Family FAQS: The ultimate guide to having children via sperm donor

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In this piece, aimed at those at the very beginning of their journey, clinic account manager Milagros Ruete answers a handful of the most frequently asked questions that the team at Cryos encounter, including the big one – just how to get fertility treatment in the UK through a clinic, and using donor sperm.

Choosing a sperm donor: Questions to ask yourself

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So, you’ve made the big decision – now what? BY CRYOS INTERNATIONAL So, you’ve made the big decision – that you want to start building your own little family and that you need a sperm donor to help you achieve this dream. What now? Where to start and what to consider? It can all seem [….]

How To Be Amazingly Happy!

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DIVA talks happiness, reinvention and childlessness with performer, theatre-maker and director Victoria Firth BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK After running the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield for 12 years, Victoria Firth has returned to her ambition to act. Her autobiographical solo show, How To Be Amazingly Happy!, deals with social and personal perceptions of childless [….]

Toys will be toys: Barbie brand releases first gender-neutral dolls

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“Knowing we’ve created something that makes [children] feel recognised, that’s a beautiful thing” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Barbie-brand Mattel has launched the first range of gender-neutral dolls under the name, Creatable World. On their website, the company states, “In our world, dolls are as limitless as the kids who play with them. Introducing Creatable [….]

We asked sperm donors the questions you’ve always wanted to…

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What if, one day, there’s a knock at the door and there’s a donor child waiting to meet you?  BY CRYOS INTERNATIONAL Why become a sperm donor in the first place? How much money do you get? What if there’s a knock at your door in 18 years and you find a donor child behind [….]

My motherhood journey: round one

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“I felt massively deflated. Gutted even” BY KATY ROBSON-MALONE So the journey began. We had set ourselves on IUI, with it being the least intrusive compared to IVF, and we were hopeful for good results. With our biggest tiny human it took three goes and with the mid-kid it was only one. The cycle started [….]

Join the tribe: The LGBT Mummies

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“We set up The LGBT Mummies Tribe to educate, share and celebrate women and their families” BY THE LGBT MUMMIES TRIBE, ILLUSTRATION BY SKETCHMYTRIBE I’m Laura-Rose, a 33-year-old, married lesbian mother of two. My wife and I have been together for 12 years, married for eight.  We had IUI treatment through the The Centre For Reproductive [….]