Author Archives: oliviasview

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.

Come on Archers, when is Henry going to be ‘told’

Once again The Archers (sorry overseas readers, see explanation below) is tackling the topic of miscarriage.  In 2014 it was Ruth Archer with a baby conceived at age 46.  This time it is Kirsty, left-at-the-altar but nevertheless pregnant by ex-fiance … Continue reading

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What parents of un-told DC adults need to know

I have just finished the first draft of a mostly re-written updating of the booklet Telling and Talking 17+.  This is intended for parents of donor conceived adults to support and help them tell their ‘children’ in the best way … Continue reading

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Genetics as we live them

It is a reflection of how full life is at the moment that I have not blogged since the beginning of the month and that it has taken me until Thursday to draw to your attention to the thought provoking … Continue reading

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Love and grief revisited

I have just been re-visiting some of the posts I wrote back in 2011 when I first started this blog.  This one from the 27th September struck a chord.  It was written following one of DC Network’s national meetings and … Continue reading

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The awkward truth: Genetic connection is always preferred to donor conception

The HFEA’s recent decision to allow mitochondrial donation is to be welcomed.  At long last families affected by mitochondrial disease will be able to have a child whose life is highly unlikely to be shortened by this devastating disease.   … Continue reading

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‘Telling’ late about donor conception not so bad after all?

I am currently working towards updating the DC Network publication, Telling and Talking 17+.  This is the only book in the series that focuses exclusively on first time telling of older teenagers and adults, the earlier ones including ‘continuing to … Continue reading

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When looking Spanish means not fitting in with the family

It happened again the other day.  Talking to a woman who is building up to ‘telling’ her six year old daughter she is donor conceived, this very caring mum said, “I was so naive when we went to Spain for … Continue reading

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