8 episodes

Donor conceived journalist, Louise McLoughlin, delves deeper into the secrets, discoveries, and lives of donor conceived people while trying to find the man who, presumably, looks like her.

You Look Like Me Louise McLoughlin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Donor conceived journalist, Louise McLoughlin, delves deeper into the secrets, discoveries, and lives of donor conceived people while trying to find the man who, presumably, looks like her.

    S2 #2: This Is Unexpected

    S2 #2: This Is Unexpected

    A surprise text from a stranger throws Louise McLoughlin's otherwise normal Wednesday night into disarray. We hear her digest the discovery in real-time, as she works to process her second half-sibling... and her first half-brother. Louise also speaks with Jen from Season 1, who has had her own share of unexpected moments in her journey after tracking down her biological mother.  

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_ Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    And while you're here....You Look Like Me is a labour of love from a two-person team, produced alongside our day jobs. It's also self-funded. If you want to support us you can buy us a coffee: http://ko-fi.com/youlooklikeme or set up a recurring donation in an amount of your choice here: https://www.patreon.com/YouLookLikeMe

    You Look Like Me is written and hosted by Louise McLoughlin and produced by Nathan Moore

    • 27 min
    S2 #1: How We Got Here

    S2 #1: How We Got Here

    Donor conceived journalist Louise McLoughlin is back with Season 2 of her chart-topping podcast.

    In this episode, Louise catches up with some of the people from Season 1, and explores how we can take our own experiences of being donor conceived and use them to influence change. 

    As Louise speaks to activists going down both new and traditional routes she asks, 'how do we make a difference in our own families, in the minds of strangers, or in our legal system?'

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_

    Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    You Look Like Me is written and hosted by Louise McLoughlin and produced by Nathan Moore

    • 59 min
    #5: The Adventure Continues

    #5: The Adventure Continues

    On a randomly-selected bridge near Oxford, Louise meets her biological dad for the first time, alongside her half-sister Jess. As she revels in the joy and awkwardness of that first meet, she also speaks with other donor conceived people who weren't so lucky. 

    In the last episode of the first series, Louise sits down with Erin Jackson -- a well-known advocate in the DC world -- to break down lessons from the podcast so far, and to chat about what still needs to be done. And, naturally, there's one more DNA surprise in store for Louise.

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_

    Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    You Look Like Me is hosted by Louise McLoughlin, edited by Tamsin Hughes, and recorded in lockdown

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #4: Not So Anonymous

    #4: Not So Anonymous

    In the second last episode of the series, Louise calls a stranger, who she suspects may be her biological dad. And she speaks to others who have found their biological parents, to be met with open arms... or rejection. 

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_

    Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    You Look Like Me is hosted by Louise McLoughlin, edited by Tamsin Hughes, and recorded in lockdown

    • 45 min
    #3: Memories Missed

    #3: Memories Missed

    Louise and Jess meet for the first time and try to figure out how to form a sibling bond with a stranger. Meantime, Louise speaks to others who have already navigated new-found half-brother/sister relationships. 

    But new siblings aren't the only DNA discoveries that lie in store for Louise.

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_

    Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    You Look Like Me is hosted by Louise McLoughlin, edited by Tamsin Hughes, and recorded in lockdown

    • 29 min
    #2: Does She Look Like Me?

    #2: Does She Look Like Me?

    Louise gets her first close DNA match — and scrambles to work out if the stranger could be a half-sibling. In this second episode of a five-part series, Louise speaks to people who have found dizzying numbers of half-siblings... sometimes into the hundreds. And she examines what can happen in a fertility industry with no regulation.

    You can follow You Look Like Me on Twitter and Instagram: @YouLookLikeMe_

    Louise is on Twitter and Instagram @LouiseJoUK

    You Look Like Me is hosted by Louise McLoughlin, edited by Tamsin Hughes, and recorded in lockdown

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

MY421988_ ,

Brilliant

I am a sperm donor and currently writing my personal statement that my biological children may read one day, now I know how most of DC children feel, this podcast has helped me massively on how to word my statement which is so delicate and important. I’d hate the people born from my donation to think I would ever reject them in the future if they wanted a relationship. My door would always be open if they wanted to get to know me and I would want them to know that.
Great podcast Louise and hope you and you’re new family are all happy and doing well.
Ps I didn’t donate for money

JLouise2018 ,

Essential listening for parents

I am the mother of a donor conceived child and I really loved this podcast. It is eyeopening and humane and fascinating. Thank you Louise!

plotwhg ,

Very much needed!

My Wife and I have a Daughter who is donor conceived & we plan on having more children through the same donor. I am glad that there are podcasts like this that I hope will help them feel like they are not alone & hopefully as they get older this will be more ‘normal’. It sounds like things are moving in that direction anyway as we already have so much information to provide her with, photo’s, family medical history etc before she turns 18.
I think the only thing I struggled with in this podcast is referring to the donor as ‘Dad’, ‘Father’, ‘Parent’ etc. I don’t necessarily agree with this as the donor legally will never be her parent, we don’t always know the reasons why donors donate & sometimes it might only be for money, I wouldn’t want my children expecting a relationship with their donor to potentially get knocked back. Listening to the stories I also felt a little bit like the non-biological parent wasn’t important once people found out they were donor conceived, which is sad because their journey is probably just as hard as the child’s & they will most likely always love & support that child more than a donor ever would.

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