Advice & Support: Professional Finder
This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.
Embryo Donation International, P.L., (EDI) started performing embryo donation in 2001 through Specialists In Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, P.A., (SRMS). It became clear that the types embryo donation programs available to patients in the U.S. and overseas were quite limited and we wanted to expand the opportunities for patients. We separated from SRMS expanding our program in 2011. EDI is one of the longest running and most experienced embryo donation facilities in the U.S.A.
Embryo Donation International’s mission is encourage embryo donation while reducing the number of cryopreserved embryos discarded or abandoned, help to match patients to embryos in a fair and ethical fashion while trying to provide the largest selection of donated embryos we can to patients wanting to build families. We are a full-service cost-effective embryo donation center serving embryo donors and recipients with care and compassion regardless of race, religion, ancestry, sexual preference or marital status.
Our philosophy not based on religion but is based the ethical belief that embryos deserve a heightened level of respect and a chance, wherever possible, at life. Likewise, we feel that patients with few other options deserve a chance to become parents though embryo donation.
Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc (CLI), founded 40 years ago as the first US sperm bank, offers superior donor sperm and sperm banking services, including sperm storage and embryo storage. CLI is one of the highest quality sperm banks; accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and fully compliant with FDA regulations.
Cynthia E. Fruchtman has practiced as an attorney in California since 1986. Ms. Fruchtman is rated A-V by Martindale Hubbell, a testament to the fact that other lawyers and judges rank Ms. Fruchtman at the highest possible level of professional excellence, ability and ethics.
One of Ms. Fruchtman's key practice areas is Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) law, representing gamete (sperm or egg) and embryo donors, surrogates, recipients, intended parents, agencies and medical practices in all aspects of ART, including donation and surrogacy agreements, pre-birth judgments and posthumous reproduction contracts. Ms. Fruchtman's law practice also includes civil litigation and employment law, which has been useful to donors and recipients who require assistance with issues such as leaves of absence, job retention, and benefits.
A former cytogeneticist, Ms. Fruchtman has a firm grounding in the need for clear and explicit agreements and for maintaining active communication and building trust and rapport in the relationships between and among the parties. She works collaboratively with the other professionals to ensure the safe, orderly and timely transitions required for creating families using ART.
Ms. Fruchtman has written and spoken extensively at many legal and medical conferences on ART-related issues. Ms. Fruchtman is the reviewer of the 2009 parentage chapter of Practice Under the California Family Code and the author of many ART related articles, including “Coping With Leave Laws”, "The Facts of Life: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Child Care Leave Laws for Litigators", “Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction", “Considerations in Surrogacy Contracts”, and “Ethical Aspects of Genetic Testing".
Ms. Fruchtman has also worked with the California legislature regarding pending regulation in this area, both individually and as a member of the Academy of California Adoption Attorneys/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers (ACAL/ACFFL) and of various bioethics committees on which she serves, including the Joint Bioethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association/Los Angeles County Medical Association as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s bioethics committee, which she co-chaired.
Ms. Fruchtman is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), particularly the ABA’s Family Law Section's Committee on Reproductive & Genetic Technology, and is a frequent speaker at various ABA functions. She is also a member of the California Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and its Legal Professionals Group.
Ms. Fruchtman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court Bar, all courts in the State of California, and the Federal District Court of Arizona. Ms. Fruchtman has also been admitted to practice before the courts of many other states on a case-by-case basis.
One of the first acupuncturists in America to specialize in Women’s Health and Infertility, Danica Thornberry has helped over 1,000 women conceive healthy babies. Her first book, "Stick It To Me Baby," with a foreword written by IVF pioneer Dr. Richard Marrs, will be published in early 2015.
Since 2001, she has worked alongside the top fertility specialists in Los Angeles, has appeared on Lifetime TV’s Speaking of Women’s Health, and received an Award of Excellence in Family Building from Resolve Infertility, a nationally recognized infertility support group. She is the founder of Well Woman Acupuncture in Los Angeles and created The Seed Fertility Program, a successful online fertility course that teaches women very specific ways of thinking and eating differently to get to their healthy babies. Danica lives in Southern California with her two children, Kira and Jack, who were conceived naturally, despite all the odds being stacked against them.