Should you give up on your dream of a child?

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The answer is no. Not when we’re here to help you. 
​​All over, more and more people seek help to conceive children. Some of these people are in relationships, but many are not.
They are defined as the so-called solo moms, single moms, DIY moms etc. To us they are merely: moms!

If you google the differnt terms, you will get a million results, but most commonly solo/single/DIY mom is a woman, who decides to have a child on her own.

There are several blogs and fora online where it is possible to share knowledge and experience with other solo moms – communities like 
ChoiceMoms.org or SingleMothersByChoice.org 


Right here, you can read other mom’s stories or maybe you’re interested in knowing how the donor children are doing?

For many women, deciding to have a child on your own is overwhelming and complex. You say yes to a child, but many women feel that they are essentially giving up on a finding a partner to have a child with. Because of this complex situation, it can be very giving to have like-minded to talk to, and at European Sperm Bank we are also more than happy to listen and help as much as we can – in more than 7 different languages. We are only a phone call away.

We aim to break down barriers and our customers service managers will go a long way to ensure that you are as prepared and well informed as you can possibly be. And if you feel that talking about ordering donor sperm is “too much”, you can always send us an email (info@europeanspermbank.com) and we will reply within 24 hours.

If you have already made up your mind and are ready to become a parent, take a look at our step-by-step guide on how the process works.

And remember: We are right here.

//posted by Stinne, Client Service Manager at European Sperm Bank

Why are you a sperm donor?

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At European Sperm Bank we are very proud of our sperm donors. Selflessly they bring joy to so may people all over the world, and by giving a little part of themselves, they make it possible for others to have their dream of a child come true.

But why take our word for it? Let’s hear what the guys say about what it means to them to donate their sperm.

We have asked a few of our sperm donors to tell us what makes them want to donate their sperm. Here is what they replied:


                   “Being a donor makes me proud. I like the thought of helping people
all over the world to achieve their dream of having a child.”

“I have not found the right woman for me yet, and somehow it is great
to know that even if I should never have kids of my own,
there will be  a part of me out there in the world.”

“Being a donor is great. I get to help someone create a dream child
– what is better that that? AND I get paid to do so.”


                                                          “My sister needed a sperm donor to have my lovely niece
and it made me think that everyone should get that chance
– and that I could help someone like her.”


You can read more stories from the sperm donors and you can also learn more about what it takes to be a sperm donor at European Sperm Bank.

//posted by Michael, Communications Specialist at European Sperm Bank

Should you tell your children about their origin?

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The short answer? Yes! At European Sperm Bank our motto is “We give life to your choice”. That choice is a child: A child, we hope will grow up and have a beautiful life. 
 
We are aware that sperm banks around the world vary in their way of handling the donors, mothers and the children. We think a lot about the future, and to us it is highly important that we treat people right and with respect. For us, a part of that respect is not to keep anyone in the dark.

Children born with the help of a sperm donor might experience some difficult issues growing up, just like any other child. We discuss many of these challenges in our other posts on donor children, but right here are a few good reasons why you should tell your child about his or her origin:

  • It puts honesty at the heart of family relationships.
  • It allows donor children to learn about aspects of their history, integrate the knowledge as they grow up and accept their story without shock or distress.
  • It allows donor conceived people to make choices about their lives.
  • It means that significant differences between a child and parent (in looks, talents etc.) can be easily explained.  It also removes suspicion about for example whether the child could be adopted.
  • It means that a true medical history (or lack thereof) can be given to doctors, making diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions more accurate. It also removes anxiety about the inheritance of disorders from the non-genetic parent.
  • It does not mean that donor children will reject their non-genetic parent.

Choosing a donor from a sperm bank that provides you with extended information about the donor, e.g. personality, life goals and interests, may also make it easier to answer some of the question that your child may have.
  
//posted by Stinne, Client Service Manager at European Sperm Bank

A visit from Ladies Circle

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In September, European Sperm Bank had a visit from Ladies Circle at our department in Aarhus. We asked Martha Rasch, one of these ladies, to write a few words on how it was to visit a sperm bank (with absolutely no background knowledge). 

Ladies Circle is an international, independent social networking organisation for young women aged between 18 and 45, founded in 1932. They aim to promote friendship through social contact at local, national and international level and to be of service to the community.


​A main activity of Ladies Circle is to visit and explore companies and when they contacted us for a company presentation, we gladly opened our doors. ​This is how Martha Rasch of Ladies Circle describes her visit:

”On a Wednesday after opening hours, we at Ladies Circle visited European Sperm Bank in Aarhus. Three employees from the bank gave us a company presentation with main focus on how to choose a sperm donor. They also provided us with a little guided tour in the lab, so we could have a look at what it is all about: The sperm cells! 

After the presentation, we talked about all the issues concerning fertility treatment, and what impressed us the most, was that this company sincerely consider and reflect on both morally and ethically issues concerning donor sperm. I got the impression that this certainly is no normal day-to-day job. This is a company with employees, who are indescribable driven and passionate about what they do, and their moral and ethical values go above all. 

For outsiders as we are, it can be very difficult to understand the procedures and the legislation when it comes to handling and distributing donor sperm. Even though European Sperm Bank easily could use more donors because of the high demand, the company will never compromise on quality of the sperm or the fysical and mental health of their donors. Beside the physical requirements, each potential donor has to go through numerous examinations and screenings before he is  approved by the doctors. 

We got the impression that European Sperm Bank have chosen no easy or cheap way to handle all this.
They spend a lot of time and resources to make sure everything is handled in the most proper way and to make sure the quality standards are the highest. I would actually go as far as to say that European Sperm Bank know more about their donors than most women know about their men!” 

//by Martha Rasch, assistant attorney, on behalf of Ladies Circle.