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"Donor Babies" Are Sometimes Grandparents!

Wendy Kramer | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

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.

A Multi-Billion-Dollar Unregulated Industry With No Oversight -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Many sperm and egg donors and recipients have been told by their doctors, fertility clinics, and sperm/egg banks that there are laws in effect prohibi...

Do Older Celebrity Mothers Owe Us Women An Explanation?

Hannah Idamakanti | Posted 06.22.2016 | Women
Hannah Idamakanti

This year Janet Jackson announced she was pregnant at 49. Immediately following the announcement came the bashing of her age. I don't want to spark a debate about her age at conception, but it was interesting how many people started playing social worker or doctor in regards to how old is too old.

A Brief History of Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

1322: Artificial insemination (referred to as AI until the 1980s) was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares.

The Donor Sibling Registry Reaches 50,000 Members!

Wendy Kramer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

50,000 members! The Force is with us!

Sperm Donation Needs Federal Regulation

Wendy Kramer | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Wendy Kramer

Too often the medical profile of a sperm donor is merely a snapshot of one day in the life of a healthy young man. It often doesn't reveal what will happen five or 10 years down the road to the donor or to members of his immediate family.

Egg Donation: Reporting Discrepancies & Medical Issues

Wendy Kramer | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

We can see huge discrepancies regarding statistics that the reproductive medicine industry reports for the health of egg donors following donations. T...

Reflections From A Five-Time Egg Donor

The Establishment | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts
The Establishment

Artist Jenny Carolin, who has donated her eggs five times, discusses writing letters to her future children, the haunting work she's created about who...

Thinking About Selling Your Sperm or Eggs?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

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.

Donor Conceived People Searching -- One Central Registry

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Donor Sibling Registry "Copycat" Sites- Why Dilute the Search? Over the past decade or so, there have been a few Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) "copy...

The New "Check Box" That Needs to Be On Pediatrician's Forms

Wendy Kramer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Pediatricians gather a multitude of information, including insurance, addresses, and phone numbers. Current pediatric intake forms may also ask other ...

Biology and Birth Certificates: Our Right to Accuracy

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Most U.S. citizens raised by their biological parents never question whether the information on their birth certificates is accurate. With the evolution of adoption and alternate means of conceiving a child, "accurate" is an increasingly subjective term.

30k-60k US Sperm and Egg Donor Births Per Year?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

For more than a quarter of a century, '30,000 annual births' is still trotted out in academia, lectures and the media. Yet so much about donor insemination has changed during this time. Using either of the whole figures is scientifically unjustifiable, and the range is just as flawed.

Grandparents via Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

There are significant cross-generational relationships that gamete donation has engendered that haven't yet been talked about. As donor conceived people and their donors (aka biological mothers and fathers) are finding each other more regularly through the Donor Sibling Registry and through DNA testing websites, there are members of a third generation that are also connecting- the grandparents.

Sperm Donors Who Wish to Remain Anonymous Just Shouldn't Donate.

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

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.

Roots and Wings for Donor Offspring

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Donor conception can be talked about openly and honestly between loving parents and their donor children. Telling is just the beginning though. And having a curious child in no way lessons your importance or significance as a parent. It is an innate human desire to want to know where we come from.

The Birds And The Bees, Version 2.0

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

There is a saying: It takes a village. Well, for our family it is literally a true statement. My husband, Eli, and I have two beautiful daughters. Milo is five years old and Demi is 19 months old. To have them, we needed to go through two surrogacy journeys with the help and support of a wonderful egg donor, two amazing gestational carriers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, attorneys and our close family, of course. Both Milo and Demi share the same egg donor and have a different biological dad; one girl is biologically Eli's and one is biologically mine.

Why In My Family, I'm Both The Mom And Dad

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

My husband and I knew we wanted to be parents even before we got married. One problem: we are two men.

Honoring All Mothers on Mother's Day

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Every one of us has at least one woman who served a part in our being here and/or being raised to the best of their ability. May we open our hearts to ALL mothers - not just those who might be featured in a Hallmark special.

Finding Family Truths and Roots

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

The 258-page book compiled by Wendy Kramer, the mother of a donor-conceived son and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, helps blood-related kin navigate relationships unthought-of generations ago.

Commercialized Conception Casualties: "Brave" Baby Making?

Mirah Riben | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mirah Riben

Will baby-making simply continue in this wild-west fashion? Is having a baby a "right" for everyone and anyone who can afford it, no matter how it is accomplished, with the means determined only by what is possible?

One Good Egg: The Perfect Match

Wendy Burch | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Wendy Burch

Lately, I have been looking for the kind of signs that aren't plastered everywhere. You know, the ones that aren't as obvious -- but once you see them -- misguided feelings simply disappear as you discover a newfound confidence that you are, indeed, on the right track.

The Cost Of Being A First-Time Egg Donor

Justine Griffin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Justine Griffin

The eggs in my ovaries made me valuable. Without them, there is no in vitro fertilization, no surrogate mothers, no baby-making business. As it unfolded, I began to feel like a commodity rather than a human being, a means to an end on the infant assembly line.

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

Wendy Burch | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Wendy Burch

"How do you like your eggs?" is usually a question I am asked at my neighborhood Denny's by a waitress names Wanda. It's not the sort of question I expect to hear from my doctor.

Designer Baby Technology May Be Here, But Will We Use It?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology

We may be one step closer to designer babies. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent last Tuesday to the Silicon Valley company 23and...