Sperm Donor Policies
NW Cryobank Openness Policy
NW Cryobank (NWC) is dedicated to maintaining a proactive policy in regards to client, donor, and offspring confidentiality. Further, we fully support and respect the rights of the offspring to gain information on their biological heritage while protecting the privacy of the donor at all times. To do so, we have developed an "Openness Policy" that includes these tenets:
- At the age of eighteen or older, any donor offspring may request copies of all information we offer on their donor (i.e. – Donor Profile, Medical History, Childhood Photos, etc.)
- At the age of eighteen or older, any donor offspring may request anonymous contact with their donor to be facilitated through NW Cryobank. If both parties agree to contact, it may be in the form of a letter, email, etc. (whatever method is mutually agreed upon by donor and offspring)
- “Anonymous” Donors do not commit to any future contact; however, NWC retains the right to contact them on behalf of any offspring once they turn 18.
- We are obligated by mutual agreements to maintain the anonymity and privacy of both the sperm donor and recipient. The only exception to this would be by mutual consent of both the donor and the offspring.
NW Cryobank Policy of Offspring Limits
NW Cryobank has taken steps to resolve concerns regarding the number of live births per sperm donor. The maximum goal is 25-30 family units worldwide per donor. Each donor is limited by the length of time he remains active in the program. NWC also limits the total number of vials distributed and monitors pregnancy and birth reports to help maintain this goal.
Reporting of Pregnancies
NWC makes inquiries to physicians and recipients regarding the outcome of insemination for every specimen shipped. The responses are maintained in a database and used to record pregnancies and live births for each sperm donor.