I thought this video was pretty interesting considering we are about to have an egg donor cycle! I have always wondered how this process will affect the child later in their life (especially the teenage years). I have always been at peace with this decision, because I never had a decision in the process. Everything was decided for me when I was a child. I had a decade and some years to understand and accept this situation for what it was, and I have. I feel extremely lucky I still have options available to me. To me, it was always, this is a miracle that I would be even able to carry a baby with all the scientific advances and techniques we have available to us. After watching a short interview with an egg donor child, it answers some of my questions I did have. Of course all situations are different and all people differ with how they feel or what they share, but watching this video brings comfort to me. This is an extremely prevelant avenue to explore and used to increase chances for IVF couples. The statistics are in our favor. A family is a family no matter how they come to be. I think the child really gets a good sense of how badly they were really wanted before they were even conceived, and that is a pretty cool feeling. :)
After speaking with several psychologists about this topic, we were asked how and when we would share the truths about our conception story with our future child(ren). We both had the same answer...as early as possible. Being on the same page with this makes life so much easier. The sooner the better for everybody! Having secrets only confuses everybody. As stated in the video, we want our children's identity to be known from a very early age so they didn't have to figure it all out later in life. We want our child to have a full understanding of how they came to be and to always be able to ask us questions about it whenever the questions would surface. Being open and honest is what we feel is the best policy for us!
Interview with an Egg Donor Child