Monthly Archives: August 2012

I need a holiday…

Just as people are beginning to re-appear at their desks I am about to beetle off to France for a couple of weeks, first walking in the Cevenne and then staying with friends.  Bad timing as usual with autumn meetings, … Continue reading

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‘Telling’ when the donor is anonymous

Extraordinarily, it is now six years since DC Network published the four Telling and Talking booklets supporting and guiding parents in sharing donor conception information with their children at different ages.  They sell well, particularly the first one for parents … Continue reading

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Partners of donors MUST give proper consent

I don’t like her arguments but the woman who is objecting to her husband donating sperm without her consent has a point (Sunday Times yesterday and Mail on Line today http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193780/Sperm-donation-Wife-man-secretly-donated-sperm-calls-spouses-consent-mandatory.html It is ridiculous that sperm should be seen as a … Continue reading

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More questions and not many answers about known donation

I write this in a true quandry.  What are we to make of the many new families now being created with the help of a known donor?  More importantly how are the children faring or going to fare in the … Continue reading

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The waiting time for egg donation in the UK is NOT two years

I’m not sure how many more times and in how many different ways I can say this but the waiting time for egg donation in the UK is NOT, I repeat NOT two years and more.  As I walked into … Continue reading

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Hard decisions around older parenting

OK, so now we know what The Archers older mother story is about.  As I guessed soon after I had written the first commentary on this story on 5th August it is to do with disability.  Vicki’s blood tests have … Continue reading

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Epigenetics…a key to the mystery of life

I am in mourning.  My morning ruined by the absence of my usual companion at Saturday breakfast, the Family section of the Guardian.  Instead there was a horrible advertising supplement aimed at parents.  A real sign of the times I … Continue reading

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