Excerpt from Making Finn by Susan Newham-Blake
Penguin Books have shared an excerpt from Susan Newham-Blake’s memoir, Making Finn, which details her unconventional journey to parenthood.
In this extract, Newham-Blake considers the potential half-siblings that her child could have if they use donor sperm and investigates the intricacies of shipping sperm internationally and getting it through customs in South Africa:
As I am getting out of the lift the next morning my cellphone rings. It is Dr James. His calm warm voice is reassuring. I walk quickly out on to the office balcony for some privacy to explain my most recent dilemma. The last time we spoke was when he handed over the dismal list of thirteen South African donors.
‘Hi! Hi!’ I say breathlessly. ‘Roxi and I have been thinking about getting sperm from a donor overseas. I was wondering whether you knew anything about it. Would you be willing to receive the goods on our behalf?’