Published findings of studies completed with the participation of DC Network members
Sample / Audience
Anonymity and the move to openness
Donor conceived people
The Transformation of Anonymity in Gamete Donation
While it has been argued that anonymity in gamete donation has been brought to an end by legal changes and technological developments, Amelie Baumann suggests that this is in fact still in transformation. By focusing on the narratives of those who were conceived with anonymously donated gametes in the UK and Germany, she examines this transformative process and the role which donor-conceived persons play in it.
The Circumstances of Pregnancy questionnaire: ensuring its relevance and acceptability to today's generation of new mothers.
Review of a questionnaire used in UK maternity services and the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. The changes reflect the changing views and circumstances of pregnant women in the UK and further afield.
A review of the Donor Conception Network's Our Story books
This study conducted a cross-sectional survey with DCN members and non-members to evaluate the use of the Our Story book range in terms of parent/s and children confidence in their donor conception story.
Curious Connections: The Impact of Donating Egg and Sperm on Donors' Everyday Life and relationships
This study explored how donating eggs or sperm impacts on the everyday lives and relationships of donors. It reviewed the UK policy context to donation and the rights and obligations of donors and their families. It also looked at how egg and sperm donors negotiate donation within their everyday lives and relationships.
Bravo-Moreno, Ana. 2021. "The Intersection of Reproductive, Work-Life Balance and Early-Education and Care Policies: ‘Solo’ Mothers by Choice in the UK and Spain" https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10120458Social Sciences 10, no. 12: 458.
Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: An interdisciplinary study
This study (‘EDNA’ for short) explored the social, political, economic and moral configuration of
egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain, providing a more holistic understanding of how egg
donation is experienced, organised and regulated across the three countries.
See Jai's blog, regularly updated with publications and more. The film resulting from the project can be viewed here.
Self-reported physical health status of donor sperm-conceived adults
This study compared the self-reported health outcomes for adults conceived through donor sperm (n=272) and those conceived naturally. There were higher reports of some health conditions in the donor-sperm conceived group, including for type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, acute bronchitis, allergies, sleep apnoea and having ear tubes/grommets surgically implanted.