How Far Are You Willing To Go To Become A Parent?
For any parent, a child is a bundle of joy and a source of happiness. But what if you discover that your spouse or both of you are incapable of conceiving a child? One of the main issues for parenthood is the problem with infertility. Fortunately for some, there are modern ways to have a child aside from adoption. In the U.S, many scientific options include egg donation. For instance, egg donation in Chicago is monitored by specialists in reproductive medicine. These agencies are generally bound by industry regulations set by national organizations.
Some countries have implemented an incentive strategy for women’s egg donation similar to the one granted to sperm donors. This is done to encourage a higher rate of participation. In Ireland, fertility centers have called for wider acceptance on egg donation not just in the country but in the majority of Europe, where the procedure is “frowned upon” in the society, said John Waterstone, medical director of Cork Fertility Center. Waterstone pointed out that while fertility clinics in the other countries such as the U.S. have offered payment in exchange for a woman’s egg donation, Europe still has a long way to go in the reproductive procedure. “The thinking in Europe is muddled,” Waterstone said in reference to the hesitance in providing financial compensation to egg donors. “It has been this accepted view.”
This issue on payment for egg donation has led more Irish women to visit countries such as Spain, where payment is available in exchange for an egg donation. “It’s very common. We can assume it is getting more prevalent,” Waterstone said. Unlike in the U.S. where clinics offer a refund due to unsuccessful pregnancies, the concept is yet to be adopted in Europe.
Nature vs. nurture
Recent research has found that a combination of environmental and genetic components help in revealing information on how a person would act as a parent. This could be considered to be one factor for the stringent process of egg donation. Genetic factors are especially mentioned as important contributors whether a person may or may not be a good parent. Psychologists from the Michigan State University have supported this claim with an evaluation of a total of 56 scientific experiments. These studies involved a careful review of on the basis for parenting styles and techniques among more than 20,000 families from all over the world.
A person’s gene makeup is responsible for an estimated 23% to 40% of our positive and negative attitudes in raising their children, according to the study posted on the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin. “The way we parent is not solely a function of the way we were parented as children,” said S. Alexandra Burt, Michigan State University associate professor of psychology and the study’s co-author. “There also appears to be genetic influences on parenting.” Still, Burt believes that there are plenty of influential factors that occur instantaneously. To put it simply, parents should be “sensitive to the fact that there “is a two-way process between parent and child that is both environmental and genetic,” she added.