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The Gift Of A Child
A Guide to Donor Insemination

By Elizabeth Snowden and Robert Snowden

The Gift Of A Child
Paperback, 160 pages £17.50
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9780859894074
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Subjects: Cultural and Social Studies

This book is an easy to read book which gives clear and non-technical information about childlessness caused by male infertility, and about how this childlessness can be resolved by the use of donor insemination (DI). The book is written in a question and answer form and covers the issues raised by those seeking or undergoing DI treatment. It draws on the experience of couples whose own children were conceived by donor insemination and makes the knowledge gained by their experiences available to other childless couples.

The questions answered include: What is DI? How common is DI treatment? How successful is DI? How much does DI cost? What happens at the time of treatment? Who is responsible if the baby is handicapped at birth? Does keeping DI hidden cause any problems? How do family and friends react when told about DI? What rights does the child have concerning knowledge of DI? Will the same donor be used for a second baby? Does the donor have any legal rights concerning the child? How many times is a donor used? What records are kept of treatment?

Foreword to the Revised Edition


1. Male Infertility

2. Childlessness

3. Donor Insemination

4. The Donor Insemination Service

5. Undergoing Donor Insemination Treatment

6. The Semen Donor

7. The Couple and Donor Insemination Treatment

8. Being the Parent of a Child Conceived by Donor Insemination

9. Sharing Information About Donor Insemination Treatment

10. Children Conceived by Donor Insemination



"Informative, easy to read and understand, this book could be recommended to all couples having problems conceiving, to student midwives, student nurses, those involved in all aspects of family planning work, and to all who are interested in human fertility." (Journal of Advanced Nursing)

Robert Snowden is Professor of Family Studies in the Sociology Department of the University of Exeter and previously founder-director of the Institute of Population Studies, University of Exeter

Elizabeth Snowden is Research Assistant in the Institute of Population Studies, University of Exeter. She is a founder-member of the British Infertility Counselling Association, an Honourary Life Member of the Family Planning Association and a trustee of the Margaret Jackson Trust.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 160 pages

BIC Code:
  FAM025000, HEA041000, MED078000, MED082000, SEL000000
 University of Exeter Press


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