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#105: Gail Pascoe – Delving into Donor Conception

By Jordan Michaelides

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

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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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