Thinking Things Through one to one sessions for lesbian couples
A unique opportunity to explore what’s involved in creating a family with donated gametes
One couple's experience:
“The facilitator was fantastic with approachability and we both felt very supported.”
Who are the sessions for?
DCN Thinking Things Through one to one sessions are specifically designed for lesbian couples who are thinking about having a family through donor conception and who have not yet conceived. The session is run by an experienced facilitator via Skype or Facetime at a mutually agreed time. It may be possible to arrange a face to face session depending on your location. It's really important that both members of a couple attend in order to get maximum benefit. The session facilitator will be a long-standing member of DCN, have donor-conceived children themselves, and in addition bring wider relevant professional and personal experience. Our Thinking Things Through sessions are different to clinic implications counselling and we would recommend taking up any offers of counselling from your clinic if appropriate. They are open to members and non-members of DC Network although members get a discount so you might want to consider joining to get the additional benefits of DCN membership.
What are the sessions about?
The sessions will be guided by your priorities and our experience of topics that couples commonly find helpful. Here are some examples that you may wish to cover:
What it means to create your family using a donor.
You may have decided already that this is the path you are going to take but want to understand more about how this will impact you and others, or you may still be wondering about how to make a decision.
What it means for the non-birth mother.
Dealing with family reactions and how to gain support. How to talk about it - language and terminology can be confusing.
How to choose a donor and the implications of both known and unknown donors and where co-parenting agreements might be useful.
Thinking about being a same sex family, and how donor conception fits into this in the long term.
How long are the sessions and where are they held?
The main Thinking Things Through session will last two hours via Skype/Facetime to allow flexibility and accessibility. An optional follow-up half an hour session by Skype/Facetime is included. This follow-up session gives you the opportunity to talk over any further questions and reflections from your first session and can be requested any time up to a month after the first session.
The date and time is arranged between you and the facilitator to suit you all. If you would prefer a face to face main session (location dependent) this can be discussed with the facilitator and would require an additional payment to cover any venue hire and travel expenses.
How much do they cost?
The total cost of the main session and follow up is £270 for DCN members or £300 non-members. If the main session is face to face, then there is an additional fee of £50 to cover the additional venue hire.
How do I book?
If you would like to book a session, please click on the link below and we will be in touch.
Terms and Conditions of booking
For a full list of our terms and conditions, please click here.
What if I have already conceived through donor conception?
We also run Telling and Talking workshops for all parents of donor conceived children aged between 0-7 years. Click here for further details.
Just contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.