Fertility doctor ‘fathered hundreds of babies’ by using his own sperm on patients – Daily Record

A fertility doctor could have used his own sperm to inseminate "hundreds or even thousands" of women without their knowledge, it has been claimed.

Jaime Hall, 60, alleges that Dr. Philip Peven inseminated her mother with his own sperm and even claims he admitted to parenting a multitude of babies both as a sperm donor in the late 40s and in his medical practice as an OB-GYN.

Jaime says he confessed when she confronted him in January of this year with her allegations after she ran an online DNA test.

Jaime's parents Joyce and Barry Brown visited Dr Peven at the Grace Hospital in Detroit for help conceiving in the early 50s.

Peven (M.D. 1941) is now 104-years-old and lives in Michigan, US, and is credited with delivering around 9,000 babies in his four decade career.

In 1956 Joyce gave birth to Jaime's elder sister Lynn and in 1959 she gave birth to Jaime - both babies were delivered by Dr Peven.

"My sister and I grew up thinking that our parents were both our biological parents," said Jaime, who runs a company called Laser Pain Relief Center of America with her husband Todd, 51.

Jamie, of Traverse City, MI, had no reason to doubt her parentage until 2008 when one of her stepsisters told her that she was the product of an affair and that her sister Lynn was conceived via artificial insemination.

"I confronted my mother about it, but she denied the whole thing," said Jaime.

But in 2017 she conducted a paternity test which concluded that Barry was not her real father.

In 2019 she traced her family tree using two genetic testing and analysis services - ancestry.com and 23andMe.

She said: "I discovered that I was 50 percent Ashkenazi Jew, but no one in my family is Ashkenazi Jew.

"It didn't make sense.

"My sister Lynn came up as a close match but she had no Ashkenazi Jew in her DNA analysis there were also lots of other matches for me as close family, which was exceedingly strange.

"As far as I knew I only had one sister, Lynn."

Over the next year Jaime undertook a rigorous analysis of her genetic history, meticulously piecing together a series of half siblings that she never knew she had.

"I started messaging everyone who appeared as a close match to me," she said.

"I discovered a close match with a person named only as LP, whose DNA account was managed by someone called I. M Peven.

"I recognized the name Peven as the doctor who delivered me and my sister Lynn."

Over the next year Jaime claims she has received numerous calls and emails from people who all share high proportions of DNA with her, and who were all delivered by Dr Peven.

"All of us were born in the same hospital, all of our birth certificates show Dr Peven as our OBGYN, not our father.

"I then discovered Dr Peven's grandson Jackson on there, he came up as a half nephew sharing 12.3% DNA with me.

"That served as the final, undeniable proof.

"I share more DNA with Jackson Peven than my sister Lynn's daughter Alicia [Neher]."

In early 2019 Jaime claims she contacted Dr Peven's son Roger J. Peven, who owns a law firm in Spokane, Washington.

"I said, 'I am your half sister' and he told me he'd other calls of the same nature in the past

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"He said 'I know about you guys' he was very friendly and warm and we have remained in contact after that.

"He texted me photos of himself and his father."

In January of 2020 Jaime teamed up with one of the half sisters she had discovered through DNA analysis [who does not wish to be named] and decided to finally meet Dr Peven in the flesh.

Jaime said: "We just turned up at his door and walked right in there.

"He was all hunched and had a walker, he said he has neuropathy, but his brain was very sharp.

"Initially we just said 'you knew our parents, you delivered us' and he invited us in and we got talking.

"I showed him a picture of my parents and he zoomed in on the baby, me.

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"He sat on a chair and we both sat at on the floor at his feet, like his two little daughters.

"He said: 'I was a pioneer you know, I was the first to ever be doing anything like this.'

"There was definitely an ego there, I could see it, and then he would catch himself and stop talking or change the subject

"We said 'you not only delivered us we want to thank you for fathering us. Without you we wouldn't be here.'

"He asked how we knew, and we told him about the DNA tests.

"He said he had been donating sperm since 1947, since he was doing research in Chicago.

"He said he kept his own records of everything in his private practice.

"I said 'did you ever think that DNA would be around to bring all these children back to you?

"He said: 'I never thought this would be possible. It's like a fairy-tail isn't it?' My daughter thinks I could have fathered thousands of children.'

Despite the shocking revelation Jaime feels positive about the whole experience.

"I don't look at it in a negative way. These women, my mother included, came to him desperate, and he gave them something that they all wanted.

"There wasn't the same regulation then as there is now.

"I really think he was trying to help people and without him I wouldn't be alive today.

"Some of the people that have called me feel like they've been cheated, they are having existential issues about it, but I don't see it that way.

"I'm just happy I'm here and I have nothing but gratefulness to be alive."

However Jamie does acknowledge the huge biological and ethical and implications of Peven's work.

She said: "You have to realize that Dr Peven was practicing in a small, close-knit community - people could have married relatives without knowing. There is a very high likelihood of certain diseases that run in Ashkenazi heritage."

Dr. Peven was too unwell to make a comment.

His daughter Kari told The Sun Online that she "had no idea" how many children her father could have fathered.

But she said he would have been honest with any women who asked where the sperm was from.

Kari said: "I think he had used his own sperm. We're very healthy and intelligent people."

When asked if her father ever inseminated women with his sperm without their knowledge, she said: "If they had asked, they would have been told, he had no reason not to tell them.

"They were begging to be helped and they didn't ask, all as they wanted was a baby, a healthy baby.

"And they trusted him to find someone intelligent and healthy.

"Usually he would only use his own sperm if he couldn't get a fresh sample, there was no cryogenics in those days.

"But my father would have told anybody who asked.

"And there are lots of reasons, a mother also might say, 'Well, I didn't have any idea', even though they did."

The revelations come in the wake of the HBO documentary Baby God, in which claims are made that Nevada physician Dr Quincy Fortier fathered at least 24 children using his own sperm.

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