Donor Conception Network

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

We are a supportive network of more than 2,000 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures and donor conceived people.

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What's happening at DC Network

Nina Barnsley, our Director, will be speaking at the event on Seminar Stage 2 Friday, 24th at 10am. We have our own virtual ‘booth’ which you can pre-book for a 1-to-1 visit to ask questions.

We are pleased to announce that we have released new Telling and Talking workshop dates for the first six months of 2022. To see all the upcoming dates and to book, click here

Some upcoming events

Aimed at
 24 Sept
Making It Real Workshop | Online
Professionals working with donor conception parents and prospective parents
 24 Sept
The Fertility Show | Online Summit
Those wanting to know more about the fertility journey
  23 Oct
Half-day Children's Group | In-person
 DCN members' children aged 8-12years
 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+).  


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