Satisfaction with Known, Open-identity, or Unknown Sperm Donors: Reports from Lesbian Mothers of 17-year-old Adolescents

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Eighteen years after conceiving their children through donor insemination, 77.5 percent of 129 lesbian mothers were satisfied with their choice of a known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donor, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute. The mothers’ satisfaction with donor type was unrelated to the presence or absence of psychological health problems in their 17-year-old adolescents. Donor access and custody concerns were the primary themes associated with the mothers’ satisfaction.

The study was conducted by current and former Williams Institute scholars Nanette Gartrell, Henny Bos, and Naomi Goldberg, along with Amalia Deck and Loes van Rijn-van Gelderen. It appears online in the journal Fertility and Sterility. (Gartrell, Bos, and van Rijn-van Gelderen are also affiliated with University of Amsterdam).

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*Originally published in Fertility and Sterility

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