The initial key decisions when starting your surrogacy journey as a UK intended parent, be it domestic or overseas, largely involve:
We are very grateful to all those who have taken the time to write about their personal experiences of donor conception and issues relating to it. These stories are invaluable in helping to share common feelings around complex issues. Reading about how others have dealt with things is often very reassuring.
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Sarah Wood-Heath is a Partner at Clarke Willmott, Southampton,
one of DCN's Lawyer Supporters. With many years' experience of
both family law and specialist family law, Sarah supports clients through the legal implications of building and reating their families. You may have heard Sarah speak at one of the fertility shows or on radio
Sarah shares her story about becoming a mum through egg donation from a family friend and how that has shaped her connection with her kids as well as the donor and her family.
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Hi, I’m Carly.
My Mum had me through shared embryo donation. This is my story so far.
"... we had conversations quite early on about having children one day but first we wanted to enjoy life as a couple, build our careers, travel and enjoy life. Then my sister had kids and they were a wonderful addition to our family. I loved spending time with them and I realised how much our families meant to us and how much I wanted children."
Growing up I have always known that I was donor conceived. We were always very open about it in my family and had talks about it whenever it occupied my mind in different stages of childhood. I have always felt like the most wanted child on the planet.
"For those men considering using donor sperm who are worried about whether they will bond with their donor conceived children. For those men with fears that their kids will consider them a fraud."