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Cindy Farquhar: OB-GYN Professor on survey asking parents how they tell their kids they were donor-conceived

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Around 70 Kiwis turning 18 from August will become the first cohort legally allowed to seek details about their donor parent from Births, Deaths and Marriages. 

As officials prepare for requests about donor-biological parents, a team of University of Auckland researchers are asking their own questions in a new nationwide survey. 

Since the Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Hart) register began collecting information nearly two decades ago, more than 3,000 donor-conceived people have been born. 

Auckland University Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cindy Farquhar, told Tim Beveridge “We’re aware that it’s a delicate situation.” 

Farquhar said “Some people make their own private arrangements – same-sex couples may find their own donor outside of the fertility clinic.”  


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