The Topic of Disclosure: To Tell Or Not To Tell When Conceiving A Child Through Egg Donation
Posted by Pathways to Parenthood | October 11, 2013
The decision to have a child with donor eggs is an emotional journey. The path up to making the decision is one that has been rocky and laden with obstacles and hurdles. Fortunately most couples that decide to use an egg donor to build their family eventually feel relief and hope that they have an alternative way to build their family. Unfortunately, along with that relief and hope usually comes fear and uncertainty about answering the questions, “Do we tell our child?” and “How do we tell our child?”
Most mental health professionals support disclosing to children the origins of their conception. The belief is based in part on the notion that people have a right to know their genetic origins. Deciding to disclose or not is a personal choice, and one that can only be made by mom and dad. It is an extremely important and impactful decision that will have lifelong implications. It is important to be well informed of consequences of disclosing or not. One excellent article that offers such information can be found here on the Resolve website at www.resolve.org. You can find the article “Disclosure Issues Fact Sheet” on the downloads/factsheets page of their website.
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