Category: Egg Donation

Embryo Donation: A Closer Look at This Family Building Option

If you are undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), your doctor will try to safely produce as many eggs as possible for fertilization and hopefully, pregnancy. One to two embryos will be implanted per attempt and if any are left over, frozen (cryopreserved) and stored for future use. According to the non-profit National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), there are over 625,000 cryopreserved...

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Remembering the Other Mother

This mother's day I was reflecting on my infertility journey and how I became a mother. My daughter, Grace, was born because of the kindness of an egg donor. I will never be able to meet her or thank her because she was an anonymous donor. I thought a lot about her. I knew things like she had the same...

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The Library of Congress Misses the Mark with New Donor Subject Heading Addition

The Library of Congress (LC) recently announced that they were adding a subject heading to their catalog entitled, "Children of sperm donors". What is the importance of this announcement? It is the first time there has been an official acknowledgement from a well-known and recognized library institution that children conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor warrant their own...

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The Ongoing Discussion Around Reproductive Rights

The Chicago Tribune just released the results of a survey done by the independent,

non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. They polled approximately 1,200 women and asked them their views on reproductive programs in the United States.

The results of the survey offered some interesting themes. The first was "about one third of American women believe there is a broad effort...

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Transitioning from IVF to a Donor Egg Cycle

The decision to move on from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to a donor egg IVF cycle is a very personal one. You may see your funds running out, with no clear understanding of why IVF is not working for you. Some women in this situation may have gone through three cycles of IVF or more without success. Others may be...

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Grafting a New Branch Onto the Family Tree: Let’s Begin with Language

Words are powerful. Anyone who has ever had a friend or family member adopt a child knows how important it is to use what is commonly known as "Positive Adoption Language." Adoptive parents bristle if you say to them, "What do you know about her real parents?" or "Do you know why she was put up for adoption?" Although trying...

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