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Becoming a morther by non-anonymous egg donation: secrecy and the relationship between egg recipient, egg donor and egg donation child

By D.A.M. van Berkel, A. Candido and W.H. Pijffers


The object of the study was to investigate secrecy in non-anonymous egg donation, to explore some characteristics of this\ud kind of egg donation arrangement and the relationship of the recipient with her non-genetic child. Forty-four egg recipients\ud and 62 IVF patients with a child conceived through egg donation and/or IVF were recruited. A semi-structured questionnaire\ud was sent to all the participants. Chi-square and T-tests were used to examine the differences between the groups. There were\ud no significant differences on the following aspects. The same high proportion of egg donation mothers (77%) and IVF\ud mothers (87%) had the intention of telling their child about the conception but most women thought disclosure at a later\ud time preferable. Two thirds of the recipients and IVF mothers said the way of conception had no influence on the relationship\ud with their child. The two groups differed however in their argumentation about secrecy and named different feelings. Egg\ud donation mothers expressed more denial and showed more defensive reactions, anxieties and uncertainty. It is suggested that\ud recognition of a certain difference between a natural conception and egg donation could be helpful in early disclosure and\ud could help to diminish anxieties in egg donation mothers

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen, egg donation, secrecy, egg donor, egg recipient, non-anonymity, non-genetic motherhood
Year: 2007
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