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Watch: Patient Success Story Also Shows Challenges with Sperm Donor Diversity

Posted on December 28, 2023by RSC Staff

Recently, Dr. Matrika Johnson was featured on a WSOC-TV 9 news story about a patient named Shayla McDaniel, who became a mother through the use of donor sperm. During her process, McDaniel’s cryobank searches yielded very few results for African-American donors, an issue that Dr. Johnson says it is an ongoing challenge, citing research from a recent study.

“Out of 748 potential donors, there were only maybe 20 to 25 of them that were actually Black,” Johnson said. She says the shortage could be due, in part, to ineffective recruitment tactics.

Though the journey had its challenges, McDaniel did find a donor, and hopes her story encourages others to achieve their dreams of parenthood. Watch the full story here.