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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.

Both poetry and ethics can throw light on rights of donor conceived people

It is unlikely that anyone reading this blog will be unfamiliar with Charlie Gard, the child with severe mitochondrial disease whose parents have been fighting through the courts for the right to take Charlie to America for experimental treatment.  No-one … Continue reading

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Respect, autonomy and the right to know one’s origins

One of the founding principles of the Donor Conception Network when it was founded 24 years ago was openness with children about the fact of having been donor conceived.   One of the main reasons for this was respect for … Continue reading

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Shame and fear of DC parents needs empathy not ridicule

I am aware that I spend a lot of my time preaching to the converted.  I don’t think anyone who subscribes to this blog believes that it is in the interests of children that they are not told about being … Continue reading

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Pennings is wrong: Telling is in the best interests of donor conceived children

What can I say about Guido Pennings and his insistence that there is no evidence that it is better to tell children that they are donor conceived than not.  There seems to be a perversity about the man that leads … Continue reading

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We need new words for new kinds of relatedness

I am inspired to write today by the erudite Andrew Solomon whose article in the Guardian on Monday wondered just why it is that we are still trying to shoehorn modern family relationships into a language lexicon that limits us … Continue reading

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Updated guidance on ‘telling’ for parents of donor conceived adults

It has taken a long time to complete but I am pleased to say that the updated Telling and Talking 17+ booklet is now available from DC Network.  It took so long because I wanted to go back and talk … Continue reading

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Time for UK fertility clinics to Step Up

Last week I attended Progress Educational Trust’s evening debate about Add-Ons in fertility treatment.  These are the mostly unproven additions to treatment protocols like intralipids, assisted hatching, endometrial scratch and many others.  It was a fascinating evening in many ways, … Continue reading

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