For the vast majority of us who are yet to build families of our own, the thought of having children is, frankly, overwhelming. The entrance of children into our lives means a massive personal paradigm shift; a new reality where we are no longer at the center of our own lives, someone else is—someone who needs a lot of our time and energy. And it occurs to us that eventually, someday, maybe even soon ish , those people could be us. We can, instead, take comfort in knowing that by the time we decide to have kids, we will be ready at least relatively speaking. The bad news for those of us with same-sex partners? So when it comes to lesbians creating a family that is biologically linked to one or both partners, the first major step is answering one not-so-simple question: How?
A Lesbian Couple Shares What It's Really Like To Go Through Donor Insemination
A Lesbian Couple Shares What It's Like To Use Donor Sperm To Get Pregnant | SELF
Kathy in Virginia is a new mother. So is Andrea in San Diego. Kathy is a lesbian with a partner and Andrea is heterosexual and single. Yet both chose a lesbian-founded sperm bank - Pacific Reproductive Services - when they decided to become parents. Their major reason for doing so: A desire to find a donor insemination practice that would not only meet the highest professional standards but also be fully supportive of this new direction in their lives. While lesbians were most urgently in need of a progressive sperm bank in the face of widespread public and medical discrimination, PRS recognized that all women who wished to become mothers outside the traditional married, heterosexual model also often faced significant barriers and limited support. For a woman planning an alternative family, a sperm bank that is fully supportive and understanding of her unique needs can make the insemination process easier.
The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation
If you decide to go ahead, our friendly staff will provide you with guidance and support throughout the process, helping you make informed decisions and find the right option for you. Find out more about our donor programs. Sperm Donor Program. One of the first things a lesbian woman, or couple undergoing fertility treatment will need to do is choose a sperm donor. This process involves comprehensive medical assessment, detailed screening, consent forms and counselling of all parties involved in the donation.
It was like sperm is my co-pilot. After meeting in and marrying in , the couple was ready to expand their family. Erin, 41, had already given birth to two children during a previous marriage. Over the last 13 months, the Alders have immersed themselves in every aspect of the often confusing and sometimes heartbreaking world of building a family through donor insemination. When the Alders first started thinking about donor insemination—the preferred term for what we used to call artificial insemination—they first considered whether they would use a known donor or an anonymous donor.