12 episodes

Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic - the Karbaat Kids - began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. 

What happened in Dr Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else, The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman.

This is a Somethin' Else production.

The Immaculate Deception Somethin' Else / Sony Music Entertainment

    • Science
    • 4.5 • 277 Ratings

Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic - the Karbaat Kids - began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. 

What happened in Dr Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else, The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman.

This is a Somethin' Else production.

    1: The Clinic

    1: The Clinic

    Jenny travels to the Netherlands to meet Joey Hoofdman and Marsha Elvers, who discover the shocking truth about the fertility doctor who treated their mothers. The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 30 min
    2: The Super Donor

    2: The Super Donor

    Joey knocks on Dr Karbaat’s door and Jenny meets sperm donor Louis. What goes through the mind of someone who’s prepared to father dozens of children? The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 27 min
    3: The Last Interview

    3: The Last Interview

    Journalist Kamil Baluk made it through the clinic gates for one of the last ever interviews with Jan Karbaat. How did the doctor justify himself? The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 35 min
    4: The American Connection

    4: The American Connection

    What happened when Karbaat took his sperm to the US? Jenny investigates the doctor's American connection and finds out about the other fertility doctors who deceived their patients. The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 37 min
    5: The Mother

    5: The Mother

    Jenny finally tracks down a mother who was treated by Karbaat. Lidia found out the truth about her son's paternity in 2019. The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 38 min
    6: The Nose Hair Trimmer

    6: The Nose Hair Trimmer

    The fight for justice for Jan Karbaat's victims. And Jenny uncovers a secret recording. The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else production.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

hazelbnr ,

Reporting 👍

Interviews and writing bring it all together.

Stevenmel ,

Betrayal trauma

I was in it for 5 long years. I was promised and promised and I can’t do this anymore unles he gets help

sophstribean ,

Great Story

What a great story! Not too drawn out, definitely keeps you interested. Super glad she was able to get one of the mothers voices in this podcast, definitely makes this story hit home.

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