Egg donor wanted: Social work with women looking for an egg donor

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Hart, Vivien and Plath, Debbie. (2011) Egg donor wanted: Social work with women looking for an egg donor. Australian Social Work. 64(4), pp. 515 - 525. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2011.573859
AuthorsHart, Vivien and Plath, Debbie
Abstract

Women seeking fertility treatment using donor eggs can face challenges associated with recruiting suitable egg donors and negotiating the role that the donor may play in the life of the child. Social work in infertility clinics is an emerging area of practice and social work counsellors have an important role to play with parties involved in the egg donation process. This paper seeks to raise awareness of social work practice with women seeking egg donors, providing an overview of issues for social work practice. Findings from a small practice research project are also presented to highlight the experiences of women advertising for egg donors and to illustrate an empowerment approach to social work practice with these women. It was found that with the support of the social work counsellor, newspaper advertising can be an effective method to recruit egg donors for fertility treatment that allows women control over the process.

Keywordsassisted reproduction technology; infertility; counselling
Year2011
JournalAustralian Social Work
Journal citation64 (4), pp. 515 - 525
PublisherAustralian Association Of Social Workers
ISSN0312-407X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2011.573859
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84858595646
Page range515 - 525
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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