It is estimated that around 20,000 couples each year - in the UK alone - are unable to have children because of male infertility. This book contains clear, non-technical information about childlessness caused by male infertility, and about how this childlessness can be resolved by the use of donor insemination. About 10,000 enquiries about donor insemination treatment are made in the UK each year. Although the treatment itself is straightforward, the personal, family and social implications of having a child by donor insemination require careful consideration. This book 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. This completely revised version of the widely recommended "The Gift of a Child", first published in 1984, also incorporates information about the regulations covering donor insemination contained in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
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.