Two Stop Press pieces of news. First, today’s (Saturday 26th April) Times newspaper carries an article in their colour supplement about donor conceived people and donors. One of the stories features the offspring and donor I wrote about in a recent blog where the donor conceived woman discovered that she did not share the blood group of either of her parents during a routine blood test in pregnancy. She went on to find her donor through the UK Donor Conceived register. Two other young DC adults in the piece are Sam and Gracie, both DC Network members. Gracie will be on the young people’s panel at the DCN conference tomorrow.
It is a perfectly decent article, balanced and with no glaring mistakes BUT it fails to mention the Donor Conception Network, despite Sam having taken his My Story book along to the photo-shoot. Journalists seem to think that mentioning a support organisation is somehow akin to commercial advertising. Do they not realise that DC Network is a unique resource for parents by donor conception and that some of those reading the article will be parents of older children who have yet to be ‘told’. We are the only organisation with considerable experience of supporting this group of parents, as well as encouraging parents of little kids to start telling early. Rant over.
The second newsworthy item is that the long awaited book Letters to My Donor, collected and published by the National Gamete Donation Trust, is now available. I have seen a near complete mock-up of the book and know how inspirational and well put together it is. I just hope the hearts have been removed from my letter page! Visit the NGDT website to secure your copy now.