Donor Conception Network
Parent led: child focused. Supporting donor conception families for 30 years
We're a supportive charity network of over 2,200, mainly UK-based, families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those thinking about or undergoing donor conception procedures and donor conceived people.
What's happening at DC Network
Some upcoming events
Considering egg, sperm, double or embryo donation?
Looking for information or support? Feeling alone?
If you are contemplating donor conception or are having treatment, whether in the UK or abroad (whatever kind of donor you are using) we are here to offer support and information. We can help you think through your questions and concerns; just click on the section below that fits to get details aimed more specifically at you and your situation. If you are at the early stages you might want to attend a webinar to get an overview of donor conception and what to consider. Our professionally run, facilitated Destination Parenthood workshops provide more in-depth and focussed spaces to explore your hopes and fears and share with others at a similar stage. Feedback from these workshops is extremely positive and we know they can be transformative.
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Connection with others
They say it takes a village to raise children. Well, sometimes it takes a village to help you even contemplate that journey.
Books and resources
We have a number of books and resources that can help you.
Workshops and Webinars
Already parents? Looking for help with telling your child?
If you are pregnant or already have children of any age conceived through donor conception then we have lots of resources as well as support and information for you and your family.
If you would like a dedicated opportunity to explore how to start the conversation with your children about how they were conceived you might like to attend one of our Telling and Talking workshops.
If you are looking for books to support 'telling' have a look in our bookshop and choose the section that fits your situation best. We have a range of books for children called 'Our Story' and a series for parents called 'Telling and Talking' which cover developmental stages (0-7yrs, 8-12yrs and 12yrs+).
If you have older children (12yrs+) or adult children who you haven't told yet we can help explore that and offer support Telling Older Children and Adults
Articles and News
‘If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a long time and are not yet lucky enough to have the baby you long for, then this time of year can trigger a range of painful feelings. It can be a heart breaking reminder of your lack of a baby, or a second child that you’ve always wanted.’
"Anest Mathias, Family Solicitor at law firm TV Edwards, often advises on
issues around the use and legal parenthood of frozen embryos when couples separate. Here she explains the complexities that can arise in different scenarios and strongly recommends that both parties seek specialist legal advice and counselling"
Presentation to Stakeholders about Need for Family Limits in Donor Conception (blog.janarupnowtherapy.com)
‘Connecting with sibling groups can be a positive experience … But having positive aspects with sibling groups doesn’t mean it is not also challenging. Navigating large same-donor sibling relationships is complex and comes with a mixture of psychological and social challenges.’
‘I’m what happens when a woman needs to become a mother, and a man needs $200…’
Free DCN leaflet on known donation: ‘Closer Connections - When the egg, sperm or embryo donor is someone you know'
‘A known donor may be:
• a family member
• a friend or an acquaintance
• somebody met through an agency, website or social media site specifically set up to help with finding donors willing to be known to recipients
What they all have in common is that from the beginning the recipient knows at least some personal details about their donor, and often a great deal more …’