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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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 this is the section of the website for you. You may have used sperm, egg, double or embryo donation to conceive and possibly also a surrogate. Whereever you have had treatment (in the UK or abroad) we are here to support you and your family.

The Our Story series of books for young children (up to the age of about 7yrs) explain in a simple, age-appropriate way the story of how a child was conceived. Have a look in our SHOP. And we regularly run Telling and Talking workshops to support parents.

Our Telling and Talking series of books give lots of help and information on they why, when and how of talking to children and our Telling and Talking workshops are great opportunities to get confident with talking about your family story. Again have a look in our SHOP to find all the books suited to your family situation.

If you have older children 12yrs+ who you haven't told yet we can help explore with you whether that might be possible Telling Older Children and Adults.

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Looking for support? Feeling alone?

If you are contemplating donor conception or are having treatment we have lots of support and information for you. We can help you think through some of the questions you might have; just click on the family situation that fits.

You might be a heterosexual couple, a single woman or single man, or a lesbian couple or gay couple. You might be considering egg, sperm, double or embryo donation. You might be considering treatment at a UK clinic, or abroad or in a private arrangement. Perhaps you already have a child who was conceived without help and are now thinking about donor conception. Whatever your situation we are here to support you.

Our Preparation for Parenthood workshops and Thinking Things Through sessions are designed for anyone at this stage up to the point of conception.

Read some of our Personal Stories here and the Letter to would-be parents appropriate for your personal situation here.

And sign up for membership to receive more benefits and opportunities for contact with others SIGN UP HERE


Calling donor-conceived 18-30 year olds for a research study