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Twenty Year Study: Assisted Reproduction Kids Grow up Fine — But Tell Them Early About Biological Origins

18th April, 2023

[Source: Science Daily]

Landmark study finds no difference in psychological wellbeing or quality of family relationships between children born by assisted reproduction (egg or sperm donation or surrogacy) and those born naturally at age 20. However, findings suggest that telling children about their biological origins early — before they start school — can be advantageous for family relationships and healthy adjustment.  The study, by University of Cambridge researchers, is the first to examine the long-term effects of different types of third-party assisted reproduction on parenting and child adjustment, as well as the first to investigate prospectively the effect of the age at which children were told that they were conceived by egg donation, sperm donation or surrogacy.

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