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Donor Conception Full Circle, With Hayley King

Donor Conception Full Circle, With Hayley King

Update: 2024-03-11
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Haley King is a donor-conceived gay mom who ALSO used donor conception to start her own family. Haley shares her journey of discovering her donor-conceived status at the age of 30 and how the challenges she faced in finding information and support led her to become an advocate for donor-conceived people and families. She and Jaimie delve into the importance of open communication, navigating relationships with donor siblings, the impact of modern technology on anonymity, and the nuanced feelings of being a non-bio parent.


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🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 


*Haley King was one of the first IVF babies and later found out she was conceived using donor sperm, leading her to become an advocate for donor-conceived individuals.


*The importance of choosing an open ID donor and ensuring that children have access to their biological origins is highlighted.


*Haley discusses the nuances of being a non-bio, non-gestational parent and the reassurances that family bonds extend beyond genetics.


*The podcast delves into the evolving challenges surrounding anonymity, the impact of modern technology on donor conception, and the complications arising from donor siblings connections.


*Perspectives on parenting and donor conception can differ significantly between the queer and non-queer communities, underlining the need for continuous dialogue and support.


🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈


*”I’m very proud to be donor conceived... it would have been an absolute travesty if [my dad] couldn't have been a parent. He is wonderful." Hayley


*”No one donor conceived person will feel the same... listen to lots of different sort of perspectives." Hayley


*”Anonymity is very difficult to keep... They've got adult photos of donors... parents are sticking them into Google image searches and finding people across the Internet." Hayley


🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈


Haley King is a pioneering voice and advocate within the queer and donor-conceived communities. As someone who discovered their donor conception status as an adult, Haley offers a unique and multifaceted perspective. She is the Director of Operations at Paths to Parenthub, an online support platform dedicated to assisting parents via donor conception. Combining her personal experiences with professional expertise, Haley provides counsel and creates resources to normalize and support donor-conceived families through her website and social media channels.


🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: 


*Hayley’s Website *Hayley’s Instagram *Paths to Parenthub


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Donor Conception Full Circle, With Hayley King

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