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Old 02-25-2009, 04:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,
We asked our first choice potential KD if he would donate last night, and we had a great long conversation that resulted in him saying he needs to think about it more before deciding (which we expected and definitely respect). He is a straight man in a new-ish relationship who shares a lot of our politics/lifestyle and is an old trusted friend. We told him that although we are clear on wanting a legal contract, termination of parental rights, and no co-parenting type arrangment, we would be happy after those prerequisites are met with anything from no more contact than what we have now (hanging out every few months) to having him be "uncle M" and coming over to hang out with the kids every week or two. He was definitely interested but sort of conflicted/confused about what his role would be and what it means to biologically father a child who then he wouldnt parent. He was worried that even if he could get over doing something so out of the mainstream, his family etc might have a hard time. Also, he envisions having his own kids one day so he wanted to think a lot about what that would be like (would our kids consider each other siblings? how would that "work")
For all of these things we told him that we too have grappled with these issues and want a donor who we can openly navigate this stuff with and understand its an evolving process.
So- we asked him if it would be helpful to give him resources or talk to other donors and he said yes. the problem is now i dont know where to point him. all the resources i have are from the parents point of view (not the donors) or a more involved, co-parenting donor. Does anyone have any ideas? Does anyone have a known donor in a situation that sounds similar to our ideal (and that has been positive) and that would maybe be willing to have an email exchange or phone call with him?
thanks so much in advance,
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the only place i can sort of steer you to would be message boards (there is a yahoo one that was existing about a year ago - it may still be around) that have a purpose of bringing together men who want to donate with women who are looking for a donor.

that could be a potential place in which he could meet some men who had done the same. also, just a general search on the topic pulls up articles that talk about the issue - mainly from the donee's perspective, but sometimes men chime in. case in point: http://hubpages.com/hub/Lesbian-Preg...wn-Sperm-Donor

and i did find this article intersting: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/19/ma...fathering.html

i wish someone wrote a book about these things!!

giggle - mommy to GP born 3.16.09 and parter to liberty (GP's mama). hoping to have 2 under 2 in the very near future via DP's ute!
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"that could be a potential place in which he could meet some men who had done the same. also, just a general search on the topic pulls up articles that talk about the issue - mainly from the donee's perspective, but sometimes men chime in. case in point: http://hubpages.com/hub/Lesbian-Preg...wn-Sperm-Donor"


thanks so much giggleblue! I sent him this link (loved the comment from "Charlie.")
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