Let us share our experiences with you, to give an insight as to why we feel so passionate about Pride Angel and helping our members achieve their dream of becoming parents.
Karen has had personal experience of bringing a child into the world as a lesbian using donor conception, hence we understand the struggle that many single, lesbian, gay and infertile couples face while desperately wanting to become parents.
I always wanted to be a mum and could not see my future without children. Being in a same-sex relationship meant that we actively had to investigate the options. We discussed the option of donor insemination, my partner wished for us to use an anonymous sperm donor, through a sperm bank. I could totally understand her reservations about using a known donor and the complications this may cause, however I wanted my child to know the identity of their father. The other important reason was that I wanted to know more about the donor's personality and general health. After a year of discussions we chose a friend of the family to act as the donor. We met with the donor and discussed health screening and infection testing. After the tests came back with the all clear, the inseminations began. After three months of trying, and being anxious over the thought of it not working, I became pregnant and was naturally overjoyed! My daughter is now 16 years, she is an inspiration, a wonderful well balanced young lady, having plenty of people in her life who love her. I have no regrets about using a known donor, but would have found the whole experience far less stressful if there had been a service like Pride Angel years ago. This is the reason why we want to help people in the same situation meet the right co-parent or donor and get all the right health screening and legal advice they need.
Becoming a mum is something I have always dreamt of and I'm sure will come true for me one day. Donor conception using a known donor is definately something I will consider in the future. Even though it is a difficult choice, choosing to conceive a child through donor insemination means that the child is always loved and wanted. I want my child to know of their father's identity and be involved in their life, the amount of contact would depend on many factors, such as do we agree on similar parenting styles and is our child happy to have occasional contact, as ultimately it is all about the child's wellbeing. We therefore understand the need to create a service to help people find the right co-parent or donor match, enabling them to communicate safely using an online messaging service. Giving all our users the necessary health screening and legal advice, making donor connection a safer process for all.