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The last vial : what it means to (aspiring) parents to use the same sperm donor for siblings

Sara Somers (UGent) , Veerle Provoost (UGent) , An Ravelingien (UGent) , Ann Buysse (UGent) , Guido Pennings (UGent) and Petra De Sutter (UGent)
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Introduction: A lot of attention has been given to the quest of parents, children and donors to find donor siblings (= half siblings who share the same donor gametes but who are born in different families). However, literature is scarce about the use of the same sperm donor for subsequent children in the same family. Methods: This study included 68 lesbian and heterosexual (aspiring) parents, recruited at the Department of Reproductive Medicine of Ghent University Hospital (Belgium). The in-depth semi-structured couple interviews were performed between October 2012 and October 2013. Data were analyzed through step-by-step inductive thematic analysis. Results: The couples showed a clear preference to use the same sperm donor for their children. The most common reasons for this preference were related to the family or sibling relationships and medical reasons. Uncertainty about the availability of the same donor over time seeped through in their stories. Most lesbian aspiring parents decided that both partners should have a genetic link with at least one child. Conclusion: The use of the same sperm donor for subsequent conceptions appeared quasi unambiguously in the interviews of the lesbian and heterosexual (aspiring) parents in our study.
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Donor conception, sperm donation, siblings, gay parenting, qualitative methods, CONCEPTION

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Somers, Sara, et al. “The Last Vial : What It Means to (Aspiring) Parents to Use the Same Sperm Donor for Siblings.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, 2020.
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Somers, S., Provoost, V., Ravelingien, A., Buysse, A., Pennings, G., & De Sutter, P. (2020). The last vial : what it means to (aspiring) parents to use the same sperm donor for siblings. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY.
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Somers, Sara, Veerle Provoost, An Ravelingien, Ann Buysse, Guido Pennings, and Petra De Sutter. 2020. “The Last Vial : What It Means to (Aspiring) Parents to Use the Same Sperm Donor for Siblings.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY.
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Somers, Sara, Veerle Provoost, An Ravelingien, Ann Buysse, Guido Pennings, and Petra De Sutter. 2020. “The Last Vial : What It Means to (Aspiring) Parents to Use the Same Sperm Donor for Siblings.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY.
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Somers S, Provoost V, Ravelingien A, Buysse A, Pennings G, De Sutter P. The last vial : what it means to (aspiring) parents to use the same sperm donor for siblings. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY. 2020;
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S. Somers, V. Provoost, A. Ravelingien, A. Buysse, G. Pennings, and P. De Sutter, “The last vial : what it means to (aspiring) parents to use the same sperm donor for siblings,” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, 2020.
@article{8604247,
  abstract     = {Introduction: A lot of attention has been given to the quest of parents, children and donors to find donor siblings (= half siblings who share the same donor gametes but who are born in different families). However, literature is scarce about the use of the same sperm donor for subsequent children in the same family.
Methods: This study included 68 lesbian and heterosexual (aspiring) parents, recruited at the Department of Reproductive Medicine of Ghent University Hospital (Belgium). The in-depth semi-structured couple interviews were performed between October 2012 and October 2013. Data were analyzed through step-by-step inductive thematic analysis.
Results: The couples showed a clear preference to use the same sperm donor for their children. The most common reasons for this preference were related to the family or sibling relationships and medical reasons. Uncertainty about the availability of the same donor over time seeped through in their stories. Most lesbian aspiring parents decided that both partners should have a genetic link with at least one child.
Conclusion: The use of the same sperm donor for subsequent conceptions appeared quasi unambiguously in the interviews of the lesbian and heterosexual (aspiring) parents in our study.},
  author       = {Somers, Sara and Provoost, Veerle and Ravelingien, An and Buysse, Ann and Pennings, Guido and De Sutter, Petra},
  issn         = {0167-482X},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY},
  keywords     = {Donor conception,sperm donation,siblings,gay parenting,qualitative methods,CONCEPTION},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {The last vial : what it means to (aspiring) parents to use the same sperm donor for siblings},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2019.1585425},
  year         = {2020},
}

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