34 episodes

Welcome to Half of Us - the second chapter of the original groundbreaking podcast Half of Me. In this new chapter, join Ally, Jeremy, Meg and Shannon as they talk about what it's like to be donor conceived half siblings that met in their twenties. They'll talk about genetics, nature vs. nurture, and redefining family. Archived Half of Me episodes will still live on in this podcast stream.

Half of Us Ally, Jeremy, Meg, Shannon

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to Half of Us - the second chapter of the original groundbreaking podcast Half of Me. In this new chapter, join Ally, Jeremy, Meg and Shannon as they talk about what it's like to be donor conceived half siblings that met in their twenties. They'll talk about genetics, nature vs. nurture, and redefining family. Archived Half of Me episodes will still live on in this podcast stream.

    Donor Anonymity

    Donor Anonymity

    In this episode, Ally, Shannon, and Jeremy begin to unpack the idea of donor anonymity. Is it possible to stay anonymous in 2022? Why would a donor choose anonymity? Which right is more important: the right to privacy or the right to know?

    We probably don't come to any big conclusions in this episode and have only scratched the surface of the nuances of donor anonymity and what that looks like. But we have thoughts and feelings on the topic, so what better way to flesh those thoughts out than a round table discussion with your donor conceived half sibs?!

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Sperm Donation Laws by CountryI Promised my Sperm Donor AnonymityDisclosing the Identity of Sperm DonorsWhat do YOU think? What did we nail, and what did we totally miss? Reach out & let us know!

    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 44 min
    Chelsey - Half Sister from the Same Mister

    Chelsey - Half Sister from the Same Mister

    Meet Chelsey, our half sister from the same mister.

    Chelsey has a unique perspective about what finding out you are donor conceived in your 20s can be like. Does it change everything? Does it change anything?

    Chelsey - thanks for chatting with us!
    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 46 min
    Nicole - Family Trauma with Former TV News Reporter

    Nicole - Family Trauma with Former TV News Reporter

    Y'all thought we were only talking donor conception? 

    Family trauma comes in all forms - Nicole's story checks a LOT of those boxes.

    Nicole, a former TV news reporter and Jeremy's close friend, shares with Ally and Jeremy about her father's black market adoption and untimely death, her mother's subsequent demons, growing up half white, half Palestinian, accidentally revealing her ex-boyfriend's family secret, and SO much more. 

    Books mentioned in the episode:
    Before We Were Yours - Lisa WingateThe Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption - Barbara Bisantz RaymondThe Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure - Jonathan HaidtFollow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jodie - Mom of our Half Brothers

    Jodie - Mom of our Half Brothers

    Meet Jodie - recipient parent and mom to our half brothers, Greg and Joe!

    Jodie talks about her path to using a sperm donor, what the selection process was like for her, and her thoughts on Greg and Joe connecting with 20+ half siblings and the donor. Thanks for chatting with us, Jodie!

    Follow us on Instagram. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 21 min
    Jason Hyatt from Our Father

    Jason Hyatt from Our Father

    Content Warning: A suicide attempt is mentioned in this episode, which we know can be distressing. The discussion occurs at the 13-minute mark and lasts until the 14-minute mark. If you’re in the US and you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
     
    Our Father is the new Netflix documentary about how an at-home DNA test revealed a shocking scheme involving donor sperm, massive fertility fraud, and a cohort of 94+ siblings.

    One of the siblings is Jason Hyatt. Jason joined Ally, Jeremy, Shannon, and Meg to talk about his experience with being conceived via what his parents believed to be sperm donation, his thoughts on the podcast, and lots of behind-the-scenes info.

    We had such an incredible time talking with Jason - we know you'll love this one!

    Follow us on Instagram. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Meet the Siblings

    Meet the Siblings

    Here we go again!

    New logo. New topics. NEW HOSTS!

    Join Ally, Jeremy, Shannon and Meg - all half siblings - as they talk all things donor conception, family, and more.

    In this episode, Ally will catch you up on her life since the last episode and will introduce you to THREE of her half siblings - all from the same donor.

    We are so excited to share with you the next chapter - welcome to Half of Us!


    Follow us on Instagram. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 45 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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