The missing place at the table…

I have written before about the HFEA’s new National Donation Strategy Group and the distinguished company I am keeping in having not been appointed to it’s membership.  Now two of my fellow rejectees have written a Bio-News commentary about the lack of representation on this group and the Nuffield Bio-Ethics working party on donor information from donor conceived adults and professionals who work with donor conception families.  Jennie Hunt, senior counsellor at Hammersmith Hospital and Marilyn Crawshaw from York University and UK DonorLink argue that –

“we need to move from perceiving donor conception as a treatment choice to adopting a ‘family building approach’ to the services provided to donors, patients, donor-conception parents and donor-conceived people.

By sidelining crucial ‘family’ members and those with professional experience of working with them as a family, we run the very real danger of missing important opportunities to bring about well informed – and necessary – service improvements. So why is it happening?”

See the full article here


About oliviasview

Co-founder and now Practice Consultant at Donor Conception Network. Mother to two donor conceived adults and a son conceived without help in my first marriage.
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