Monthly Archives: November 2012

Drink, smoke, eat rubbish, conceive??

How much do life-style factors, such as diet, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption or being over or underweight impact on the ability of an individual or couple to conceive?  These were the controversial questions at the heart of Progress Educational Trust’s … Continue reading

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DCN works towards another world first

It was horrid, cold and rainy outside but on Saturday afternoon we had a lovely warm event at our house.  For just over a couple of hours about ten parents and their children between 7 and 11 sat around in … Continue reading

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How do we all feel about egg freezing?

An article about a successful pregnancy and birth of twins conceived with eggs that had been frozen for twelve years (Sunday Times 18.11.12) has prompted me to muse further about delayed child-bearing and older motherhood.  The couple in the article … Continue reading

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Are there circumstances where it is OK not to be open?

This post will be considered heresy by some, but I think it has to be talked about.  Are there circumstances in which it is OK not to be open about about donor conception?  Not only OK but actually in the … Continue reading

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Motherhood at 50 without egg donation. Really?

On the cover of the Guardian Weekend magazine today is a picture of a naked, pregnant woman.  It’s in profile with hands covering her nipples, very tasteful, very wonderful.  The miracle of birth is clearly near.  The woman is apparently … Continue reading

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Thoughts on half-siblings and different family types

I have spent part of today with one of DC Network’s long-standing members whose teenage daughter is in touch with two half-siblings.  The three young people all met by accident through the Network and over the last two or three … Continue reading

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Keeping the future of families in mind at the Fertility Show

It was great to meet with old friends in the fertility support world at the Fertility Show yesterday.  But even more rewarding were the conversations that Emily, the two Carolines’ and I had with visitors to the DC Network stand. … Continue reading

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