Family building in donor conception: parents' experiences of sharing information

Blyth, Eric; Langdridge, Darren and Harris, Rhonda (2010). Family building in donor conception: parents' experiences of sharing information. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2) pp. 116–127.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02646830903295018

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a qualitative investigation of the experience of parents in the UK who have built their families through donor conception and have told their children about their origins. Key themes identified in the study include parental motivation for disclosure, the relationship between telling the child and telling others, the importance of the 'seed-planting' strategy for telling children, and 'ownership' of information about the child's conception. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the research findings for encouraging parental disclosure of donor conception as advocated in the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

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