Donor Conception Network

Parent led: child focused. Supporting donor conception families for over 25 years

We're a supportive charity network of over 2,000, mainly UK-based, families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those thinking about or undergoing donor conception procedures and donor conceived people.

What's happening at DC Network

Baffled by medical jargon at your clinic or online? Unsure about what all the fertility treatments are? Confused by expensive Add-ons? Wondering who the donors are and why they donate? Thinking about the questions you should ask your clinic? Wishing you had an expert to ask?

This can be a confusing time with thoughts and feelings, ranging from fear to excitement running through your heads. If you don’t know where to start, would like to know more or would like a steer on the questions you should be asking, join this webinar.

Some upcoming events

Date
Event
Aimed at
Link
 16 Oct
Telling & Talking Workshop 0-7 | In-person
Heterosexual couples who are parents to donor-conceived children aged 0-7 years
 23 Oct
Half-day Children's Group | In-person
DCN members' children aged 8-12 years
  30 Oct
Choices & Challenges Webinar | Online
 Heterosexual couples thinking about using egg, sperm or embryo donation
  01 Nov
DCN Chat | Online
 Men in same-sex couples and single men
  13 Nov
Ask an Expert: Fertility treatment with egg, sperm or embyro donation | Online
Webinar for all family & donation types that have not yet conceived via donor conception
  30 Nov
Choices & Challenges Webinar | Online
 Single women thinking about using sperm, double or embryo donation
 23 Apr '22
DCN National Conference | In-person
DC families and prospective families, focussed on DC topics

Considering egg, sperm, double or embryo donation? 

Looking for information or support? Feeling alone?

If you are contemplating donor conception or are having treatment, whether in the UK or abroad (whatever kind of donor you are using) we are here to offer support and information. We can help you think through your questions and concerns; just click on the section below that fits to get details aimed more specifically at you and your situation.

If you are at the early stages you might want to attend a Choices and Challenges Webinar to get an overview of donor conception and what to consider.

Choices and Challenges

Our professionally run, facilitated Preparation Workshops provide more in-depth and focussed spaces to explore your hopes and fears and share with others at a similar stage. Feedback from these workshops is extremely positive and we know they can be transformative.

Preparation for Parenthood

Already parents? Looking for help with telling your child?

If you are pregnant or already have children of any age conceived through donor conception then we have lots of resources as well as support and information for you and your family.

If you would like a dedicated opportunity to explore how to start the conversation with your children about how they were conceived you might like to attend one of our Telling and Talking workshops.

Telling and Talking

If you are looking for books to support 'telling' have a look in our bookshop and choose the section that fits your situation best. We have a range of books for children called 'Our Story' and a series for parents called 'Telling and Talking' which cover developmental stages (0-7yrs, 8-12yrs and 12yrs+).  

Bookshop

If you have older children (12yrs+) or adult children who you haven't told yet we can help explore that and offer support Telling Older Children and Adults