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Doing Reflexivity in Research on Donor Conception: Examining Moments of Bonding and Becoming

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For qualitative researchers, reflexivity is always an important aspect of ethical practice. In research on donor conception, there is a particular need for greater attention to be paid to the ways in which researchers’ positionality, experiences and attitudes influence the research process and findings. With the aim of ‘doing reflexivity’, in this chapter I explore three phases of becoming: becoming donor-conceived, becoming activist and becoming researcher. In ‘becoming donor-conceived’, I explore how connecting with other donor-conceived people online strongly influenced the way that I understood my own experiences and contributed to a sense of belonging. Next, I describe how through ‘becoming activist’, I became more aware of the political value of donor-conceived people’s voices and the need to privilege donor-conceived people’s perspectives in research. Finally, I explore how I navigate my position as an ‘insider’ in my research including how I manage risk and reciprocity. In doing so, I explore how people with lived experience bring different priorities and approaches to the research process. More broadly, I underscore the need for donor conception researchers to engage with and empower donor-conceived people in order to meaningfully influence policy and practice responses to this complex topic.

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I am indebted to the donor-conceived participants who have generously shared their stories for this research. Sincere thanks to my supervisors Christy Newman, Michele Zappavigna and Kerryn Drysdale for their ongoing guidance and helpful feedback on drafts of this chapter. I would also like to thank the Editor and Reviewers for their comments that improved this chapter. Giselle Newton is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

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Newton, G. (2022). Doing Reflexivity in Research on Donor Conception: Examining Moments of Bonding and Becoming. In: Shaw, R.M. (eds) Reproductive Citizenship. Health, Technology and Society. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-9451-6_12

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