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Egg Donation, Surrogacy and the Internet Age

4 May

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of “thank you for calling me back” which surprises me each time I hear it. To me it’s important to talk to people – actually talk face-to-face – about egg donation, gestational surrogacy, and other aspects of third party reproduction that affect so many people every day.   Center for Egg Options, Illinois is a donor and surrogacy agency founded on a core belief of helping,  so it’s hard to believe there are some agencies who don’t return calls.

Ah! Let’s chalk it all up to the evolution of egg donation and surrogacy in the Internet Age. Back in the day, when we opened our program in 2000, we had conversations in person. Imagine that! We actually scheduled appointments to meet intended parents to give them choices, information, and support for their searches. Now so many responses and discussions are handled via email, or sometimes by video chat, that it’s the rare occasion that we have those old in office meetings and we miss it!

We do appreciate how much technology has helped agency programs evolve in very sophisticated ways, like enabling us to share egg donor information on password protected web sites. This kind of advancement makes it easy for someone out of the agency’s geographic location to participate, or for someone who is more comfortable taking these first steps behind the computer wall rather than in person.

Regardless of whether you are downloading our online Gestational Surrogate Form, or Egg Donor Form, or contributing to a thread on our Facebook discussions, it’s important to me and CEO that you know we are here for you. Technology can be a great friend but it can never replace real life experiences. So our door is always open if you want to have a coffee while discussing your family plans. Your phone message will always be returned. And you will always be our priority. You have our word on it!

Best wishes,
Nancy Block

“Through our relationships, we help create families.”

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Fertility Treatment: Insurance Coverage a Right or Privilege?

7 Feb

This morning Fox News aired a debate about whether health insurance policies should cover fertility issues, an issue we feel very strongly about.   As Risa A. Levine, JD of Resolve: National Infertility Association says in the clip below, I believe it’s a right for ANY human being to have children and if they need extra help insurance should cover some expenses as many do for adoption already.   I’m a nurse, an egg donor recruiter, and surrogacy recruiter  and in the past 26 years I’ve seen so many happy families that begin with reproductive science.

We are lucky enough to do business in Illinois, a state where insurance will pay for some assisted reproductive technology, and many of our clients will have some coverage for egg donor cycles.     We all deserve this!

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Please leave us a comment or post your questions after the clip.

Quiz: Egg Donor Myths and Misconceptions

19 Nov

Are you looking for the answer to our EGG411 Fertility Quiz shared through PitchEngine?
Here they are!  How did you score?  How did your friends score?  Did you learn anything new?   As always, we love hearing from you so please take a moment to let us know what other questions you  might have.

Click here if you’d like to read the original quiz and text regarding our Cycle Saver Program.  It’s meant for sharing, so share away!

Misconceptions and myths surround the process of egg donation and fertility in general.  Take our EGG411 quiz to test your own knowledge, then check your answers on CEO’s “The Big (F)ertility Blog.”

1. An egg donor must have a valid social security identification number.  True or False.

True: She must have a registered social security number and be very committed to the egg donation process. It is essential that our donors be in stable relationships or not sexually active with multiple partners to minimize the risk of transmitting diseases. An egg donor CANNOT be using any illegal drugs OR be a smoker.  She must be in good health, both physically and emotionally. Her height and weight must be proportionate.

2. An ideal egg donor should be between the ages of 21-30.  True or False.

True: The ideal egg donor is a healthy, non-smoking female between the ages of 21-30. While not mandatory, it is preferable that the candidate has had at least one healthy pregnancy prior to donation.

3. In the last 20 years, infertility issues have increased three-fold.  True of False.

True: Infertility has increased three-fold in the last 20 years fueling the assisted reproductive technology (ART) demands on those that specialize in the area of helping people become pregnant and build their families. The Center For Egg Options Illinois has been recruiting, screening and successfully matching egg donors for 10+ years and is proud to be known for its hands-on team approach.

4. There is no limit placed on the number of eggs a woman may donate in her lifetime. True or False.

False:  The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends that any one woman donate eggs no more than 6 times in a lifetime.

5. Embryo transfers take place after 3-5 days of lab maturation.  True or False?

True: Your transfer will take place when your embryos have matured in the lab for either 3 or 5 days. This decision is up to you, your physician and your embryologist.

Best wishes,
Nancy Block

Through our relationships, we help create families.

The Origins of our “Cycle Saver” Program

13 Nov

There are three things that my friends and colleagues know about me.

  1. My motto is: what goes around, comes around.
  2. “Miracle on 34th Street” is a favorite movie of mine.
    (Can’t wait until Thanksgiving to watch it!)
  3. I believe in the “Macy’s-Gimble’s” way of helping people.

I went to nursing school because helping people is where my heart lies, and I started my egg donor and surrogate program from my RN perspective.  There have been many times when I thought an education in business would have helped me to manage CEO and the complexities of this very specialized type of helping, but I don’t think so anymore because we – the CEO team and I – really put ourselves in our clients’ shoes every single day.  We approach fertility from every conceivable angle: the physical, emotional, and financial realities of what egg donation and/or surrogacy is all about.   I like to think that’s more about the RN than the MBA.

Still, anyway you look at this process it’s expensive. We get that! Savings are drained even when this process is successful.  In some states, insurance will pay for the medical end of the cycles which can range from $10,000 to $15,000.  Even with insurance coverage you’ll need to add donor compensation, agency fees, legal representation, insurance for the donor, travel costs if needed, etc.  Like I said, it’s expensive.

This is exactly why I created the reduced fees Cycle Saver Program. It’s a way to help our clients with the financial challenges inherent in the process because, after looking around, I honestly don’t know of a program that reduces fees for those who are trying again after having already gone through multiple cycles resulting in a pregnancy and delivery.  I also don’t want to penalize those who worked with another agency.   The Cycle Saver gives everyone a break, even if they’ve gone through a previous egg donation cycle AND regardless of who they worked with.

Most people don’t even know they received a reduced rate until we let them know. . .but I guess the news is out now!
Please feel free to comment or ask questions right here.  We love hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Nancy Block
“Through our relationships, we help create families.”

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