Visibility: Why We Do What We Do

Yesterday, I was invited to chat to Anna Foster of BBC Radio 5 Live about sperm donors and how there is now an increase in demand for them outside of the realms of the NHS. We talked about what we went through and what *should* be common practise when deciding to do at-home artificial insemination (AI).

It certainly wasn’t your average Monday and throughout the whole interview I was asking myself why on earth I was sharing such personal details about our son’t conception (legs up in the air and all). It was an experience, and whilst I was incredibly anxious about the whole thing I was driven by our story and getting it out there so that others out there could see some form of hope. That there are other options when it comes to conception.

If you would like to listen to the whole feature, you can skip through to 10:12 via the link above.
(I’m on at 39:00).

The main concern within the interview surrounded the regulation of certain Facebook groups where couples, usually Lesbian couples, can find sperm donors, and how risky this is. It also briefly explored how the NHS need to change their stance on when they offer support for same sex couples.

Basically, if the cost to have a baby wasn’t so high – then perhaps women wouldn’t be taking the risks to have a baby.

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Having a Baby via Sperm Donation: A Post by CoParents.co.uk

*This is a post by CoParents.co.uk

Starting a family when you are in a same-sex relationship can be a path full of obstacles. Depending on the road you take, finding a sperm donor can take months or even years, before finally undergoing fertility treatments, crossing your fingers and hoping you’ll quickly become pregnant.

At least, the silver lining is that in the UK, donor insemination and IVF are available to lesbian couples who wish to have a baby (which isn’t the case in many other European countries). And finally, all the joy that your child will bring you is worth all the obstacles in the world.

Where to find a sperm donor…

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