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Video interview: How I felt growing up being donor-conceived

22 years ago Emma Grønbæk was conceived with the help of an Non-ID Release sperm donor. We have interviewed Emma and asked her all the questions you want to ask a woman who grew up as a donor child. In this video, she talks about her experience as a donor child. She also provides us with her best advice for parents of donor-conceived children.

 

How do you feel about being donor-conceived?

“I have always known that I was donor-conceived. It has always been a part of my life and something that we have always talked about at home. I feel like it does not have a really big impact on my life, and I feel that I have lived a very normal life. Then sometimes it just pops up in weird places.”

When do you first recall talking to your parents about being donor-conceived?

“I do not really remember the first time we talked about me being donor-conceived. My parents made this children’s book with drawings and pictures of friends and family, which they read to me as a bedtime story. So, it feels like it is something that I have always known.”

What do you think about the fact that your donor is anonymous?

“The fact that my donor is anonymous (ed. Non-ID Release) has always actually been kind of a relief for me, but also for my family I think because I have never had to think about if I wanted him to be a part of my life and I have never thought about half-siblings or anything like that. I have my own family.”

Visit Cryos’ website to learn about the difference between Non-ID Release and ID Release donors.

Do you have any advice for parents of donor-conceived children?

“I would advise parents of donor-conceived children to make a book similar to the one that my parents made me. It was a very nice way to get the story told a lot of times and to fully understand it. A very nice, calm and relaxed way to talk about a, to some, very difficult subject.”

You may also be interested in reading the previous interview with Emma where she talks about growing up as a donor child. You can also read this post and get tips on how to talk to your child about being a donor child.

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  1. Eve Wiley says:

    How much was Emma paid to do this? Most donor conceived persons are not okay with their conception and intentionally being separated from a genetic parent. Not to mention the hurdles of obtaining their medical information. Flat out- they aren’t okay with being a product sold by the fertility industry. Can you provide some interviews from the people that I am speaking of so that your are presenting an unbiased opinion that is an accurate sample of donor conceived offsprings?

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Eve
      Emma was not paid to contribute with her story, but chose herself to share her story with us and other media in Denmark. You can read more about Emma on her blog. We do recognize that there are different views on donor anonymity, and that some are confident being donor-conceived with the help of an anonymous sperm donor, while others may wish to find out more about their biological origins.
      /Eva

  2. Melissa Daniels says:

    As a donor conceived adult- it’s important to note Emma does not speak for the majority of donor conceived persons. Many of use DO wonder where half of us comes from. After all it’s these anonymous genes that we pass down to our children. After connecting with my biological family, father and many siblings. I not only make more sense to myself, but my kids make more sense. It’s like finding the other half of a ripped photo. An ah ha moment if you will. Donor anonymity is dead and unenforceable and it’s frankly unethical to sell the idea that anything but is true.

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Melissa
      Thank you for sharing your point of view. We acknowledge that people have different views on the subject of anonymity/non-anonymity. Some feel like Emma while others may wish to find out more about their biological origins. We are happy to hear that you have had a good experience meeting your genetic relatives.
      /Eva

  3. Kat says:

    She’s relieved the donor is anonymous? Anonymity doesnt exist in this modern world anynore and is pretty cheap through ancestry.com especially around fathers day funnily enough. She doesn’t see she has a choice to ask questions about her paternal lineage but she totally can.

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