This workshop will provide information about the medical, legal, psychological and social/emotional implications of donor conception treatment and subsequent family raising. There will also be opportunities for participants to meet together in small groups to talk about personal stories, thoughts and feelings, and to meet with people who are already parents of donor conceived children.
The workshop will take place over the course of two consecutive Saturdays - 3 October 2009 and 10 October 2009 - and attendance is required on both days. The workshop is appropriate for those having treatment in the UK or abroad, but is not appropriate for those who have already conceived. If those wishing to attend are part of a couple, then it is strongly recommend that the couple attends. If those wishing to attend are single, then they can either attend alone or bring a family member or friend. Note that while heterosexual/lesbian couples and single women are all welcome at this particular workshop, similar workshops aimed aimed specifically at lesbian couples and single women are taking place on 7 November 2009 and 24 April 2010.
The workshop is subsidised by a grant from the Department of Health, but there is an attendance fee of £30 with a concessionary rate of £15. This covers refreshments and one year's membership of the Donor Conception Network (for those not already members). To register, complete this form (.pdf 494KB) and post it to 'Preparation for Parenthood Workshops, 32 Cholmeley Crescent, London N6 5HA, UK', or contact the Donor Conception Network at or on +44 (0)020 8245 4369.
Find out more about fertility/embryology regulation in Human Fertilisation and Embryology: Reproducing Regulation, coedited by BioNews Contributing Editor Dr Kirsty Horsey (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA); and find out more about genetics in The Rough Guide to Genes and Cloning, coauthored by BioNews Contributing Editor Dr Jess Buxton (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA).