Experiences of Family Relationships Among Donor-Conceived Families: A Meta-Ethnography.

Qualitative health research

PubMedID: 25316692

Wyverkens E, Van Parys H, Buysse A. Experiences of Family Relationships Among Donor-Conceived Families: A Meta-Ethnography. Qual Health Res. 2014;.
In this qualitative evidence synthesis, we explore how family relationships are experienced by parents who used gamete donation to conceive. We systematically searched four databases (PubMed, Web of Science, PsycINFO, and ProQuest) for literature related to this topic and retrieved 25 studies. Through the analysis of the qualitative studies, a comprehensive synthesis and framework was constructed. Following the meta-ethnography approach of Noblit and Hare, four main themes were identified: (a) balancing the importance of genetic and social ties, (b) normalizing and legitimizing the family, (c) building strong family ties, and (d) minimizing the role of the donor. Underlying these four main themes, a sense of being "different" and "similar" at the same time was apparent. Findings are discussed in terms of their implications for studying and counseling donor-conceived families.