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Grandparents via Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.29.2015 | 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.

Donor Conceived People and The Reproductive Medicine Industry Disconnect

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

It's an innate human desire to want to know where we come from. It's important for both our medical and psychological well being to know about our biological first-degree relatives, our ancestry, our medical backgrounds, and our genetics.

Sisters Born of the Same Sperm: I Used a Disney Movie to Define Donor Siblings

The Next Family | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

Of course they look similar. Of course their wings light up when they are close to each other. Okay, that last one only happened to Tink and Peri, but the excitement of learning the bigger connection she has between herself and the girls is real.

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

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.28.2015 | 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.

The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank. An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

A cultural phenomenon is growing these days in the world of gamete donation. The voices of the donor-conceived are growing louder and clearer, and the vast majority express that knowing or having known the identity of their donors is better than not knowing.

Roots and Wings for Donor Offspring

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2015 | 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.

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.

Film Review: Two Mothers or 'How Do Lesbian Birds Make Babies?'

Brandon Judell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Judell

Commencing in the first few minutes with tender lovemaking, the film quickly changes focus and concentrates on Isa's fruitless phone calls to various sperm banks everywhere from Munich to Hamburg.

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?

Overcoming My Baby Urge

Mable Chan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Mable Chan

It's not too late. No baby doesn't mean no mommy. If I can't be a mother at my age, I can be mentor at any stage.

College Friends Find Out They're Actually Half-Sisters!

Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News

Mikayla Stern-Ellis, 19, and Emily Nappi, 18, realized they had a lot of similarities when they met on Facebook while searching for a roommate at Tula...

I'm Thankful for Getting the Crap Scared Out of Me

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Gilbert

There is an extra man in our relationship. I don't think about him too much, but every once in a while I have to or I want to or I forget something about him that I want to remember. So that's when I usually ask my wife to help me out.

And Baby Makes Four

Margaret Klaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Margaret Klaw

A person who is feeding, clothing and nurturing a child, a person with whom a child has bonded, a person who is -- let's use the verb -- parenting a child, can now stand on a level playing field in the halls of the family court with those who birthed or adopted her.

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...

Seeking My Anonymous Sperm-Donor Father

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 12.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I did once seek out my biological father. A front-page article had hit The New York Times, and I was suddenly spammed by 6,000 well-meaning friends emailing me about

Occupation: Sperm Donor

David Macaray | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
David Macaray

There's a growing number of women out there who are looking for accomplished men to father their children. This is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. After all, which would you rather be the mother of -- a certified genius or gifted athlete, or a fry cook?

Kathleen Miles

Actor Sparks Fight Over Sperm-Donor Rights | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Actor Jason Patric says he is a father. His former girlfriend says he was just a sperm donor. Now, the Hollywood child custody dispute has stirred...

WATCH: 'Survivor' Winner Got Surprise Decades After Sperm Donation

OWN | Posted 08.28.2013 | OWN

Long before Richard Hatch received $1 million for winning the first season of "Survivor," he was a college student looking to make some extra money. O...

Sperm Donor Conception: Not a DIY Project!

Lilah Sutphen | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Lilah Sutphen

No matter where you live, the informal, friendly, at-home donation method is a bad idea. The casual use of a friend's sperm almost always leads to unwanted legal consequences.

Nobody Told Me Getting Pregnant Would Be This Hard

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

I'm not pregnant. If I were 17, this would be cause for celebration, but when you are ready for a baby and you can't just materialize one, an empty womb feels like an empty heart.

Senate Bill 115 is Necessary to Protect Children and Fathers

Fred Silberberg | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

The Uniform Parentage Act governs the determination of parentage of children who are born of parents that are not married.

Designing Your New Modern Family

David Duran | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
David Duran

While June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver" may continue to loom large in our Norman Rockwell vision of a family, today's reality is more Liz Lemon from "30 Rock."

Sperm Donor Legal Issues Highlighted By Kansas Case

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Experts believe a Kansas sperm donor being sued by the state for child support put himself in a precarious legal position by getting i...

Kansas Makes Surprising Claim Against Sperm Donor

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kansas state officials are seeking child support from the sperm donor to a lesbian couple in exchange for the state providing the child's mother with ...

Infertility, Miscarriage, Autism, Widowhood -- and other Funny Tales

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Amy Lennard Goehner

Fred and I had only 11 years together. But we packed a lot in.