Monthly Archives: June 2013

What are genes?

What are genes was one of the intriguing questions posed in a very thought-provoking presentation by Professor Carol Smart at the first day of a two day conference on New Families and Genetic Identities held at the LSE in London. … Continue reading

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Reflections on thirty years of donor conception parenting

Tomorrow is the 30th birthday of our first donor conceived child – our now very adult son Will.  Apart from having yet another child pass a landmark birthday that firmly places his parents in the oldie camp, it is interesting … Continue reading

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The HFEA ‘gets it’ at last!

Some of us were left with rather bemused expressions on our faces following a meeting called by the HFEA yesterday to discuss various matters to do with donor conception.  Many of us present had been battering for years at what … Continue reading

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New talking with family and friends booklets now available

Had a brilliant evening at the Nuffield Foundation’s elegant headquarters in London last night launching the new booklets about talking with friends and family and celebrating DC Network’s 20th anniversary.  Very sadly Dame Suzi Leather was unable to be with … Continue reading

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When the past provides a guide but not an answer to the present

I have recently been approached by a counsellor who works with many people going abroad for fertility treatments including donation.  She was looking for examples of children and young people feeling comfortable about having an anonymous donor.  This is how … Continue reading

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Bulgaria blues; the foibles of filming and the fantasy of the ideal family

Had an amazing time in Bulgaria, bumbling around the country in a small bus with six friends and a guide visiting remote monasteries, ancient tombs, massive monuments, ornate churches (too many) and lovely old towns.  Of course Bulgaria is a … Continue reading

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