Will I feel like my child’s real parent? Nongenetic parents commonly report to me that they are worried they will not feel like the legitimate parent. They fear their child will feel as if they aren’t the “real mom” or “real dad” and will reject them as a parent for being genetically different. They also fear that the donor will have more importance in the child’s life than they are prepared to face and that they may even have to share the child’s affection with the donor.

      Parents, especially nongenetic intended parents, have concerns that lacking a genetic connection to their child will affect their relationship and worry that they will not feel a bond with their child. Many couples choose anonymous donation to avoid or delay feelings of parental

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