27 episodes

On January 4th, 2019, I discovered through a DNA testing website that I was conceived with a sperm donor. Since then, I've found that I have at least fourteen half-siblings and one donor who is, genetically, half of me. This is my journey into discovering what role DNA relationships play in my life and what family really means.

Half of Me Ally & Donor Half Siblings

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

On January 4th, 2019, I discovered through a DNA testing website that I was conceived with a sperm donor. Since then, I've found that I have at least fourteen half-siblings and one donor who is, genetically, half of me. This is my journey into discovering what role DNA relationships play in my life and what family really means.

    2021 Update

    2021 Update

    Hi, everyone! Wow - it's been a minute... actually, it's been a year and 3ish months, but who's counting?

    I'm here to update you on my life since my last episode. 2020 was a crazy year, wasn't it?

    Questions? Want to connect? Follow me on Instagram.

    -Ally

    • 49 min
    Lessons & Resolutions from 2019

    Lessons & Resolutions from 2019

    Hey all! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas. In this episode, I run through my 2019 resolutions, talk about what I learned this year through my DNA and fertility discoveries, and close out with setting new intentions for 2020.

    Visit my website. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Email me at halfofmepodcast@gmail.com.

    Art by WoodsTAK - Instagram // Etsy
    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 45 min
    Q&A 2: Telling Extended Family

    Q&A 2: Telling Extended Family

    I'm continuing the question and answer series. This week, I tackle telling extended family - to tell or not to tell?

    Also in the episode: I say moist too many times and I give you an update on my fertility ~journey~

    Check out Jana Rupnow's new podcast - Three Makes Baby. Follow Jana here.
    Also give the Male Infertility Podcast a listen! Follow Nick on Instagram while you're at it.

    Visit my website. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Email me at halfofmepodcast@gmail.com.

    Art by WoodsTAK - Instagram // Etsy
    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 36 min
    Ally's Back! and Q&A Part 1

    Ally's Back! and Q&A Part 1

    Hey all! I'm back - it's been a minute. I've missed you!
    Lots in store for you today...
    What I've been up to since we last spoke(In)fertility updates2 big life moments for me - trigger warning: pregnancy loss2 audience questions to begin the Q&A series.Also - check out Jana Rupnow's new podcast - Three Makes Baby

    Visit my website. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Email me at halfofmepodcast@gmail.com.

    Art by WoodsTAK - Instagram // Etsy
    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 48 min
    Update!

    Update!

    WOW it's been a minute... here's a (not so) brief update on what I've been up to over the last several weeks. Spoiler alert: new brother, Google is my worst enemy, and I have a plan for getting pregnant!

    • 54 min
    Alex

    Alex

    Alex is a soon-to-be-dad with male factor infertility. In this episode, we talk about his journey with his wife from deciding on parenthood to soon discovering that they were facing infertility. Alex talks about grief, deciding on a sperm donor, and moving ahead with the journey. We also discuss important resources along the way.

    Following my conversation with Alex, I'll also talk about what's ahead for the podcast and for me.

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Follow Alex on Instagram.
    Jana Rupnow is an incredible resource - check her out!

    Visit our website. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Email us at halfofmepodcast@gmail.com.

    Art by WoodsTAK - Instagram // Etsy
    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

solomumbychoice ,

Thanks for sharing your story(ies)

As a parent of a 9 month old donor conceived baby it’s great to hear a donor conceived adults perspective. I had always planned to be open and honest to my daughter about her parentage. Your story reinforces this approach in my view. Thanks for sharing! xx

lolabb77 ,

Fascinating listening.

Thank you for making this podcast. As someone who is currently carrying a donor conceived baby this feels so important to hear your side of the experience so I can best help my child when it comes to talking about how they came into being.

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