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When couples struggle with fertility, many of them turn to sperm donors to help them get pregnant.
This process has worked well for many families, but one woman, who used a sperm donor to have a child, says she thinks there should be changes made in the industry.
Wendy Kramer says her son always wanted to meet his biological dad, so she co-founded the Donor Sibling Registry, a website that allows donors and donor-conceived children to voluntarily connect. She says there are now 33,000 users and the website has made more than 9,000 connections.
As women postpone having children and face the ticking of their biological clocks, they may turn to donor eggs or donor sperm to help them have children. For women (and men) in Washington State, the fertility industry will be transformed in late July, 2011. Under a law recently signed by the governor, anyone who provides sperm or eggs to a fertility clinic in the state must also provide identifying information and a medical history.
When lesbians decide it is time to start http://www.trying-to-conceive.com a baby, one of the first questions is how to pick a donor. Whether you choose a known donor or use a sperm bank is a very personal choice, but not an easy one. What are the advantages of conceiving a baby with the help of a known donor? And what are the disadvantages?
Here’s some pros, and some cons.
I feel it is my duty to warn other prospective gay moms about using a known donor, such as a friend. I understand completely the desire to use a donor who is known and to have his involvement as an "uncle" or "Godfather" in the child's life, but I caution against this. The law is unchartered in this new area of family arrangements, and unsuspecting women could find themselves in an emotionally and financially costly court battle if the donor decides he wants more, despite any signed agreements.
I am helping to put together a series of questions together to help match Gay Men/Couples with Lesbians/Couples who are looking for a donor. I want to cover all options such as (a) Co-parenting, (b) Known Donor Dad and (c) Anonymous Donor Dad etc.
The aim would be to help find out what the Lesbian Couple was looking for OR what the Gay Men are looking for by matching answers to questions. The "question" is ....what should be the "questions"?
Doesn't any one have such a list? Or know of a resources that I could use to help get this going?