Video interview: How I felt growing up being donor-conceived
22 years ago Emma Grønbæk was conceived with the help of an Non-ID Release sperm donor. We have interviewed Emma and asked her all the questions you want to ask a woman who grew up as a donor child. In this video, she talks about her experience as a donor child. She also provides us with her best advice for parents of donor-conceived children.
How do you feel about being donor-conceived?
“I have always known that I was donor-conceived. It has always been a part of my life and something that we have always talked about at home. I feel like it does not have a really big impact on my life, and I feel that I have lived a very normal life. Then sometimes it just pops up in weird places.”
When do you first recall talking to your parents about being donor-conceived?
“I do not really remember the first time we talked about me being donor-conceived. My parents made this children’s book with drawings and pictures of friends and family, which they read to me as a bedtime story. So, it feels like it is something that I have always known.”
What do you think about the fact that your donor is anonymous?
“The fact that my donor is anonymous (ed. Non-ID Release) has always actually been kind of a relief for me, but also for my family I think because I have never had to think about if I wanted him to be a part of my life and I have never thought about half-siblings or anything like that. I have my own family.”
Visit Cryos' website to learn about the difference between Non-ID Release and ID Release Sperm Donors.
Do you have any advice for parents of donor-conceived children?
“I would advise parents of donor-conceived children to make a book similar to the one that my parents made me. It was a very nice way to get the story told a lot of times and to fully understand it. A very nice, calm and relaxed way to talk about a, to some, very difficult subject.”
You may also be interested in reading the previous interview with Emma where she talks about growing up as a donor child. You can also read this post and get tips on how to talk to your child about being a donor child.