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Shame and fear of DC parents needs empathy not ridicule

I am aware that I spend a lot of my time preaching to the converted.  I don’t think anyone who subscribes to this blog believes that it is in the interests of children that they are not told about being … Continue reading

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Pennings is wrong: Telling is in the best interests of donor conceived children

What can I say about Guido Pennings and his insistence that there is no evidence that it is better to tell children that they are donor conceived than not.  There seems to be a perversity about the man that leads … Continue reading

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We need new words for new kinds of relatedness

I am inspired to write today by the erudite Andrew Solomon whose article in the Guardian on Monday wondered just why it is that we are still trying to shoehorn modern family relationships into a language lexicon that limits us … Continue reading

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Updated guidance on ‘telling’ for parents of donor conceived adults

It has taken a long time to complete but I am pleased to say that the updated Telling and Talking 17+ booklet is now available from DC Network.  It took so long because I wanted to go back and talk … Continue reading

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Time for UK fertility clinics to Step Up

Last week I attended Progress Educational Trust’s evening debate about Add-Ons in fertility treatment.  These are the mostly unproven additions to treatment protocols like intralipids, assisted hatching, endometrial scratch and many others.  It was a fascinating evening in many ways, … Continue reading

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Come on Archers, when is Henry going to be ‘told’

Once again The Archers (sorry overseas readers, see explanation below) is tackling the topic of miscarriage.  In 2014 it was Ruth Archer with a baby conceived at age 46.  This time it is Kirsty, left-at-the-altar but nevertheless pregnant by ex-fiance … Continue reading

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What parents of un-told DC adults need to know

I have just finished the first draft of a mostly re-written updating of the booklet Telling and Talking 17+.  This is intended for parents of donor conceived adults to support and help them tell their ‘children’ in the best way … Continue reading

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