Donor conception from the viewpoint of the child Positives negatives and promoting the welfare of the child

The well-being of donor-conceived children is reviewed, disclosure trends are discussed, and child-related consequences of older parents using donor conception are considered with the goal of promoting the welfare of the child.


Julianne E. Zweifel, Ph.D.

Volume 104, Issue 3, Pages 513-519


Use of donor egg and donor sperm has made parenthood a possibility for many who could not achieve it through natural conception. The use of donor gametes may also permit prospective parents to mitigate a number of health problems for the hoped-for child. Promoting the welfare of the hoped-for child, however, includes not only the consideration of good physical health but also necessitates consideration of psychological, emotional, and social well-being. This paper will review the impact of donor conception from the viewpoint of the resulting child including the psychological, emotional, and social well-being of donor-conceived children. It will discuss the topic of disclosure and closely consider the expansion of donor conception to older parents from the viewpoint of the child.

Read the full text at: