Episodes

  • Paul Seils Jnr from Noosa in Queensland is the eldest of 4 siblings.  He had gotten married and took on 2 step-children, after a few years of marriage his then partner said she wasn't prepared to have any more children, and eventually, the marriage dissolved.  Paul was back single and the opportunity for his own biological children may have passed. It was then a friend recommended Sperm Donation Australia, to which he ventured down the rabbit hole and explored.

    Paul discusses what it was like to become a donor, the feeling around a successful conception, and the joy it has brought to his life, we also get an insight into his lifestyle, and all the key parts of it, such as keeping fit and healthy, taking vitamin and supplements to increase fertility, his spiritual side, his musical passion and his stance on the covid vaccine, plus much more.

    For more information about this episode visit the show notes: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-53-circle-of-life/

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  • Daniela Chavez. 39, from Southern California, identifies as Trans female, and in this episode, we explore this in hope of possibly inspiring more trans females to consider sperm donation. Daniela first found out about sperm donation via an ex-friend who she offered to help but to her shock was declined as she elected to want to use a stranger.

    She iss still looking to do her maiden donation and has stopped taking hormones to regain a suitable sperm count, so when the time comes she is ready to unload. We also discuss what her dating life looks like she is currently single and taking each day as it comes.

    For more information about this episode visit the website https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-52-wonder-woman/

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  • Johanna, from Gothenburg, in Sweden first featured in episode 14, back in early 2019. She had her choice of matching with any known donor in the world and ultimately picked a donor from Perth, Western Australia. What started off as an optimistic yet hopeful story ended up having so many twists and turns that many others would have perhaps given up, this is a tale of all good things that come to those who wait.

    We recap over all the past events and curve balls she was delivered along the way, such as failed IVF rounds in various countries (Denmark, Sweden, Russia), then finding out she had Turner’s syndrome and therefore needed an egg donor. In May 2022 her baby boy and my most recent donor child finally arrived and were well worth the wait.

    For more information on this episode visit the website https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-51-reaching-valhalla/

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  • Ingrid Stefaniw, 35, who now resides in Brisbane, after traveling abroad and living overseas as a health professional worker which allowed her that flexibility. From the age of 30, she set herself a timeline to find a partner to start a family she gave it a good hard crack, going on over 85 dates on various dating apps with none of them worthy of being her baby’s father.

    Like a lot of people, she took the clinic approach, following a failed IUI and IVF cycle respectively, she finally began her quest for fresh sperm, where she spoke to a handful of donors before deciding to travel across the country to pick me as her donor. We chat about her experience and journey, and how she achieved her first cycle success with a baby due in Feb 2023.

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    For show notes and to learn more visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/from-brisbane-to-perth-to-have-a-baby/

  • Angela Deliso, 35, from California, always knew deep down she was attracted to women, and with the expectations of society, like many didn’t come out to herself for some time. In 2015 she signed up for a dating site where she met her partner Dee and fell in love and got married. Like most love stories the conversation of children came up and before they knew it they were buying vial after vial from the Cryobank.

    After 10 failed cycles of IUI, Angela started questioning her own fertility and the eternal pressures she felt in not falling pregnant to gift her family a newly desired member. It was at this point she came across Kyle Gordy, a world-renowned donor that had proven success and provided an alternative approach. From the clinical setting to doing Ai in the backseat of a car. Angela discovered she wasn’t barren after all and that all she required was good quality sperm, from one fresh donation Angela fell pregnant and is now blessed with a baby boy.

    For more information on this episode visit the website. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-49-after-10-failed-iui-we-need-a-new-plan/

  • "AJ" from Los Angeles has spent almost a decade Wheelchair-bound from a freakish accident down at the beach one day just shy of his 24th birthday. Coming from a Mexican-Latino heavily religious family, he always dreamt of becoming a parent one day, and with that unfortunate event that transpired, his fathering aspirations had to be let go.

    Along the way, he stumbled across the idea of becoming a sperm donor, where he could potentially help a couple of families become parents. With restricted travel limitations, and requiring assistance to produce a donation, it's fair to say logistically he had to think outside the box to make such a gift come true. AJ is a pioneer for those donating with a disability and sheds some insight that may hopefully inspire others to follow suit.

    For more information about this episode visit 

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-48-donating-with-a-disability/

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  • On the Eve, of the Netflix premiere release of Our Father, which highlights the fertility fraud of Doctor Donald Cline from Indianapolis who sired countless amounts of children without patient consent. What better time to speak to a person that found themselves a victim of similar circumstances meet Eve Andrews Wiley from Texas who shares her story and her own hardships from being doctor-conceived.

    Eve's thought to be father Doug died at the age of 7, she later found out at 16 through snooping through her mother's emails that she was donor-conceived.  From there she tracked down Donor 106 "Steve" who was registered as her donor only to find out later he wasn't after forming a strong bond with him. Through her home detective work, she found out she was conceived with her parent's own fertility doctor. Eve has spent her time since pushing for changes in legislation holding those accountable that participated in such heinous acts, to date she has discovered over 60 doctors worldwide that thought this was acceptable practice to partake in.

    For more information about this episode and links to Eve Wiley visit 

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-47-fertility-fraud-doctors-impregnating-their-own-patients/

  • Imagine living almost half of a century and finally being told you were conceived with the assistance of donor sperm back in 1945 in Boston. Well, this is what happened to Peter J Boni, while his mother was recovering from a stroke in her mid-70s it was finally time to tell the big family secret. Peter shares with us his story from becoming an established CEO in the tech world, to losing the man that raised him from depression, through his time in Vietnam and other life-changing events that helped shaped him to become who he is today.

    Since finding out in 1995, Peter has become a fountain of knowledge and a representative for Donor Conceived Peoples rights, and his book "Uprooted" will act as a tool to help push for change and help educate others. Peter shares with us some of his views and perspectives and a bit of history of donor conception and where it might be headed.

    You can buy Uprooted here

    For more information about this episode and information about Peter visit Episode 46: Uprooted – Sperm Donation World

  • Emma Grønbæk is a Donor Conceived Person (DCP) born in 1996 with the assistance of donor sperm acquired from the Cyros International Sperm Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is now an Author of the book  "Donor Child - A Child of Love". In this episode, we speak to her about her book and her own outlook on what it's like being donor-conceived from a positive perspective.

    Emma shares with us that she has no current desire to meet her donor or any potential siblings out there. Also that her parents ignored the doctor's advice at the time to conceal her conception story and how they actually went about it instead. Most DCP live very normal and happy lives, yet most don't feel the need to speak up about it on social media platforms. So it's lovely to hear a very level-headed perspective.

    You can find Emma's book and more information about her on the website. Episode 45: Donor Child – Sperm Donation World (ivfdonationworld.com)

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  • Using an Alias "Lily" for privacy reasons from the East Coast of the U.S we explore a journey of a mother who is in a heterosexual relationship married to a man that had a vasectomy who previously had two children with a previous partner. This newly formed relationship ignited a spark for Lily to have her own children and spanning over 12 years with a 4th child almost here she has well and truly achieved this and has become one of the most experienced mothers in using online donors in America.

    We take a trip down memory lane encountering what it was like in the early days of online sperm donation to what they have gone to now. Lily along the way has had to use a few donors and quite often has had to travel a distance in order to reach them, especially for future siblings. She shares with us all her tips about timing, cervical mucus, we talk about her children's personalities and her different donors.

    For more information about this episode visit: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-44-a-heterosexual-couple-journey-4-donor-babies-over-12-years/

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  • Sonja Thompson was raised in Fargo Dakota, she always knew from a very young age she was attracted to women and is a sucker for a pretty smile and a cute face. So much so that at the age of 23 in Kentucky her then "hot girlfriend" convinced her she was to carry their next child. Previously Soni had no intentions of ever carrying but was talked into it. From there the only question was where to source the sperm? It was hard finding someone willing to donate it and back in that time there were no Sperm Donation World communities, so a  master plan was hatched to acquire the sperm needed by having a threesome, with a man that was thinking he was hitting the jackpot. In fact, the real prize from that night is her son Andrew.

    Soni now 52 and single shares her life story, from pulling off the ultimate heist, to confronting the man and what led to her telling him and her experiences raising a young man that had his own fair share of issues along the way. Soni and Andrew now in his mid-20s do a podcast together called Thompson Talk which has brought them even closer.

    To find out more information about this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-43-sperm-jacking/

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  • Upon Adam Hooper's pending arrival in New Zealand it's probably best he gets in touch with Nz's most experienced lawyer in the field of donor conception. Introducing Mother of three Jaenine Badenhorst from Rainey Collins Lawyers located in Wellington Who specializes in Litigation and Family Law.

    In this episode, we learn about the rights of donors and recipients and their partners, we touch on a little bit on surrogacy. We talk about donor-recipient agreements. All in all, turns out the laws are pretty good in New Zealand for those who seek to do artificial insemination whether it be at home or at a clinic.

    For more information about this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-42-the-laws-in-new-zealand-for-donor-conception/

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  • Samantha J Richardson was brought up in a small town south of Chicago she is the co-author of the book Achieving Parenthood: The Struggles Are Real, The Hope Is Eternal a book that shares various people's insights and journies to parenthood. In this episode, we touch on Samantha's journey from living in countries such as New Zealand and now Australia where we explore her own struggles towards having her little bundle of joy.

    Like many women before her, she was in a dead-end marriage that wasn't going anywhere and the future of having children with this man was becoming less appealing by the second. She ultimately left that relationship and was willing to explore the single mother by choice option. She came across QFG paid a couple of thousand dollars only to be given a small list of very unhealthy and unappealing choices. That is when she discovered Sperm Donation Australia where she met a couple of donors. Unfortunately for Samantha, she was experiencing fertility issues and stage 4 endometriosis where she was forced back to the clinic route, where she used a known donor.

    To find out more information about this episode and to find a link to her new book visit.

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-41-achieving-parenthood-as-a-single-mother-by-choice/

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  • Jess and Leroy Natoli met briefly while out one night through a mutual friend, and soon tracked down each other and became officially an item not too soon after, both wanting similar things in life, a mutual goal would be creating a family in the, not near distant future. They began exploring these options that lead them to a Melbourne-based clinic in which they did IVF.

    The clinic emailed the donor at his 10-year donating anniversary asking him if he wished to continue to have his sperm and embryos already created to be still be made available, his response in the email was a simple No. The law requires the donor to provide a reason for stopping, in which he hasn't therefore the embryos perhaps technically shouldn't be taken away until he fulfills his requirements, we discuss this and the potential angles in trying to save these embryos from destruction. If Jess and Leroy can't save their own embryos they wish to aspire change so others don't have to go through this.

    To find out more about this episode and to sign the petition:

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-40-another-vic-fertility-clinic-to-destroy-embryos-are-yours-safe-part-2/

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  • Lissa Koehler and her ex-partner's first child was born via at-home insemination via a known donor, for a combination of reasons he is no longer an option for future children so they elected to go down the Fertility clinic option. Through an invasive procedure that would involve between30 and 50 internal ultrasounds and other procedures and not to mention extreme medication involved that knocked her around 6 Embryos were the end result, 1 of these embryos resulted in a child, while the rest were stored away to be used at a later date.

    Lissa now with her new partner Kariah were considering their options of another baby when suddenly their victorian clinic rings up to let them know that upon contacting their donor on his mandatory 10-year checkup to see if he still wishes for his biological tissue to be used, he has decided to say no once prompted, which has led these embryos down a path of destruction affecting another 5 families in the process.

    This interview is deeply personal and touches on an array of topics, the clinic procedures, why the laws need to be reviewed, and what can be done about this, plus many interesting general convos along the way. Lissa is now 40 and will have to go through this process again with eggs that obviously won't be the same quality as they were 5 years ago? This time Lissa's support network is much stronger and we wish them a positive outcome.

    For more information about this podcast episode, to support the petition and to follow Lissa and Kariah's socials you can find here 

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-39-another-vic-fertility-clinic-to-destroy-embryos-are-yours-safe-part-1/

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  • Tim Gullicksen from San Francisco back in 1989 wanted to help families that were in need of a sperm donor and he came across the California Cryobank there was only one obstacle in his path and that was he is gay, Back then and even now gay men are still not allowed to be sperm donors at clinics in the USA. Tim had to pretend he was straight to bypass their screening process in order to help create what he was lead to believe would be a maximum of 10 families, but could be more like 90+ families, he was assigned the donor I.D 1237.

    Tim knows of over 30 biological offspring tracked down with the assistance of DNA websites and the Donor Sibling Registry but has formed a close connection with 22 of them, and every year they have a meet-up at Bass Lake in California. Tim shares what it's like to live in this reality and how his offspring feel about having as many siblings as they do. A very fun and insightful episode full of interesting information and outlooks for instance can being gay be genetically inherited 5 his offspring identify as queer. What's does Tim's love interests or partners think of him being a donor? Plus lots more and although Tim never set off or imagined to have formed a family from his donations this is now very much a part of his identity.

    To find out more about this episode and Tim's story visit this episode information page. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-38-a-gay-mans-guide-to-forming-a-family/

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  • Shannon Louise Ashton was a pioneer for same-sex women who always wanted children but found out along the way she had no desire to be with a man so had to think outside the box. She started her motherhood journey via the QFG in the early 2000s at a time when it was all very taboo. Almost 2 decades on a couple of relationships along the way, she has fulfilled her rainbow tribe of 5 children using the popular choice Surfer donor known as id number 188.

    On record, there are 48 children, many still unknown and unaccounted for, with some surprise unexpected encounters across the way like coincidentally one of her children going to the same daycare as another donor sibling. With her oldest child Zac about to reach his adult years, we discuss how they plan to navigate this and the prep talks required.

    Shannon has quite the positive outlook in life, but she has had to deal with a few dramas along the way firstly them being given the wrong donor they had asked for, having to join the donor sibling registry and DNA sites in order to find more of her children’s half-siblings and then there are the questions from her children about their donor and wanting to meet him and her having to explain that this is unlikely to happen with the donor, they ended up getting. In her own words “sometimes what’s meant to happen just happens”.

    To find out more about this episode and links to Shannon's My Family Tribe socials visit  https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-37-my-rainbow-tribe/ 

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  • J.R Silver is the pseudonym  UK Author of the Sharing Seeds children's book series. From the Southern part of England, this man married his wife, lost his sister to breast cancer which raised concerns about his own genetics which prompted him to investigate further not only finding out he was the carrier of BRACA1 gene he soon after discovered his semen sample contained no sperm aka Azoospermia.

    We talk through the feelings of male infertility, throw out a few hypothetical what-ifs and talk through the fertility clinic experience that resulted in his 2 children being conceived with donor sperm with a pending option for a third with one remaining embryo remaining, plus much more.

    For more information about this episode and where to find J R Silver's book and social information please check out the podcast information page. 

    https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-36-talking-male-infertility-and-childrens-books/

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  • Taryn Cumming (South Africa) joins us and she is one half of the 2 Bumps Same Love team. She and partner Kat Buchanan (New Zealand) who are based in Auckland fell pregnant using an online donor almost simultaneously after finding out they both had a low egg reserve and action was required immediately.

    Along their way they started creating YouTube content and sharing their journey and creating information guides for others out there to follow. The media got on board with their story also, followed by a German production company, everyone couldn't get enough of these same-sex pregnant mamas to be.

    It wasn't all smooth sailing though as Taryn faced complications at the birthing table and a fight for survival for the unnamed little baby Ryan at the time created feelings of stress and panic. On top of that Kat's baby was born just 4 days afterward.  We hear their story and how they still continue to inspire others as Taryn joins the Sperm Donation New Zealand team as a lead administrator.

    To Find out more about this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-35-2-bumps-same-love/

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  • Growing up in the underground of East London "Abdul Motlib" who is in his early 30s is 3rd generation British of Bangladesh ancestry. After finding out his sperm didn't pass the freezing process at the clinics, he explored donating online via the Ai only method and in that time has helped assist in the creation of 10 births.

    In this episode we chat about Super Donors, the UK rivalries the impact of American Joe Donor has had in the UK, we talk about the media, and the way Abdul goes about his donating process, and why he ghosts some recipients. We chat about what happens when you fall pregnant and not tell your donor when it comes to requesting a sibling down the track plus a lot more.

    For more information about this episode and related links https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-34-east-london-represent/

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