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Under pressure? negotiating relationships in known egg donation

By Nina Martin, Ruth Deery, Chris Cameron and Eric Blyth


This paper aims to explore the experience of known egg donation (where eggs are donated by a woman known to the recipient either as a friend or family member) within the context of the relationships involved in the donation. Part of my PhD research involved a number of in-depth interviews with individuals who had experienced known egg donation either as the recipient or the donor, or the partner of the recipient or donor. These interviews are currently being analysed using the voice-centred relational method of data analysis (Brown & Gilligan, 1992; Mauthner & Doucet, 1998), which provides the researcher with the opportunity to be reflexive during the analytical stages of the research as well as providing a ‘voice’ for those taking part in the research. Preliminary data analysis suggests that the quality of the relationships between the donor, the recipient and their partners are a key feature of known egg donation

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