Preparing for Donor Conception Parenthood

Workshops for heterosexual and lesbian couples and single women – Open to all members and non-members

One couple's experience:

'[the Preparation workshop]...was a hugely positive experience for 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 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 was the chance to meet others who are going through this and just share our thoughts, fears, knowledge and hopes…'

One single woman's experience:

'Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone!  It was great to meet other women in the same boat.  I would highly recommend to other 'thinkers', it gave me lots to think about'.


Who are they for?

These workshops are for couples - heterosexual or lesbian - or single women who have not yet conceived through donor conception (although you may have children who are not donor-conceived).  You may be contemplating egg, sperm, double or embryo donation with or without surrogacy or you may be currently having treatment.  The workshops are equally appropriate whether you plan to have treatment in the UK or abroad, with a known, identifiable or anonymous donor.  Couples will get most out of the workshop if both partners attend.  If you are single, you can come alone or are welcome to bring a family member or friend.  The maximum number on each workshop is 18.

Separate workshops for heterosexual couples and single women / lesbian couples are held.  We recognise that the needs of single women and lesbian couples can have some differences and if we have sufficient demand, we may split these workshops.  If this decision is made all workshop participants will be informed in advance.

Who runs the workshops?

Two facilitators run each workshop; a man and a woman for heterosexual couples  and two women from solo mum or lesbian couple families for those family types.  All facilitators are long-standing members of DCN, have donor-conceived children themselves, either from treatment in the UK or abroad, and in addition bring wider relevant professional and personal experience.  

What are the workshops about?

First and foremost, the workshops are a comfortable and confidential space to think about what it means to you to create or add to your family using a donor.  You may have already decided this is the path you are going to take but want to understand a bit more about the implications or you may not yet be clear that donor conception is right for you.  The workshop is a chance to gain information and to share your hopes, fears and concerns with others. This can feel daunting in prospect but the sense of release, support and solidarity gained is often seen as one of the greatest benefits.   Specialist speakers on the clinical and social and emotional aspects of donor conception will be available to discuss issues and answer your questions.  In addition two DVDs of parents and children talking about their thoughts, feelings and experiences will be shown with the opportunity for discussion afterwards.   Talking with others in small and large groups throughout the two days plus an evening meal together in a local restaurant helps to break the sense of isolation felt by so many people contemplating donor conception and friendships are often formed. 

You will receive an information pack by email in advance of the workshop.

Where and when are they?

The workshops are held over a weekend in London.  They run from 11am on the Saturday and, as an integral part of the course, include an evening meal together until around 9pm.  The workshop finishes around 2pm on the Sunday.  Lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday and refreshments are included in the price.

How much do they cost?

The 2017 cost for  DCN members              

                                     -single person        £280 or £250  early bird*

                                      -couple                 £500 or £450 early bird*

                             non DCN members       

                                      -single person       £295 or £265 early bird*

                                      -couple                 £530 or £480 early bird*

* early bird is one month before the workshop date

The fee covers venue hire, facilitators' fees and expenses, refreshments, one evening meal and 2 sandwich or soup lunches, training development and administrative costs.

One month before the workshop date we will decide whether the numbers of booked attendees are sufficient, and will either confirm or cancel.  If we cancel a full refund will be given.  Cancellations received 5 weeks before the workshop date will be refunded in full. Cancellations notified 3-5 weeks before the date will be refunded at 50%. We are unable to refund cancellations received with less than 3 weeks’ notice.

It is wise not to book travel or accommodation until we have confirmation of the numbers for each individual workshop.

How do I book?

Choose a workshop from the schedule below and check availability.  Then register your interest here: Preparation Booking Form

Use the link to the online booking form and complete it including the date you wish to book.  You will then be sent details of how to pay.  Your booking is only secure once we have received payment.  If no date is suitable, you can use the form to express interest and we will contact you when new dates are added.

Following confirmation of your booking by email, and about two weeks prior to the workshop we will ask you to complete a short survey online.  This is a requirement of your attendance, and must be completed by each person (rather than each couple).  You will also complete a short feedback form before you leave the workshop.  Anonymised evaluations from these workshops may be used in DC Network materials or for funding applications.

What if I have already conceived through donor conception?

We also run Telling and Talking workshops for parents of donor conceived children aged between 0-7.  Click here for further details.

More questions?

Just contact us by email: and we will be happy to help.



Early bird price
cut-off date



Full/Early Bird Prices (DCN Members
get discount off this price)


25-26th Feb 2017 25th Jan 2017 London Heterosexual couples £295 single or £530 couple FULL
1-2 April 2017 1st March 2017 London Heterosexual couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple FULL
6-7th May 2017 6th Apr 2017 London Single Women/ Lesbian Couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple Yes
10-11th June 2017 10th May 2017 London Heterosexual couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple Yes
9-10th Sept 2017 9th Aug 2017 London Heterosexual couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple Yes
14-15th Oct 2017 14th Sept 2017 London Single Women/ Lesbian Couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple Yes
11-12th Nov 2017 11th Oct 2017 London Heterosexual couples £295/£265 single or £530/£480 couple Yes

Alternatively, you can print a PDF of the Booking Form and send it back to us with a cheque.

Print a 2017 booking form