Monthly Archives: January 2013

FF…a fertility business?

As from last night I have the dubious honour of being banned from the infertility/fertility forum Fertility Friends.  My crime is not that of flaming at another poster but that from time to time I give information about DC Network … Continue reading

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Getting it right for the children means getting it right for the parents first

The Anatomy Theatre at University of London’s medical school was the venue for Progress Educational Trust’s event on donor conception: the recipient perspective last night.  My fantasy that it would be obvious where ‘the body’ usually lay was not realised … Continue reading

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The HFEA lives on

Excellent news from the Department of Health this morning regarding the future of the HFEA – Taking all views into consideration, the Department has decided, on balance, not to pursue a transfer of functions to the Care Quality Commission and … Continue reading

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Debate on donor choice: Woman’s Hour 23rd January

I’m not quite sure why but Progress Educational Trust has chosen to put the spotlight on donor choice for its second When It Takes more Than Two event The Recipient Perspective on Thursday 24th January.  Anyway, Woman’s Hour on Radio … Continue reading

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Who are the ‘new’ egg donors?

What are we to make of the fact that so many UK fertility clinics now have an abundance, not to say a surfeit, of egg donors.  At a recent meeting of Progress Educational Trust focusing on donors, it was said … Continue reading

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Passport office mistake turns parents’ hair grey

I don’t know if many of you parents of donor conceived children have tried applying for a passport for your child recently, but if you do there is currently some very misleading information on the website of the Gov.UK Guide … Continue reading

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Musings on the people behind statistics

Some interesting stats have emerged from the HFEA Opening the Register section.  Apparently in 2012 181 people applied for information held on the register.  There were 99 parents, 63 donors, 14 donor conceived people (post 1991) and 5 pre 1991 … Continue reading

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