Raising An Art Child

As if raising a child isn't difficult enough, parents who conceive using ART may face additional challenges.

First, you must decide if you will explain your child's conception to him or her. Especially in cases where no outside donor is involved, some parents never tell their child that ART was used to achieve the pregnancy. Other parents feel obliged to explain the child's conception when the time seems right. If you do choose to tell your child, remember to explain only what your child can handle at his or her current age. Young children won't be able to fully grasp the concept of ART. Try to break it down into easy-to-understand terms. As your child matures, you'll be able to fill in the blanks and answer more questions because you've already opened this path of discussion.

You might also want to discuss your wishes with close family members and friends. Explain to them whether or not you will be telling the child about the ART conception. Set the tone and the ground rules so that your family and friends don't violate your wishes. For example, you might say that you and your partner are the only two people who can discuss this topic with your child. Certainly, if you don't plan to tell your child, let your friends and family know and ask them to honor your wishes to keep this a secret.

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