Preparing for DC Parenthood

One couple's experience of a workshop

(The preparation workshop..) was a hugely positive experience for us. We'd only met (briefly) one parent of a donor conceived child before and had never met anyone in the same boat as us. Finding people who were experiencing the same issues and having the opportunity to talk to people who'd been through it and come out the other side has meant a great deal to both of us.  The videos are informative and gave us a great insight into some of the issues that are likely to come our way.  The two sessions we had on medical matters and social/psychology also gave us a great opportunity to answer many of the niggling questions that have been bugging us.  However, the main benefit wasthe chance to meet others who are going though this and just share our thoughts, fears, knowledge and hopes.

I'll be eternally grateful to the facilitators and organisers at DCN - they have done a wonderful thing.

Preparation for DC Parenthood Workshops

We are delighted to offer our 2014 programme of highly valued and popular workshops.

Who are they for?

These workshops are for those who have NOT conceived yet through donor conception, although you may have non donor conceived children.

The workshops are for couples (heterosexual or lesbian) or single women who are contemplating egg, sperm or embryo donation as a way of building or adding to a family and those who are currently having treatment. The workshops are appropriate for those having treatment in the UK or abroad. They are not appropriate for those who have already conceived. If you are part of a couple we strongly recommend that you both attend. If single, you can attend alone or you could bring a family member or friend. We will be booking no more than 18 people onto each workshop.

Experience in our pilot study has shown that single women and lesbians sometimes prefer and appreciate separate provision. We recognise that the needs of these two groups are not exactly the same, but we believe they are sufficiently different from the needs of heterosexual couples to share the specialist workshops we have added.

What are they about?

The workshops are an opportunity to gain information, hear from parents of donor conceived children and via film, the children and young people themselves, and to share experiences and stories with others contemplating family creation via donor conception.

You will hear from and be able to discuss issues important to you with experienced and qualified speakers on the clinical and psycho-social aspects of donor conception treatment and subsequent family raising. You will see two professionally made films featuring parents, children and young people in DC families talking about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. And via formal and informal small groups and sharing an evening meal together, you will have a chance to break the isolation felt by many couples and individuals contemplating donor conception.

Where and when are they, how much do they cost and what’s included?

The workshops are held over a weekend in London or Leeds. They run from 11am-6pm on the Saturday, with a break until 7pm when, as an integral part of the workshop, participants and facilitators have dinner together. This finishes around 9pm. On Sunday the workshop restarts at 9.30 and runs through to 2pm including a sandwich lunch at the end. All meals and refreshments are included in the price. Overnight accommodation can be booked near the workshop venue if required.

DC Network members get a £10 discount for each place. Some concessionary places are available. We want the workshops to be accessible to all and are not seeking to make a profit from them.

DCN Members    £215 per person or £185 per person if booked before early bird cut-off date.
Non-members    £225 per person or £195 per person if booked before early bird cut-off date.

We need a minimum of bookings to run. We will decide 4 weeks before the workshop whether it is viable and will either confirm or cancel. If we cancel a full refund will be given. A full refund is offered if you cancel your booking before this cut-off date. After that we cannot offer any refund unless we are able to fill the place.

What Next?  How do I book?

Choose a workshop from the schedule below. Then print a PDF of the Booking Form and send it back to us with a cheque. If you do not have a printer, please email or phone us with your address and we will send a booking form by post.

Following confirmation of your booking (by email If you provide one) and about a week prior to the workshop we will ask you to complete a short survey, either online or on paper if you do not have access to email. This is a requirement of your attendance. We will repeat this survey about a week after the workshop has taken place. Anonymised evaluations from these workshops may be used in DC Network material or for funding applications.


Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending a workshop. If no date is suitable, you can use the form to express interest and we will contact you if new dates are added.


Early bird price
cut-off date



Price (DCN Members
get £10 discount pp)


19-20th Oct 2013

30th Sep 2013


Heterosexual couples

£225 per person


22-23rd Feb 2014

23rd Jan 2014


Single women/lesbians

£225 per person


8-9th Mar 2014

6th Feb 2014


Heterosexual couples

£225 per person

17-18th May 2014 17th April 2014 London Heterosexual couples

£225 per person

18-19th Oct 2014 24th Sep 2014 London Single women/lesbians

£225 per person

15-16th Nov 2014 16th Oct 2014 London Heterosexual couples

£225 per person


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