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Report Your Pregnancies and Births to the Sperm Bank, Please
a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, July 3, 2014
Sperm banks rely on parents via sperm donation to report successful pregnancies and births to track the number of families attributed to each donor. There are numerous ways to report: call, email, online forms, etc. Almost all sperm banks now have an internal limit on the number of families per donor, but the only reliable way to track that is through recipient self-reporting. Your information is confidential; it will not be released to the donor or anyone else.
Reporting allows us to monitor, more accurately, the number of families per donor so that we can stop distributing his donor sperm except for sibling pregnancies when the internal limits are met. The field has evolved over time and continues to evolve to meet the needs of you, our recipients. We recognize the need to carefully monitor the size of sibling groups, but we need your help to do this.
Staying in touch with the sperm bank and reporting any medical issues is also critically important. Every single one of us carries some genetic mutation, most of which cannot be identified through current testing technology. If there is a medical condition identified in your child, we want to investigate and help to identify the cause. If it is found to be something heritable on the donor’s side, we will restrict the donor and immediately stop distribution. We will also notify families and physicians, but again, we rely on you communicating this information to us. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and will not release any identifying information about you or your child; we just want to ensure that all medically relevant information is shared with other families created using the donor.