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For many intended parents, surrogacy is impossible without a sperm or egg donor. Whether the intended parent(s) unsuccessfully struggle through the IVF process, they’re part of a same-sex couple, or a single parent that can’t create an embryo on their own, it is common for these individuals to turn to egg or sperm donations for a viable embryo to complete the implantation process. Last year, the number of conceptions through assisted reproduction technologies reached an estimated 5 million worldwide, making donor conception a mainstream medical procedure.
While the process of finding a sperm or egg donor can be relatively straightforward with the help of a fertility clinic, many intended parents wonder what it will be like to raise a egg or sperm donor conceived child. For families of donor conception, one of the most delicate issues of parenthood is how to talk to their children about their donors. Raising a donor-conceived child can seem challenging, but fortunately, there are many tools available to parents today to ensure a donor-conceived child is raised with a healthy knowledge of their biological history.
Let’s look further into how to create a healthy conversation about your donor conceived child while preserving their identity using this step-by-step guide.
As you prepare to raise your donor-conceived child, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to your fertility clinic and surrogacy professional for advice. There are many communities online like Creating a Family that provide resources from other intended parents like you for every step of the donation process. Remember, your child’s donor conception is something to be proud of. Raising them with a full knowledge of their genetic history can help instill an identity that they’re proud of, as well.