Embryo Donation: Is it the right family building option for you?

Embryo Donation: Is it the right family building option for you?

Often, when contacted by a client considering egg donation, one of the first matters we address is cost. Prospective parents come to collaborative reproduction typically after a long traveled infertility journey. Sadly, since patients are all too often self-pay, by the time they get to my office, finances are running low. Most folks assume that the legal costs associated with family building...

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Embryo Donation: It’s a Multi-Step Process

Embryo Donation: It’s a Multi-Step Process

Embryo donation, whether anonymous or between parties who know each other or were otherwise matched and might consider becoming known is a multi-step process. It is a long process with a lot of details and matters to attend to, matters that need to be addressed before the to-be-donated embryos even get to the clinic where the frozen embryo transfer is to take place. I prefer to be engaged as soon...

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Feelings of Motherhood

Someone posted a query on facebook the other day asking whether or not a woman who had conceived several times but then suffered a loss with each pregnancy could still be considered a mother. An interesting question, I thought, with so many different ways to go about answering. From a legal perspective, of course, the answer would be no, from a medical perspective, same answer. I can’t even...

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Why Your Egg Donation Agreement Should Also Address Excess Embryos

Why Your Egg Donation Agreement Should Also Address Excess Embryos

When I ask prospective parents who are hoping for a successful egg donation cycle to look ahead to having completed their family and then having to deal with excess embryos, I know I am asking what may seem like too much…it turns out, really, I’m not. Many recipients of donor eggs will end up having to make decisions about the disposition of excess (or as I like to say “residual”)...

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Much to talk about

This morning, I had a discussion with a colleague who asked me about embryo donation. She asked why we are not hearing more about this alternative family building option and asked, too, what we can do to better educate would be donors and prospective recipients. Embryo donation, either anonymous or known is a collaborative family building option that involves the donation of excess or residual...

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