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Why Sperm Banks Can’t Exist Without Donor Coordinators


a blog by Cappy Rothman, MD, Medical Director, California Cryobank November 22, 2011

When sperm banks are discussed in the news or media, usually little is said about the wonderful people employed by the sperm banks. One of the most important roles at a sperm bank is that of the donor coordinator. Deeply involved throughout the sperm donor qualification process, coordinators work with sperm donors to help them fill out their profiles, gather information and generally guide them through the qualification process.

Establishing a good relationship with each donor is integral to ensuring the coordinator and sperm donor work together to help highlight the donor’s unique characteristics. For example, a simple conversation with a donor coordinator might help a sperm donor remember memories, facts about family members and stories he has forgotten. The sperm donor then has something great or important to share that he did not have prior, making the profile more personal and giving the client another glimpse into the donor’s personality.

Coordinators also work with each sperm donor to ensure that all profiles are accurate. Each page is reviewed with the donor for completeness and precision. The sperm donor’s family medical history is carefully evaluated and confirmed to help ensure the donor completes an honest and accurate profile.

One of the most important items a donor coordinator creates is the Staff Impression. Working closely with each sperm donor, the coordinator is able to get to know him and provide a personal opinion on a donor and his personality. According to one donor coordinator, “In my staff impressions I try to describe the donor in a way that the client can relate. I might say ‘This donor reminds me of the guy in high school that was friends with everyone, or this donor reminds me of the guy that all the girls wanted to date.’ I will then go into greater detail by describing him as I view him. I also like to include his physical description to give the reader the entire picture. I want the client to be able to picture the donor in her mind when I describe him.”

When all is said and done, the donor coordinators are integral to the success of any sperm bank’s donor program. They are an advocate for sperm donor and clients alike, helping ensure clients get the best, most accurate information possible and that the sperm donors are comfortable throughout the qualification process.


Comments (2)

A wonderful salute to all the thought and effort the donor coordinator's put into their work. They truly are advocates for both the donor and the client and should be remembered as an important part of the IVF experience. With insight and communication they provide an invaluable service in this process.

Thank you for this article,

D Alishouse

This has been posted on behalf of American Health Network Reproductive Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Egg Donation in Indianapolis. The information is not medical advice, and should not be treated as such. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

Thank you Dr. Rothman, for writing this article that truly sheds light on what a vital role a coordinator plays to make the whole equation possible.

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