Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weddings, babies and blood donation?

The wedding was really lovely.  A civil ceremony held in a grand but rather shabby chic country house outside of Winchester. Most of the words used in the marriage ceremony were written by the bride and groom and had the … Continue reading

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My very last word on ‘difference’

I promise this is my very last post on ‘difference’ – a topic that has been preoccupying me for longer than it should.  It’s part of the chapter that I’ve been writing today.  If anyone has any reflections to offer … Continue reading

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The writing process…and what makes a good parent

I’ve started to write my booklet for families with at least one child conceived without donor help and at least one other – often twins – conceived with the help of a donor.   It’s for people when they are … Continue reading

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Poland here I come!

In the UK these days most people take it for granted that it is in the interest of children and the whole family that children should be told about their origins by donor conception…and as early as possible.  Reports from … Continue reading

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Respect matters for donors

At last it seems as if there is a shift to understanding that increasing donor recruitment in the UK means changing the culture to one where sperm, as well as egg donors, are treated with respect.  And as Kriss Fearon, … Continue reading

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Difference, stigma and children’s language

We had a lovely weekend away and meeting up with a DCN member, I’ll call her Susie, was a special part of that.  She and her husband have a daughter conceived with the help of IVF and then, following premature … Continue reading

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Sport and work

Just off for a sporty weekend in Hampshire.  Walter is taking part in tennis coaching and I will be swimming lengths and knackering myself in the gym.  Also taking the opportunity to meet up with a member with a mixed … Continue reading

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