Preparing for DC Parenthood

One couple's experience of a workshop

I was concerned about how I would feel discussing some of the most private and painful experiences of my life with complete strangers. In fact, this has been one of the most useful and reassuring things I have done in the last four years.I feel more confident about what we are doing and that my fears and concerns are very normal. If we are lucky enough to have a child through donor conception, then I think we will be just fine.

One single woman's experience of a workshop

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 of good food for thought.

Preparation for DC Parenthood Workshops

We are delighted to offer our 2016 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 generally prefer and appreciate separate provision. We recognise that the needs of these two groups are not exactly the same and we are piloting running a separate lesbian couples workshop. If there is insufficient demand, we may combine the October workshops.

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 occasionally other locations. 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 9.30am and runs through to 2pm including a light 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 £15 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 and have held our prices for 2016.

DCN Members    £240 per person or £200 per person if booked before early bird cut-off date.
Non-members    £255 per person or £215 per person if booked before early bird cut-off date.

We need a minimum of bookings to run. We will decide a month before the workshop whether it is viable 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.

What Next?  How do I book?

Choose a workshop from the schedule below. Then use this link to register your interest Preparation workshop booking

Following confirmation of your booking (by email) 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. You will also complete a survey after the workshop. Anonymised evaluations from these workshops may be used in DC Network material or for funding applications.

Dates for 2016 are now released.   If no date is suitable, you can use the form (link above) to express interest and we will contact you if and when new dates are added.


Early bird price
cut-off date



Full/Early Bird Prices (DCN Members
get £15 discount pp off this price)


27-28th Feb 2016

27th Jan 2016 London Heterosexual couples £255  per person FULL
7-8th May 2016 7th Apr 2016 London Single Women/ Lesbian Couples £255  per person FULL

11-12th Jun 2016

11th May 2016 London Heterosexual couples £255  per person FULL

10-11th Sept 2016

10th Aug 2016 London Heterosexual couples £255/£215  per person Yes
15-16th Oct 2016 15th Sept 2016 London Single Women/ Lesbian Couples £255/£215  per person Yes

12-13th Nov 2016

12th Oct 2016 London Heterosexual couples £255/£215  per person Yes

Alternatively, you can 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 can send a booking form by post.

Print a 2016 booking form