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 2016 cost for DCN members: £240 or £200 early bird*
non DCN members: £255 or £215 early bird*
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. You may also obtain a full refund if you cancel your booking before this cut-off date. After that we cannot guarantee a refund. Cancellations (unless we have cancelled the workshop) will incur an administration fee.
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.
Just contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Early bird price
Full/Early Bird Prices (DCN Members
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||Yes|
|15-16th Oct 2016||15th Sept 2016||London||Single Women/ Lesbian Couples||Yes|
12-13th Nov 2016
|12th Oct 2016||London||Heterosexual couples||Yes|
Alternatively, you can print a PDF of the Booking Form and send it back to us with a cheque.