Thursday 13 December 2018

Mums 'don't bond as well with donor egg babies'

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Victoria Fletcher

Mothers who give birth using donor eggs do not have the same connection with their babies as women who use their own eggs, a new study suggests.

Scientists at Cambridge University in the UK found that women who do not have a genetic connection with their offspring show "subtle, yet meaningful" differences in how they interact.

Their observations showed that donor mothers made slightly less eye contact with their babies and responded less to their games.

The researchers believe the differences may be explained by an awareness on the part of the mother that they are not genetically linked to their child, or because they arrive at parenthood later in life.

However, they said that all parents in the study had a strong and loving bond with their children.

Dr Susan Imrie, who co-authored the study, said: "A small number of mothers did talk about struggling with the idea of not having a genetic relationship with their baby."

Irish Independent

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