Plus: Meet the single women having kids on their own terms.
It should be recognized that it's not just the donor conceived people who are becoming grandparents, it's also the donors, many of who donated back when they were in college.
For some in the LGBT community, determining how they can start or even grow their families with the help of fertility experts is a process sometimes fraught with obstacles. I'm happy to say that in my nearly 30 years as a fertility doctor, third-party reproductive options have come a long way.
1. Record-keeping on donors, parents, and offspring 2. Number of children born to a donor 3. Limits on the number of vials
1322: Artificial insemination (referred to as AI until the 1980s) was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares.
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Having a pregnant Christine going behind her husband's back and putting both her life and the life of her baby in jeopardy
Here's an important, though rarely discussed, aspect of same-sex parenting.
This kind of irresponsible advertising (from a NY sperm bank), only goes to show the lack of proper education given to prospective donors about decisions made now for a quick buck, that can affect them (and their families) for the rest of their lives.
I invite you to follow in the steps of many egg clinics and agencies, and offer your donors and parents the option of writing the Donor Sibling Registry into your sperm banking agreements - establishing anonymous (if desired) contact on the Donor Sibling Registry, right from the start.
Many donor-conceived people are finding only out by accident that they have been predisposed to certain conditions. In 2009
I can't help but wonder when the sperm banks and egg clinics will start acknowledging that there is no such thing as guaranteed donor anonymity.
Some offspring do long to know their genetic parents. If relationships evolve after connecting, then that's icing on the cake for all involved. It's time that the rights of donor conceived people to search for, and connect with their first degree genetic relatives are acknowledged.
Attention romance writers everywhere! We’ve found a potential plot for your next novel. An Australian woman is in a loving relationship with the anonymous sperm donor who gave her a daughter.
At conception and in the months before birth, we make parental choices before we meet our child or children. The best we can do is to make educated decisions based on science, faith and what we feel is right.
Why doesn't Danielle Schreiber want to allow Jason Patric to have visitation with her son? The answer should be obvious: The safety and well being of herself and her child.
Most commitments in life come with an escape clause. You can join a group and later decide to leave. You can accept a job and then quit. Deep friendships can slowly fade -- even marriages. But to be asked by someone to participate in the act of creating a child... this was truly sacred.
In the last year, over the course of four IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) and one IVF (in-vitro fertilization) procedure, I have purchased millions of sperm "donated" by men whose names, ages and places of birth remain unknown to me.
Comedian Emma Tattenbaum-Fine joins HuffPost Live to discuss her search for her biological father.