If you’re a single woman and you want to have a baby, there are fertility options you can look into to help make this a reality. For example, you could consider sperm donation through a fertility clinic. At Concept Fertility, we do not recruit sperm donors, but we do liaise with reputable, dedicated sperm banks whom we have had good pregnancy/birth results. Rather than using a sperm bank, you may have a sperm donor of your own in mind, but this should be a careful consideration.
Making the decision to have a baby on your own can be daunting, so you may wish to consider counselling. At Concept Fertility, we offer implications counselling for you and your potential donor (if you have one) where you can talk through various scenarios and possibilities and ask the professionals any questions you may have.
We also offer counselling to patients undergoing IVF treatment. This is entirely safe and confidential and will give you the opportunity to discuss and understand your specific needs and ensure you are fully informed of any legal processes. Bringing a child into the world can be complicated and emotional, so speaking to a trained professional will benefit your mental health.
As well as counselling, you may also want to consider joining a support group. You may not receive medical advice from your support group, but it can help to have people to lean on who can give you some emotional guidance and just a listening ear. You will be able to share your experiences and provide mutual peer support. There are plenty of support groups available across the country so be sure to do your research and find one that is convenient to you and your location.
Single women in the UK have the same right to parenthood as others, but it’s important to receive suitable legal advice prior to any fertility treatments you wish to undergo. The legal implications of conceiving with a sperm donor can be particularly complicated in certain circumstances, so receiving legal advice should help you avoid any future problems regarding parenthood.
If you would like to discuss your fertility and potential treatment options, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with us at your earliest convenience.