Medical & Genetic History
When we chose open adoption to have Baby MPB, we realized that we would not get detailed family medical history for our child. We hoped we’d get some, but there is no guarantees about the level of detail or the accuracy. In fact, in the open adoption world where we live, it’s pretty well known that the information we receive can often have gaps and/or be inaccurate. All we get is a basic self-report on information that is known by the birth parents and ultrasound reports if there are any.
(In Baby MPB’s case, I believe we have pretty good medical history and as we are in touch with his birth mom we have the ability to ask more questions if we ever need to. And I’m absolutely grateful for that. But we don’t have everything and there always will be gaps – as I’ve discussed before we aren’t even positive what his racial make-up is).
So, when we contemplate embryo adoption, having the opportunity to find out more reliable details about family medical history and genetics is something we had never considered. This seems to be a trend these days, and it just one more thing for us to think about.
And, honestly knowing intimate details just isn’t something we really care too much about. We already know that our friends are healthy and they have healthy children, what more do we need to know? I guess we also know that their children are some of the cutest and most adorable little kids ever – that’s just a bonus information in our minds!
In a perfect world, I really do want any child we have to know their biological family medical history. Mr. MPB and I don’t care about it, but I suspect once grown a child/adult may want access to this type of information. I also want our children to know their biological families, if possible (more on that another day).
But do Mr. MPB and I need to know more details? I don’t really think so.
At this point in time we haven’t asked our friends any questions related to medical/genetic history, so I honestly don’t know anything. But, I am rather confident they would be willing to share their known family medical history if we asked today or in the future.
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