Here are real stories from our clients, talking about their hopes, fears, trials, and successes in their own words. We love hearing them, and hope you find them as inspiring as we do. If you'd like to share your own experience, we would love to hear it. Submit your story!
Natalie and Tommie's Story
Hi! This is Natalie (the one writing) and Tommie (the one carrying) and this is our story.
Having kids had always seemed somewhat of an unobtainable dream to us. As a middle class lesbian couple living in Arkansas, we were missing one very important ingredient and living in a somewhat unwelcoming state.
Every once in a while we would throw around baby names we liked or we would Google sperm banks and browse the donors, daydreaming that one day we would need to use some of their goods. Read more…
Laura and Jon's Story
My name is Laura and I would like to share my family’s story of infertility.
My husband Jon and I had been married for three years. I was nearing the end of nursing school when we began to discuss having a baby. Jon wanted to wait a little longer and let me get established in my job. We had prevented pregnancy in every way possible up to this point.
Later that year, after I graduated and began nursing, all methods of preventing were gone. Jon and I understood that "It may not happen right away." So our journey to try and conceive began. Read more…
Vanessa and Aurora's Story
I conceived Aurora through IVF with my eggs and sperm from California Cryobank donor #11659 in November of 2009 at age 43. After graduating from college, I worked as a full-time professional dancer with a classical dance company for 10 years and got married at 32. Before I dated my now ex-husband, I told him that I wanted to get married and have kids, and that I wasn't dating men who didn't want to get married and have kids at some point in their life.
He assured me that he wanted to get married and start a family. Eight years passed. Every time I brought up having children, he stalled. Read more…
When I was 25 it seemed like all my friends were having kids and all my siblings had kids and I felt like I was missing out. It took me a couple of years to figure out how to reach my own dreams of becoming a mother.
With school behind me and a career that I loved, I decided to do some research by Googling fertility clinic's. I had never heard of a Reproductive Endocrinologist but it didn't take much research to know that was what I needed. The closest one to me was 2 hours away, so I set up an appointment for Jan 31st. Read more…
Emily and Angela's Story
Once Emily and I decided that we were going to start "our" family, it was exciting and scary at the same time.
We looked and looked at CCB's website, and once I saw the perfect donor I just knew it, we both knew it! CCB made it easy for us to find a healthy, smart, handsome, and honorable donor.
After the news from the doctor that we were blessed with a baby boy, there were no words to describe the gratitude that we both felt towards the donor for giving us the ability and opportunity to become parents. Read more…
Sarah and Isaac's Story
Our names are Sarah and Isaac, and this is our story.
Isaac was born with a disease called Neurofibromatosis. It is a genetic disease, where he has hundreds of tiny tumors growing all over his body, under the skin and mainly along the major nerves. he was told there was a 10% chance of any of the tumors turning malignant.
When he was 29 (in 2009), the doctor found two tumors, each the size of a grapefruit, up against his hip and spine, in his groin area, that had turned cancerous. He went through two and a half months of IMRT radiation treaments, being treated for 20 minutes, 5 days a week, which would most likely leave him sterile. Read more…
At 34 years old I hadn't met Mr. Right, but I didn't want to give up on my dream of becoming a mother. After much thought, I decided to try to become a mom on my own. I looked at a couple of different sperm banks, but I picked CCB because it had the best selection of open ID donors.
I felt like the choice to meet the donor is a decision for the child to make in the future, not for me to make for him or her now. Once I narrowed my list down to a handful of donors, I showed the profiles to my family and a few friends and we listened to the audio interviews together. Read more…
Diana and Danielle's Story
As the excitement builds my partner Diana and I are extremely blessed to have done our research and ended up finding the California Cryobank!!
Diana and I (Danielle) first laid eyes on each other about 5 years ago, her being a RN in a busy ER, and me a busy EMT on an ambulance, hit it off and became great friends.
Years later I got lucky and discovered that Diana was not only my best friend, but my soul mate. As our relationship grew the talk of having kids came up, and up again. Read more…
Rebekah and Suzanne's Story
Like so many people these days, we decided to have children later in life. And, like most people, we thought it would be easy. It wasn't.
First, we had to decide which of us would try first. One doctor told us my partner should since she, "had older eggs." Next, we had to decide how long we would try and how much we would spend.
We ended up trying for longer and spending a lot more money than we ever intended, but California Cryobank was with us every step of the way. Read more…
My partner and I considered bringing a child into the world (and making our own little family) off and on for almost 10 years; after all there was a lot to consider and plan for.
We didn't know any other same-sex couples who were in our situation and we needed all of the information we could get.
I spent a lot of time researching articles and news pieces on using donor sperm and we discussed the implications of this option. Once we fully understood the process and the procedure I began to look into sperm banks. Read more…
Missy and Melissa's Story
Our journey to mommy-hood began in the early spring of 2011, when, after years of dreaming about babies, my wife and I finally began to take steps towards getting pregnant.
We began researching cryobanks in earnest, the internet and advice from friends being our tools.
CCB was an easy final choice as we felt extremely confident with their ability to provide high-quality, diverse donors and an abundance of resources and support to guide us through the admittedly strange process. Read more…