|Viewed genetic relatedness as important||Category||N||Examples|
|No||Plan to adopt or foster children||21||
“It doesn’t matter, I’m hoping to adopt”.|
“I feel it is selfish to prioritise a genetic relationship when there are so many children in the world without families”
|No||A genetic relationship is not important||14||
“Never saw why it made any difference”.|
“It’s not necessary for a child to be genetically related to their parents to have a normal and loving home environment”.
|No||Perception of having ‘bad genes’||10||
“I don’t want to pass on genetic mental illness”.|
“I have terrible genes and do not want them to continue”.
|Yes||Pragmatic acceptance that genetic relatedness is not possible||19||
“It is important to me, but ultimately not likely to be possible so I’m working on letting that go”.|
“I understood as I came to terms with my gender that I’d never bear my own children”.
|Yes||Would like the option of having a genetic relationship||13||
“I would like the option to have biological children”.|
“I want at least one other biological child for personal reasons, but it’s not actually important to me otherwise”.
|Yes||Fine either way||14||
“Ideally I would like to have another genetic child but I would also be happy to help raise a non genetic child”.|
“Both me and my partner would like children to share our genetics but if that’s not possible we want to adopt”.