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At TFP, we believe that every family is special, no matter how big or small.

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If you're a single woman and you've decided to have a baby, we'd love to help you on your way. The liberal legislation in Denmark allows us to tailor a programme to you. We have no waiting time for insemination and IVF, and our results are excellent due to our skilled staff with many years of experience. We offer advice on choosing donor sperm and all forms of modern fertility treatment. In Denmark, we can treat women up to and including 45 years of age.

For our Danish customers who have a referral from their own doctor for fertility treatment, the following applies:   


  • NO waiting time for treatment   

  • LIMITED co-payment for insemination   

  • Self-payment for sperm - This applies in all private clinics, except in the public sector.  

  • IVF co-payment - This applies in all private clinics, except in the public sector, where there is usually a long waiting time.   



The initial interview   

  

You can have the initial interview here at the clinic or virtually. The interview is non-bindin,g and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. At the same time, we will delve into your specific situation, previous fertility treatments and investigations. 

 

 


This is what you need to prepare for before the initial interview:  

 

The electronic medical record   

  

Please complete the electronic medical record.  

 

Tests and investigations


All women undergoing fertility treatment are required by law to have at least the following tests:   

  • Hepatitis B – HbsAg, Anti-HBc  

  • Hepatitis C – Anti HCV  

  • HIV – Anti-HIV 1+2  


We also want:   

  • Blood tests for TSH and TPO, rubella, chlamydia and AMH  

  • HSN (water scan). A water scan uses ultrasound to check whether the woman has a normal uterus and whether there is free passage through the fallopian tubes. We recommend HSN before insemination.   


What to consider before treatment

  

Donor sperm 


In Denmark, the law allows treatment with open and anonymous donor sperm. We have many years of experience in counselling on donor sperm. You can buy donor sperm from the sperm banks and have it delivered here to be ready for your treatment. Read more about donor sperm and buying donor sperm here. 

 

 

Nina Stork - Unexpected help for single women  


Since 1999, we have been helping single women from all over the Nordic countries and Europe who want to become parents. TFP Stork Fertility was opened by midwife Nina Stork because she wanted to make it possible for single and lesbian women to become mothers at a time when Danish law did not allow doctors to inseminate women who were not married or cohabiting with a man.  


Nina Stork chose to help single women become parents. The special story behind the clinic means that we have focused on helping single women become parents ever since.   

 

 

Cosy and safe surroundings  


When we talk to women about fertility treatment, it's important for them not to feel like patients. You're not sick because you can't create a child on your own.   


At TFP, we go to great lengths to create a warm and homely environment where you feel welcome and safe when you walk in the door.  



Choice of donor  


We have great expertise in the whole process of donor sperm selection. We work closely with sperm banks, but we have also accrued experience of the process single women go through when faced with choosing donor sperm.  


We talk to you about choosing a donor and ask, for example: How much do you want your child to know? And what you want to tell your child and the world? 

5 important questions about having a donor child

Do you want open, anonymous plus or anonymous donor?

It's entirely up to you. Nothing is more right than something else.  

  

Our advice is that what feels right for you will, in the vast majority of cases, also be best for the baby. So, the important thing is to understand the options and make up your mind.  

  

When we ask single women about their choices, we see that most choose an open donor, especially in Denmark, where there is a lot of openness about different family forms. It is often about women not wanting to limit the child.  

What will you decide yourself, and what will you leave up to the clinic?

One important thing to consider is: What will you decide for yourself? For some, it is very important to be in charge of all choices. Some want the donor to have a specific colour of hair or eyes, others are more concerned that the donor has the same values, outlook and interests, while for some, it is not important to have any say at all. However, most people have one or more wishes, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, it is important to stress that we cannot give guarantees. Even if the donor has blue eyes, the clinic can never guarantee that the child will also have blue eyes, etc. 

How should you deal with a possible hereditary disease in a donor?

We all have genetic defects. This also applies to a donor. Even though he is screened and tested for many diseases, we obviously cannot make any guarantees. But in general, the child is better off than most of the children who are born naturally because the donor is screened and tested.   

Dreaming of more than one child?

We often get the question: "How much donor sperm should I buy?" That's a hard question, because we can't know. However, you should consider early in the process whether you want your child to have full siblings: 'If all goes well, will you have more than one child? If so, is it important that it is the same donor?" This will obviously determine how much you should buy/reserve at this stage, and this applies to open, anonymous plus and anonymous donors.  

How will you tell your child that they were conceived via a donor?

What do you actually plan to tell the child? When will you tell them? We recommend that you start thinking about your child's story as soon as you decide to have a donor child. We see that some take it as it comes, some plan something they want to say, while others choose to write a diary from the first thought until they stand with a child in their arms. It can then later become a gift to the child.  

  

And don't forget... a donor child has been wanted long before coming into being. It is an option. It is the wish of the parents, and it is the wish of the donor. It is a great gift - also to be told later in life! 

Treatment with donor sperm 

 


You can buy your own donor sperm and choose from several characteristics.   

  

If you order sperm from one of the sperm banks, we will send you an invoice for registration, handling and storage when the sperm is received here. The deposit is valid for 1 year from creation, and you will be able to add up to 10 portions to your deposit a total of 2 times within that year. You will be charged this amount regardless of whether the seed is used immediately. 

Who does the sperm donation come from?


The sperm donations usually come from a sperm bank, in which they are usually stored frozen (cryopreservation).


The sperm donors are very carefully selected by the sperm banks beforehand. For example, they must be:

  • Between 18 and 38 years old

  • Completely healthy both physically and mentally – so they must not have any infectious diseases or hereditary illnesses in the family

  • Have an optimal sperm quality as well as a high sperm count.

The sperm donors receive compensation for their donations.




What are the options for sperm donation?


If you are having fertility treatment using donor sperm, there are several options available to you.


You can let us choose a donor for you based on your wishes regarding eye colour, hair colour and height. We will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes, but we cannot guarantee anything.


You can purchase donor sperm through our clinic based on your wishes regarding eye colour, hair colour and height. You will be guaranteed your wishes, and the sperm will be ready when you come for insemination. You can purchase donor sperm yourself directly from a sperm bank and choose from different characteristics.


We work closely with European Sperm Bank, but you can also order sperm from one of the other sperm banks if you wish.



How to choose your sperm at European Sperm Bank

To be able to select a donor, go to the European Sperm Bank website. We have worked closely with European Sperm Bank for many years, and they ensure a smooth process when you need to be treated with donor sperm.


To start your search for a donor, click on the link above and create a profile by clicking the "Create Free User" button. Once you have created your user, you have full access to European Sperm Bank's selection of sperm donors.

Network for single mothers and donor children


When you become a single parent via TFP, you also get the opportunity to be part of a network of single mothers who have made the same decision as you. Every year since 2006, we have celebrated children born from our clinics at the annual Stork Event in Copenhagen. The Stork Event has attracted large numbers of donor-conceived children and their mothers. This is a very special community, and it’s special for the children to see that they are not the only children of single parents. There are many different types of families. As a single parent, you will get the opportunity to meet others who are in exactly the same situation as you, and we often find that new friendships arise because of what you have in common, i.e. that you have chosen to become a single parent.


Every year in December, we would like to wish all donor-conceived children and their mothers a Happy Christmas at the clinic. This is also an opportunity to enjoy a cosy Christmas atmosphere and for children and their parents to network. The Christmas Event at the clinic is a unique opportunity to show your child where they started life. We know that this means a lot to many of our single mothers and their children.

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