Graham and Kelly’s story of donor matching and advice for others

Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago once they both expressed interest in finding out information about their donor/offspring. They were matched with the help of VARTA. Follow the below link to watch a video in which they share their story of how they linked, and explain their relationship today. https://www.varta.org.au/resources/personal-stories/graham-and-kelly-s-story-donor-linking-and-advice-others

DNA Testing to Search for Relatives

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the use of DNA testing. There are three reasons people do a DNA test – one is a legal DNA test which involves two individuals being tested for proof of a relationship, commonly used to prove paternity. Another form of testing is genetic health testing which…

When a DNA test Shatters Your Identity

It was AncestryDNA’s customer-service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair. For her part, St Clair thought she was inquiring about a technical glitch. Her brother—the brother who along with three other siblings had gifted her the DNA test for her birthday—wasn’t showing up right in her family tree. It was not…

A Brief History of Donor Conception

1322 Artificial insemination (referred to as AI until the 1980s) was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares. 1425-1474 Unofficial history claims that the first attempts to artificially inseminate a woman were done by Henry IV, nicknamed “The Impotent”. 1784 The first artificial insemination in a dog was reported by the scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani…

Creating a Family storybook: “How did I get there”

Brin describes herself as a “chronic scrap booker”. She has gathered information photos and mementos to document her twin boys’ beginnings. She also includes her son’s comments in the story e.g. “They were baby eggs not eating eggs!” She describes how her scrapbooks have been an easy way to tell the story and “We refer…