On this page is shared news articles, and blog articles relevant to the donor conceived community.
Connecting with Fellow Donor Conceived:
Worldwide Donor Conceived People Network
A group EXCLUSIVELY for donor conceived people (including those born of surrogacy) around the world.
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The Anonymous Us Project is a safety zone for real and honest insights regarding third party reproduction (sperm & egg donation, and surrogacy). We aim to share the experiences of voluntary and involuntary participants in these new reproductive technologies, while preserving the dignity and privacy for story-tellers and their loved ones. All stories are contributed anonymously because "anonymity in reproduction hides the truth, but anonymity in story-telling helps reveal the truth."
Donor Conception Postcard Project
"The Project is an experiment to gather postcards representing varied views, thoughts, feelings, comments regarding the use of Donor Conception."
DNA Testing Sites:
Films about Egg Donation, Sperm Donation & Surrogacy:
Anonymous Father's Day
"Thousands of donor-conceived people have a deep longing to know who they belong to, where they come from, and who they look like. What is it like to grow up not knowing who your biological father is or if you have any siblings? What is it like to find out that the man you thought was your dad is not your biological father, that your true biological father donated his sperm and is known only by a number? How does it impact your self-perception, the choices you make, and your view of life and the world? Donor-conceived people are demanding answers to these basic questions about their origins, their lives, and their identities."
"The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads—via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds—offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream come true.” But who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short- and long-term risks to her health? The answers to these questions will disturb you . . . "
Breeders: A Subclass of women?
"Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?"
Blogs by Donor Conceived:
Anonymous Us Project (a story collection of ‘donor’ conceived and others involved in DC)
Child of a Stranger (‘donor’ conceived woman from the US)
Connect It- "Contemplating the humor, ethics and truth of being the product of anonymous sperm donation."
Confessions of a Cryokid (‘donor’ conceived woman from the US)
Daughter of a Donor (‘donor’ conceived woman from the UK) "Everyone has the right to know the truth about where they come from and the identity of their biological parents. However, most born through arrangements with 'donors' are denied these basic rights. Some spend a lifetime searching for answers. Please help consider the rights of 'donor' conceived people - read and share this blog."
My Father’s Daughter (‘donor’ conceived woman from the US)
Donor Conceived Perspectives: Voices from the Offspring (12 ‘donor’ conceived from around the globe)
"Have you ever wondered whatever happens to the children created by sperm donors? We are adult donor conceived people from all over the world, and these are our stories. We are females and males aged 17 to 65, and come from three continents, with varying views towards our conception, but we all share one thing in common...our biological father was a sperm donor."
Donor conceived or just a child
Donated Generation (‘donor’ conceived man from Australia)
"Thoughts of donor conception practices from a donor offspring whose views changed dramatically once he had children of his own. This event has lead me on a quest to find my true identity, heritage, family health history and genetic relations (both donor and siblings), for myself and for my children."
Journey Into the Bubble (a ‘donor’ conceived woman from the UK – who passed away a few years ago)
"... I had to face this if I was to survive but my first task was to get into deep remission through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, when seeking a donor I found out that my background was not exactly what I thought it was and that I was donor conceived. As my DNA is unusual and most donor conceived adults are denied access to their records, I was in for a voyage of discovery...."
Stork Unmasked ('donor' conceived woman from Quebec written in French)
Offspring Girl - "This blog is about my journey to find my biological father."
Searching for my sperm donor father
"SearchingForMySpermDonorFather.org is a website about people trying to connect with their sperm donor fathers and other relatives."
Written by a man about his perspectives and feelings about being a product of surrogacy.
Who do you think you are? (‘donor’ conceived woman from Australia – who recently passed away)
"What would you do if you were told you had no right to access information about your own identity? From a cheeky little girl, to a determined young woman; this is my story."
Primal Wound - Nancy Verrier
"The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child", by Nancy Verrier, is a challenging and courageous work. A book which adoptees call their "bible," it is a must read for anyone connected with adoption: adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, therapists, educators, and attorneys. In its application of information about perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, "The Primal Wound" clarifies the effects of separation from the birthmother on adopted children. In addition, it gives adoptees, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. As one adoptee said, "Only one thing has caused me more pain and damage than the existence of the primal wound: the world's insistence that it does not exist."
The Anonymous US Project - Alana S. Newman
"Anonymity in donor conception hides the truth but anonymity in story-telling helps reveal it.