DO YOU KNOW—Most Common Concerns Intended Parents Have about Donor Conception
Millions of people dream of having a baby but struggle for years with infertility or seek other unconventional ways to build a family. In an era of new options in reproductive medicine, many couples are using a third person’s egg, sperm, or embryo to conceive. Having a child with another person’s genetics is complex. Couples have concerns about how donor conception will affect their future family life, especially their child.
Confusion and fear can leave parents feeling unequipped on this path to parenthood. Shame and unresolved grief about infertility create silence around a controversial topic that needs a voice. Secrets can hurt a family.
A fertility counselor addresses your urgent questions:
· Why should we tell our child we’re not genetically related?
· How do we tell our child about donor conception? And when is the best time?
· What if my child is upset?
· What if I don’t feel like the real parent?
· Will others treat our family differently?
· Should we keep the donor a secret?
You can learn to overcome fears that make you want to keep a secret—yet maintain your family’s privacy. This book offers education and awareness so parents can guide their donor-conceived children through various stages of development with age-appropriate conversations.