceived.  
Lauren, who was 21 when she was told of her conception, tells us her experience of being on the receiving end of this news. 

Photo of Lauren and Barbara 

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Donor conception

Talking to young children about using a sperm donor to become a family

Jacqui and Sarah provide us with their thoughts and experiences in talking to young children about how they used a sperm donor to become a family.

“It’s understandable to be apprehensive, of course it is.  It can be quite a scary and challenging thing but in the end the important thing is tell kids early.  I think that it’s really important; it’s something that they always know.”

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Donor conception

Talking to your children about using an egg donor to become a family

Listen to this interview with Kim and her children talking about using an egg donor to become a family.

"I’m Kim, I used an egg donor for my 11 year old twins.  And I have a genetic son who is 16".

 

Telling about donor assisted conception
Author: Infertility Treatment Authority
Published: April 2006
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Donor conception

Telling about donor assisted conception

This report from the Infertility Treatment Authority, Victoria, presents results of interviews conducted with donor-conceived adults, parents who are recipients of donated sperm or eggs, an egg donor, and infertility counsellors; 34 people in all. Discussion focused on telling donor-conceived people about their conception and resources that would assist parents and donor-conceived people to manage the information.

Telling it your way - book cover
Author: Magie Kirkman, Doreen Rosenthal, Louise Johnson
Published: August 2007
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Donor conception

Telling it your way

A guide for parents of donor-conceived adolescents.

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Donor conception

Telling others about donor conception

Advice from an experienced mother of donor egg twins and clinical psychologist Kim Paleg.
Kim stresses that there is a difference between privacy and secrecy. The more she told others; the easier it became. Over time it stopped being Kim’s story and became her twins’ story and it was they who could choose if and whom they would tell.

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Donor conception

Telling their son about donor conception

Despite having their sons in the secretive era of donor conception in the1980’s, Kerry and her husband Greg had concerns that their story would come out later and so chose to be very open with their sons and their extended family from the start. They are so glad they did as a recent medical diagnosis requiring a bone marrow transplant would have revealed the secret at a very traumatic time.

Published: March 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

 

Elizabeth, mother of three donor-conceived children, talks about how she told her adult children of their conception.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

Headline: Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

When donor conception was first practised, sperm and egg donations were made anonymously. Historically, parents were encouraged to maintain secrecy about their donor treatment. Time has shown that this approach may not have been in the best interests of the child born.

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Donor conception

Telling your child they were conceived using donor embryos

Karen tells of having her children Sarah and William using donor embryos.

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