Monthly Archives: April 2012

Testing the trust: telling family and friends about donor conception

Well, DCN will have the money from the Nuffield Foundation next month so my work on the two Friends and Family booklets will start in earnest then.  But I already have quite a fat folder of cuttings and downloads from … Continue reading

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Thoughts about egg donation and ‘telling’

An issue that has been rumbling about in my mind for a while came up unexpectedly at the DCN Trustee/Steering Group meeting on Saturday.  Are families where egg donation has been used to help conceive a child finding it harder … Continue reading

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All things Nuffield…and more

Last week was ridiculously busy so no time at all to blog.  Highlights were on Monday when Sharon Witherspoon, Deputy Director and soon to be Director of the Nuffield Foundation confirmed a grant of £50,000 for three, or perhaps four, … Continue reading

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God and fertility

I’m treading on ground here that I rarely trespass into…that of religious faith and assisted conception, particularly donor assisted.  Yesterday I spoke with someone on the ‘phone who had had guidance from her religious adviser that embryo donation – ‘adoption’ … Continue reading

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So what is this National Donation Strategy Group?

Just before the Easter holiday began last week the HFEA held a press conference to launch their new National Donation Strategy Group.  The headline in the Daily Telegraph the following day, “Sperm and egg donation ‘should be like giving blood” … Continue reading

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Ipseity and donor conception…what does it mean for you?

I’ve been introduced to a new word recently…ipseity.  It means ‘essence’ or ‘self’…who I feel I am inside myself.  This feels to me to be an advance on the term ‘identity’ which is better used to distinguish one person from … Continue reading

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Oz report supports need for UKDL style service

I have been looking for a peg to hang my huge concerns about the future of UK Donor Link on and the report by the Law Reform Committee of the parliament of the State of Victoria (see previous post) is … Continue reading

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