Monthly Archives: June 2011

UK clinics need to up their game

UK fertility clinics get the thumbs down from those who have experienced clinics both here and abroad.  They are expensive and do not meet the needs of users for a more personalised form of care.  These are some of the … Continue reading

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Why we should be worried about the CQC

So workers in the care home sector have signed a petition of no confidence in the Care Quality Commission, following the revelations of the BBC Panorama programme of appalling treatment of patients at the Winterbourne View hospital. Now the CQC … Continue reading

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Counselling and Going Abroad

A really hot Monday morning and I’m off to visit the Network family who have lived the longest (apart from my own family of course!) with children who are conceived both with and without donor conception…in this case, egg donation. … Continue reading

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Growing up

Riding in the car to IKEA with Zannah – who is moving out to share a flat with a friend – we talk about how she and her friends are doing.  At almost 25 she is finding that her friendship … Continue reading

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Wonderful people

We have some truly wonderful members in DC Network.   Some run local groups for others with very little support from the centre (we are a tiny office), some act as Welcomers, contacting those new members who share a fertility … Continue reading

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Music and AnonymousUS

It was a great pleasure to meet today Alana Stewart from California whose website AnonymousUS http://www.anonymousus.org/  encourages all stakeholders involved in donor conception to post their story anonymously, thereby avoiding unwelcome media attention or personal attacks from those who wish to … Continue reading

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That old debate

I have been reading a fascinating book called Nurturing Natures by Graham Music who is Consultant Child Psychotherapist and Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic in London.  For someone from this world he writes very accessibly, bringing together research … Continue reading

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What is a father?

It’s not only Father’s Day today but our son Will’s 28th birthday.  He’s coming for a meal this evening with his girlfriend and father and son will enjoy eating a lot of roast beef together and discussing work and the … Continue reading

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Intentions…I have a few

At the viewing of Donor Unknown in Oxford last night there was a donor conceived adult that Walter and I had met about twelve years ago in Australia.  She is British but was studying there when we visited the then … Continue reading

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Calling all former donors

I had a long telephone conversation with a donor conceived adult this morning.  I’ll call her Mary.  Now in early middle age, she was told of her origins a few years ago by her mother.  Apparently there had been a … Continue reading

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