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Sperm Donors

DNA = Donors Not Anonymous

Wendy Kramer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Health News
Wendy Kramer

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.

NBC Story: 48 Donor Siblings and the ASRM

Wendy Kramer | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

I feel that regulation and oversight of the infertility industry is a necessity, and would only improve this broken system, and help thousands of families who have used donor eggs and sperm to create their families.

Biology and Birth Certificates: Our Right to Accuracy

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2015 | 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.

Donor Families Connecting: Love or Fear?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Parents can, and should put the needs and desires of their children to seek out and connect with half siblings and/or donors, above their own fears. This is the ultimate sacrifice that parents make for their children. It is also the greatest gift we can give to our children, and to ourselves.

We Are Done Having Kids: Saying Goodbye to Sperm

The Next Family | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

We couldn't be more done having kids. Yet even with the genius findings of a naïve med student, it was hard for me to allow the fertility clinic to discard the vials of frozen sperm we had left in storage.

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

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.06.2015 | 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 09.29.2015 | 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.