Although I am very happy with the donor I chose - I realized I was a little sad that he did not donate more samples. I found out from the sperm bank that they only sold his vials to a very few families. While this may have some good sides to it - I feel my child may miss out on all of the fun associated with larger family ties.
I was interested to find that a friend of mine told me that she looked on Donor sibling registry, and found other half siblings for her child, but that None of those families wanted anything more that to be able to share very basic health information. In fact at the last SMC workshop I went to it was noticeable that the general feeling seemed to be against being in contact with other half siblings, so much so that someone felt the need to remind us of the value of at least sharing health information, and the general location where they might live - I guess so they avoid dating each other.
Can anyone enlighten me why people seem to shy away from getting to know their child's half siblings? I can understand the shock of finding that you share a donor with someone that lives down the road - especially if you don't like them that much - but surely that is the joy of having a large family, I know myself - I speak to some of my siblings a lot and others hardly at all!