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Women who have babies with donated eggs 'don't bond as closely with their children

Tuesday 09/October/2018 - 10:14 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Mothers who have babies using donated eggs tend not to bond so closely with their children، a study shows، the Daily Mail reports.

Increasing numbers of British women leave it too late to start a family using their own eggs.More than 1،400 babies were born from donated eggs in 2016 – three times the number 20 years ago.

But research by the University of Cambridge has found women who use egg donors may have slightly different relationships with their babies.

Some admit they struggle with not being biologically related to their child.
Author Alice Jolly has a son، Thomas، who is biologically hers and a daughter، Hope، born using a donor egg.

Miss Jolly، 51، said: 'Of course you worry about not being biologically related to your child and that you might not feel right about it، that you might not bond.

'But we had waited so long for another child، and were so determined it was going to work، we were just amazed to have her.

'The egg donation was not an issue for us after she arrived.' Miss Jolly decided to use an egg donor after her first daughter، Laura، was stillborn، she had a series of miscarriages and two rounds of IVF failed.

'I knew the chances of conceiving with my eggs were very low and it would be much higher with donated eggs،' said Miss Jolly، who is married to lawyer Stephen Kinsella and lives in Stroud، Gloucestershire. 'The more we looked into it، the more I thought، why not?'

The couple have not met the egg donor، who lives in the US، but send Christmas cards and have agreed that Hope، now six، can meet her if she wishes when older.

Although Hope is not biologically related to her، she takes after her maternal grandmother، Miss Jolly said، adding: 'She is switched on، tough and determined We are lucky to have the child we had، but we would love her whatever.'

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