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    Hello all,
    This is a random question I had while looking at heading to Greece in September.
    What happens with/on your babies birth certificate after getting pregnant with donor egg and donor sperm overseas?
    I know here in Victoria after using donor sperm for IVF, I was told there would be a notation to say donor sperm. Then obviously down the track, you can find out because it's not anonymous.
    But, what do you do / say on the birth certificate after using donors overseas? I can't find much online, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot.
    Can anyone pls point me in the right direction or share what they did?
    Thank you.

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    Greece uses anonymous donors. So it won’t work the same as Australia where we have a very well regulated ID release donor system.

    I am going to South Africa and using double donor. So similar situation.

    I will be listed as mother. I think I will just leave the father blank (but could ask for it to be listed as donor if I want).

    Still thinking through that. I kind of prefer blank because I’ll be 100% open with my child from day 1 about both their donors. But you have to show your birth certificate a lot in life so do they really want to have to explain it every time? I feel like blank means they have the option to fly under the radar a bit more and choose when they want to tell their story or not.

    Make sure you get the clinic paperwork confirming donor conception and any donor codes etc though.

    R

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    We used a donor egg from overseas and the birth cert here has me as the mother and my hubby as the father. So nothing different.

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    When you fill out the form for the birth cert I think it says “birth mother” which I am. I gave birth to her so naturally my name went there. And where we got the egg is a country that does it anonymously.

    Hope that helps

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    DD is from anonymous donor sperm. We are in Queensland and there is no mention of donor on her birth certificate, for father it just has DHs name.

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    My daughter is a from a donor emnryo in greece. Her birth certificate (NSW) lists me as her mother and my husband as her father. There was an optional box to tick if she was created by donors but I didnt tick it as I plan to tell her anyway. I do have it handwritten in her blue book (her medical records) in case its important medically but I didnt see the need to put it on her birth certificate unless she chooses to want it there later in life. :-)

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    Queensland here, I’ve got girls from o/s didn’t put anything down, even if there was a box to tick I wouldn’t have as we are their parents, no matter how they came about so no one else’s business, especially not the governments.

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    I had a similar issue registering my little one with the US Embassy, it goes as far as saying they have the right to do a DNA test to verify if we have a biological connection, which we do. I figured I can’t lie, IVF conception is all over my medical records. It’s so invasive and not their business but a sign of the times that this question is on both domestic birth certificate registration and international citizenship paperwork. I have to get documentation stating I am biologically related to my child. And so what if I wasn’t? USA citizenship for my son isn’t that important to me. It’s just outrageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augieandaddie View Post
    I had a similar issue registering my little one with the US Embassy, it goes as far as saying they have the right to do a DNA test to verify if we have a biological connection, which we do. I figured I can’t lie, IVF conception is all over my medical records. It’s so invasive and not their business but a sign of the times that this question is on both domestic birth certificate registration and international citizenship paperwork. I have to get documentation stating I am biologically related to my child. And so what if I wasn’t? USA citizenship for my son isn’t that important to me. It’s just outrageous.
    That's interesting (if ludicrous) @augieandaddie, to me it seems a bit outdated these days since donation is no longer unheard of. We will definitely tell this hopefully-soon-to-be-child about the donation, but I certainly don't plan to put it on her birth certificate. To my mind a birth certificate is there to officially document where and when a person was born, and who their parents are, that's it.

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    Yes who wants a constant reminder that you were from a donor everytime you need your birth certificate for something, then people who you would have never planned on knowing, ie total stranger will know one of the most personal things about you, if indeed it is put on the birth certificate, great if your the child and open about how you came about, but not so good if your private or struggling with your route of conception.

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