Join DC Network to have contact with others who have faced all the social, emotional and practical questions and issues around donor conception before you. Sign up for a Preparing for Donor Conception Parenthood workshop.
We do not recommend particular clinics either inside or outside the UK. All fertility clinics providing donor conception treatment in the UK are licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. They conform to very high standards of care that are monitored by the HFEA and considerable information about individual clinics is provided on their web site. Outside of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, no other country has such high level regulation and monitoring of fertility treatment.
DC Network is a membership organisation that provides support, guidance and information to parents and would-be parents of donor conceived children and to donor conceived adults. See the About Us section of the website for full details of our approach, benefits of membership, and who should join.
Donor conception means that eggs, sperm or embryos or both eggs and sperm (double donation) from donors are used to help with conception when one or both partners in a heterosexual couple are infertile. It can also be used to aid family building for women without a male partner and lesbian couples. The web site of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is a very good source of authoritative information about all fertility procedures involving donated eggs and sperm .
Yes. Join the Network to be put in touch with the most appropriate group within the organization, have a Contact List of people you can ‘phone or email, use our private members forum, come to local and national meetings and attend one of our workshops.
We cannot help directly with the recruitment of egg or sperm donors. We can, however, provide you with information that may be helpful in looking for a donor. The HFEA lists all the UK licensed clinics that offer fertility treatment. Many of them recruit sperm and egg donors themselves or have links to egg and sperm banks to patients requiring donor conception.
Yes. Fertility treatment in each country in the world is governed by different laws and regulations. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in the UK provides the legal and regulatory framework for UK treatment, but if conception takes place outside of the UK then none of the provisions of this Act apply; for instance, children conceived abroad cannot have their names on the HFEA register, even if sperm or eggs from the UK were exported to contribute to treatment.
Research has shown that children can receive with ease any information if it is given to them in an age appropriate way by people who are comfortable and confident with the information they are conveying. See our document Why Openness about Donor Conception is Good for Children and the Whole Family and sections within each family grouping about Openness and Telling.
DC Network is mostly funded by membership subscriptions and the sale of publications. We are in receipt of occasional grants from government departments and other funding bodies. We are a registered charity, No: 1041297 and our accounts are available to view on the web site of the Charity Commission.
We run two sorts of workshops, both currently subsidised by funding from the Department of Health. The first is called Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood and is for couples and individuals who are thinking about using donated eggs or sperm for family building or have decided to go ahead with treatment but want to know more. The second workshop is called Telling and Talking and is for parents of children under seven to help them share origins information with their children and others.