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  • What to do when you first find out you are Donor Conceived

    These are some suggestions from late discovery UK donor conceived people…

  • Dr Bertold Wiesner and his wife Dr Mary Barton

    PET April 2012: Scientist allegedly fathered 600 children at own sperm clinic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Barton_(obstetrician) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertold_Wiesner

  • Examples of First Contact Replies to new Donor Conceived children

    Please find below, examples of actual letters and emails that have been sent in reply to first contact letters and emails from ‘new’ donor conceived children. Examples of First Contact Letters to new Biological Parents Example 1 Dear [name] What can I say? I too don’t really know how to reply? The simplest way for me…

  • Examples of First Contact Letters to new Biological Parents

    Please find below, examples of actual letters and emails that have been sent to ‘new’ biological parents. Note that some letters have been successful in receiving replies and some haven’t. Related post: Examples of First Contact Replies to new Donor Conceived children Successful Letters/Emails Example 1 Subject line: Query  Dear [potential biological parent], I hope…

  • The ethical considerations that Recipient Parents and donors should be aware of (from the perspective of adult DCP) 

    By Laura Bridgens, founder of Donor Conceived UK Donor-conceived people (DCP) may have unique perspectives and feelings about their origins, and it’s important for recipient parents and gamete donors to be aware of the ethical considerations to ensure the best possible outcomes for DCP. Here are some key ethical considerations from the perspective of adult DCP: …

  • What NOT to say to a DCP

    “As far as I’m concerned you grew up in a nice family with loving parents” (Sarah) “Why do you care, you have a Mum and Dad” (Sarah) “Stop sharing private family information” (Sarah) “Aren’t you glad you’re alive?” (DCUK Consultation) “But you must have been so wanted, remember that” (DCUK Consultation) “But are you allowed…

  • Dean – Donated 1982

    Name: Dean Donated: 1982 Where donated: Southampton General Hospital One day in 1982, aged 28, I found myself in the Southampton General Hospital (SGH) library studying for exams to qualify as a Biomedical Scientist. I had slipped away for a coffee and came back to my desk to find a slip of paper randomly placed…

  • Margaret Jackson Clinic

    The invisible man. Artificial insemination by donor and the legislation on donor anonymity: a review

  • Historical UK Fertility Clinics

    Birmingham Women’s Hospital (1985 -??) Dr Reynold Boyd, 52 Harley Street (1942 – 1974) Dr Newill, Harley St (1976 -?? ) Guys Hospital (1989 – ??) Margaret Jackson clinic, Exeter (1940 – 1980) North Devon Hospital, Barnstaple (1980 – ???) University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester (1990-1992??) Watford General Hospital, Watford (1985 – ??) Dr…

  • Steve – Donated 1978

    Name: Steve Donated: 1978 (at age 28) Where donated: Wiston’s clinic in Brighton My donor journey was anything but altruistic. It was financially driven, pure and simple. Newly arrived in Brighton, and the proud possessor of a mortgage, I decided it was time to go back to university as a mature student of 28. Suddenly…