By admin on April 20, 2022

This  DSR blog will be paused from 2022-2025 while I focus on writing monthly articles for my Psychology Today blog page:
Donor Family Matters. 

 
Here are links to the 2022 published articles:


3/6/22

Supporting Donor Family Members

Adequate counseling and education are vital.


3/25/22

A Brief History of Donor Conception

Looking at eight centuries of manipulating sperm.


4/19/22

Words Have Power in Sperm and Egg Donor Families

The language of reproductive medicine can be tricky.


5/5/22

Happy Mother's Day to Solo Moms (of Donor Kids)

Personal Perspective: A special shout-out to single mother (only) parents.


5/27/22

Donor Conception: Questions for Prospective Parents

Issues and themes to ponder when considering using donor gametes.


6/23/22

Truth and Honesty in Families of Donor-Conceived Children

Early disclosure is crucial for building a happy and healthy family.

7/21/22

A Dearth of Adequate Gamete Donor and Recipient Counseling

Education and counseling before selling or buying sperm and eggs is crucial.


8/25/22

Are You Thinking About Donating Your Sperm or Eggs?

A few practical, ethical, emotional, and medical issues to consider.


9/26/22

Nature and Nurture in Donor Families

Biological and non-biological parents matter.



10/26/22

Tips for Parents of Adult Donor-Conceived People

Are you about to disclose, or do you have a child who just found out the truth?


11/28/22

DNA: Donors Not Anonymous

Sperm and egg donor anonymity has not been possible since 2005.


12/13/22

Secrecy v. Privacy in Donor Families

Walking the fine line between privacy and secrecy is inherent in donor families.



Here are links to the 2023 published articles:


1/6/23

Why are Sperm and Eggs Still Sold Anonymously?

Personal Perspective: The consequences of donor anonymity.


1/27/23

Cornerstones of the Donor Family: Kindness and Empathy

From choosing a donor to expanding one's family to include donor relatives. 


2/28/23

Tips for Donor-Conceived Adults Who Just Found Out the Truth

The road might be bumpy for a while, with a multitude of difficult emotions.


4/3/23

Donor-Conceived People Who Have Always Known the Truth

Being donor-conceived can have inherent challenges, even if told early on.

4/24/23

Egg and Sperm Donors: It's Complicated

Some common thoughts and feelings surrounding selling one's gametes.


5/8/22023

Donor-Conceived People: Curiously not Curious

Some insist that they are not at all curious about their donor origins.


6/12/2023

Parents of Donor-Conceived People

Researching the thoughts and feelings of biological and non-biological parents.


7/5/2023

Reaching Out to Sperm and Egg Donors

Weighing the risks and rewards when deciding whether to attempt contact.


7/27/2023

Why Is There a Shortage of Black Egg and Sperm Donors?

Creating a more diverse donor landscape.


8/7/2023

Donor-Conceived Children Meeting Their Half-Siblings

Widening one's family circle with enriching, lifelong relationships.


9/5/2023

Gamete Sellers: It's More Than Just a Financial Transaction

Common themes, topics, and issues that arise with former egg and sperm donors.


10/2/2023

Sperm Banks, Egg Facilities, and the Backfire Effect

Why have gamete sellers been resistant to evolving ideas about donor families?

11/1/2023

Contacting a Gamete Donor for the First Time: The Letter.

You might not get a second chance to make a first impression.


12/4/2023

Donor Offspring: Curiosity, Connecting, & Attachment Theory

Securely attached individuals are more likely to have a positive experience.



Here are links to the 2024 published articles:



1/4/2024

DNA Matters: Psychological Differences in Donor Families

Accurate and updated mental health information is vital for families and donors


1/25/2024

The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank

An idea whose time has come.


2/26/2024

The Problems With Donor-Sibling Groups of 50, 250, or More

Important medical, psychological, and social implications for donor offspring.


3/29/2024

What Rights are Important to Donor-Conceived People?

Identity, acknowledgment, dignity, and connection.