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Donor Insemination

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If you are wanting to connect with others who have had their children through DI or are trying to conceive through DI, please join our e-mail support group or DI Bulletin Board. The insights of children of DI and donors are also welcomed.

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The DI Decision
How is DI Done?
Phychological Considerations

DI (Donor Insemination) is now widely practiced throughout the world. The pregnancy rate is high: 70 to 80% of couples who choose DI eventually have a child by this method. 30-50,000 babies are conceived each year in North America with the help of DI. It's time that DI become a widely accepted form of family building.

As the parents of a child conceived through DI, we understand the challenges and choices couple turning to DI face. We have a beautiful son who was conceived with the help of DI. It is our hope that society will become more accepting of this option to family building that has been in practice for over 100 years!

DI offers a range of benefits to couples.

  • The experience of pregnancy from the start to the birth, often seen as an important preparation for parenthood, is shared by the couple.
  • One parent has a biological and genetic link with the child.
  • By attending the inseminations the husband can share in the child's conception.
  • DI is a relatively simple and usually painless procedure requiring  neither surgery nor a stay in hospital.
  • Public opinion is showing a far greater acceptance of DI as a means of having a family. Many couples find they receive support and reassurance from their family and friends when they tell them they are receiving the treatment.
  • The treatment is confidential. Couples decide for themselves who knows that they are being treated.
  • The anonymity of the donor ensures against any legal, material or emotional claim by him on the couple or child and vice versa.
The Dilemmas of DI
  • Some religious groups are still opposed to donor insemination.
  • The secrecy that sometimes surrounds a DI conception can perpetuate the notion that it is naturally and ethically wrong. This can, in some cases, lead to feelings of guilt and fear in relation to the child's birth and nurture.
  • As with adoption, the husband has no hereditary or genetic relationship with the child, and his procreative desires cannot be fulfilled.
  • Both partners need to reflect on their attitudes and feelings towards a child conceived by donor semen and its impact on their relationship. A mutual acceptance is of the utmost importance but cannot always be reached.
  • The right of the child to know about the method of conception is a controversial question which some couples find hard to resolve.
  • Remarks about family likeness should be expected when the  baby arrives. These are perfectly normal, but they can cause embarrassment if parents are not prepared for them.
  • Children conceived with anonymous sperm may have a difficult time emotionally because their biological father and his family could forever be a mystery.


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