Tuesday 22nd March 2022 – 8pm (GMT)
This panel discussion explored not only what known donation is, but what is important to consider when embarking on this path, exploring both the practical and emotional aspects with our three speakers. I was joined by Christina Weis, researcher as part of the EDNA project, Anest Mathias, Senior Solicitor specialising in Family Law and Gerry McCluskey, an experienced fertility counsellor who has worked with many donor conceived families. We talked through the recent EDNA project findings including their new guide for those thinking about known donation, which encourages those involved to think about relationships with one another, donor agreements and family narratives that will then inform resulting children of their conception and genetic relationships.
Working for Family Routes, a voluntary social work agency, Gerry McCluskey has a particular interest in the broad range of different ways in which families are formed, the issues of belonging, connection, identity, loss and fulfilment which relate to the pursuit of family life whatever its form.
Christina is a medical anthropologist with a strong interest in assisted reproductive technology and reproductive rights. She has conducted research on surrogacy in Russia and the UK, and egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain. Christina works at the Centre for Reproduction Research at De Montfort University.
As a Senior Solicitor specialising in family law, Anest has a particular specialism in fertility, surrogacy and modern parenting law and advises heterosexual and same sex couples as well as individuals seeking to create their family. She is experienced in international and domestic surrogacy arrangements.