Searching for bio-siblings: Families of same sperm-donor babies connect online
|globalnews.ca 15 May 2017 at 15:52|
His biological siblings (also known as bio-siblings or diblings) live in cities across the world â just one other lives in Canada.
Lenny came into the world via sperm donor, the son of a woman who was told she would never be able to have children.
âI wasnât able to talk about this to my friends, my family and IÂ kept this from them.â
After being told her body was already showing early signs of menopause, Anne-ĂlodieÂ decided to see if she couldÂ have a babyÂ using a sperm donor.
âThe doctor said at the start that it was impossible, but with treatment and luck, IÂ feel so lucky to have Lenny.â
Dr. William Buckett, director of the MUHC fertility clinic , explained women have the option of choosing an âopen IDâ donor,Â completeÂ with a photo, an essay and a full medical history.
âOnce the child turns 18, he or she will be able to contact the sperm bank to receive the latest contact information on the donor,âÂ Buckett said.
Thatâs the decision she made and after giving birth, Anne-Ălodie started looking for families toÂ share her journey with.
File photo of a pregnant woman.
âIt was selfish to decide to have a baby on my own and IÂ thought, âHe wonât have a father,â and IÂ wanted him to be able to have information on the donor,â she said.
âI feel guilty for my choice. I really wanted to have a child and Iâm not sure if my baby will one day be mad at me.â