#105: Gail Pascoe - Delving into Donor Conception

By Jordan Michaelides
February 13, 2019

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Gail Pascoe (@GailPascoe ) is a Writer, Presenter and Facilitator in the field of donor conception & IVF. Her knowledge and experience as an individual who conceived a daughter with donor sperm that has conceived over 100 siblings, is truly fascinating.

The field of donor conception has greatly expanded in the last decade, while a greater percentage of the population is seeking this option as a means of starting a family.

A recent Four Corner documentary piqued my interest in the space and it was the fortuitous timing that an introduction from a former guest, Eileen Orsmby, came via email. Gail’s nous in many of the moral questions in this space allows us to consider what the future of conception and childbearing may hold.

This was an insightful discussion, where we covered:

  • Why Gail chose donor conception

  • The donor & IVF process

  • Learning from pregnancy

  • Sperm banks and morality

  • Connecting with your donor

  • Bizarre donor stories

Enjoy the episode!


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SHOW NOTES

01:45 - Introduction

04:56 - Skydiving

06:47 - Earliest memory

08:34 - Early career goals

11:41 - Travel & living in the UK

14:32 - Instructional design

17:45 - Introducing IVF & donors

19:25 - Why Gail chose donor conception

26:01 - Donor process

33:14 - Steps before IVF

36:27 - Learning from pregnancy

39:38 - Conscious conception

43:53 - Donor shortage

46:41 - Facebook groups

48:17 - Sperm banks and morality

53:33 - A better system

58:36 - Key factors

01:02:28 - Telling your child

01:06:08 - Connecting with your donor

01:12:41 - Donor siblings

01:14:10 - Bizarre donor stories

01:16:31 - Leaders & resources

01:20:34 - Morning & evening routines

01:21:52 - A book she’d gift

01:25:49 - If she could have a billboard anywhere


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