Are the kids all right? 


It’s on our minds and it’s probably on yours, too. How are the kids doing? Is it more challenging to be a family with donor children? Not really. Psychological studies have shown that families with donor children are doing well.

A recent study out of the University of Cambridge in the UK among 103 mothers (51 single women with donor children and 52 women partnered with the child’s biological father) shows no difference in the children’s adjustment or any significant difference in parenting quality or maternal well-being.

Another Cambridge University study of 145 families with adolescent children conceived under different circumstances (through a sperm donor, an egg donor, surrogacy or natural conception) shows no difference in family strains or the psychological adjustment among adolescent donor children, compared to both naturally conceived children or children from collaborative reproduction methods.
Consequently, according to the studies, there are no indication that donor children or their families should be any less all right than any other family.

The studies were presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Baltimore, and the president of the ASRM, Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH, stated that “it is reassuring to know that families, who rely upon medical assistance to have children, do not appear to suffer psychologically. It appears families are families.”

You can read more about the studies here.

//posted by Stinne, Client Service Manager at European Sperm Bank