Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympic escape…or not?

As London prepares for the opening ceremony of the Olympics tomorrow, Walter and I will be on a train to Newcastle upon Tyne and then on to the north Northumbrian coast for four days of walking.   We are escaping. … Continue reading

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Does it matter when you tell?

I recall exactly when we started telling our eldest DI conceived child about his conception.  He was four years old and we were on holiday in France.  He crept into our bed one morning and started asking about how babies … Continue reading

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Who will look after donor conception if the HFEA goes?

This is Walter’s contribution in Bio News to the concern about the government’s current consultation on the future of the HFEA.  He tried in vain to get a more up to date comment from the Care Quality Commission. Walter Merricks … Continue reading

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The missing place at the table…

I have written before about the HFEA’s new National Donation Strategy Group and the distinguished company I am keeping in having not been appointed to it’s membership.  Now two of my fellow rejectees have written a Bio-News commentary about the … Continue reading

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Fertility education…another good reason for early telling

There was an interesting article in the Education section of The Guardian yesterday by Kate Brian whose blog Fertility Matters is always worth a read.  She was arguing that as around five children in each school class are likely to experience … Continue reading

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Thoughts on re-registration of donors and other related stuff

Some interesting stats were given out by the HFEA at a recent meeting between them  and professional stakeholders.  These are the number of enquiries with regard to information held on the Register in the year ended December 2011.  The total … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for egg-sharing

Egg-sharing is sometimes treated as the less acceptable face of gamete donation.  What is known as altruistic donation, where a woman who is not having fertility treatment herself volunteers to donate eggs to a woman she does not know, is … Continue reading

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Musings on clinic behaviour following a picnic in the park

Despite the appalling weather and the imminence of the Murray/Federer final at Wimbledon, there was a wonderful turn-out today of members of the N.London group of DC Network for a picnic in a local park.  These annual events are always … Continue reading

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Taking the leap into half-sibling land

I’ve been sent a link to a really good posting that appeared recently in the Motherlode blog in the New York Times.  It’s by an English woman, Tamsin Eva, who has lived in the US for the last twenty years and has … Continue reading

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