The changes in the law regards payments to sperm donors has raised awareness to the increased number of single women making positive decisions to embrace single motherhood – by choice. For this reason the London Women’s Clinic has created a new information event just for single women considering treatment using donor sperm.
The London Women's Clinic group conducts about a third of the donor insemination cycles in the UK each year; they have a wealth of knowledge and experience and also sponsor research around donor conception. There have been many studies in to the long term implications of donor conception and more studies recently looking specifically at single mothers.
Professor Susan Golombok from the Centre for Family Research, Cambridge University, found that single mothers in the UK who had used donor insemination to conceive had greater joy and pleasure in their child than married mothers whose child/ren were conceived using donor sperm.
Tracey Sainsbury, Fertility Counsellor, shared that there can be envy from other parents towards single mothers by choice, as their life is seemingly so easy. Single mothers with no ex-partner can be perceived as having no baggage, there being no one to let you down – financially, emotionally or practically. There is also plenty of time to indulge both yourself and your child. This maybe a very optimistic view, but it certainly isn’t all about hardship and negative outcomes often associated with single parenthood.
The new seminar specifically for single women is being piloted on Saturday April 28 at 10.30am. If successful it will provide a regular opportunity for single women to access wholly relevant information and to find out more about treatment choices and the support available along the way.
For more information please visit The London Women's Clinic website.
Harley Street News: 10 April 2012