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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.”

Featured Agency Services For The Center For Egg Options’ Gestational Surrogate Program

29 Dec

It has never been clearer how important an intermediary is than with a Surrogacy arrangement. As your advocate, The Center For Egg Options liasons will go to physician appointments, your embryo transfer, and the delivery as you request. We are 100% committed to you throughout the process! We act as your intermediary until pregnancy occurs and as your liason to further support the relationship you build with the surrogate as her pregnancy develops. A support person on both ends of the process is integral to avoiding the legal and emotional pitfalls that can occur with a failed match and The Center For Egg Options is truly committed to being that support person for all of our clients and their surrogates.

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Full time staff to organize all aspects of your program.
  • Referrals of all parties for medical procedures, psychological evaluations, and legal requirements.
  • Provision of surrogate applications in their entirety with pictures.
  • Implementation of psychological screening with reports.
  • Arrangement of insurance and trust account management based on Agreement.
  • Coordination and scheduling of all travel and accommodation arrangements for the surrogate.
  • Coordination of fertility treatments and cycle management for the surrogate and the intended parent (if donating own egg) or donor (if using donated egg).
  • Serve as liaison between the medical facility, the surrogate and the intended parent.
  • The Center For Egg Options will be able to provide you with a previous intended parent of a surrogate to speak with.
  • Advocate to all of our surrogates and clients involved as they progress through each step of the program.

The History of CEO

12 Dec

Having successfully and personally guided over 2,000 Donor and Surrogate matches in the 11 years since The Center For Egg Option’s inception, Director Nancy Block has taken her 25+ years experience as an OB/GYN and infertility nurse and combined it with her personal touch and leadership expertise to create a hands-on team approach.

As a full service Egg Donation and Surrogacy Center, The Center For Egg Options Illinois holds its established reputation of having the highest standards in the Assisted Reproductive Services arena with great pride.

The Center For Egg Options‘ concern for the health and well-being of our donors, surrogates and intended parents is first and foremost. We provide a comfortable and caring environment to support all of our clients and our compassionate hands-on service trumps all other agencies in the industry.

We have built our reputation on our uncompromised and unequal stringent screening procedure and our adherence to the strictest professional guidelines and ethics required by ASRM, FDA, and SART.

Meet Susan! CEO’s Wonderful Program Case Manager!

18 Apr

We love getting to know our Intended Parents, Surrogates and Egg Donors and often make long lasting friends with some of our clients. We thought it would be a great idea to let you really get to know each of us on an individual level. Today it’s all about Susan, our wonderful program case manager! 

Susan attended the University of Illinois and graduated from Rush University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  She is married with three children ages 21, 19 and 16.  Her previous work experience includes Labor and Delivery nurse at Northwestern Hospital and at Michael Reese HMO as Clinical Nurse Manager in their outpatient OB/Gynecology department. Susan has been with CEO for over eight years and coordinates all of the donor and GS matches/medical records with the doctor’s offices.  She also handles the escrow accounts for travel and CEO’s gestational surrogacy’s. On top of all that, Susan also meets with donors and recipients.   

Susan answers calls every day from young women who have the desire to become egg donors. When asked what is your best advice that you can give to women who are interested in donating their eggs she says “make sure the agency you are going to donate with is reputable and is accessible to you to answer your questions and give support.  You want to work with an agency such as CEO that has their staff available to the donors and intended parents.  This is a wonderful gift that you are giving to recipients and it is important for you to have support during your donation cycle.”  

Women who want to become Gestational Surrogates often contact CEO and talk with Susan about the Surrogacy Process. Susan says to them “Ask as many questions as you can.  You want to make sure that you are working with an agency that has knowledge of not only the fertility process to become a surrogate, but also the pregnancy and delivery aspect.  It is important to work with an experienced agency to assist you in this process.  It is also important to meet your intended parents and establish a relationship that works for both of you as to the level of involvement during the surrogacy and after delivery.” True words! Some agency’s are only involved in the match, but that is not CEO’s style. Susan and the rest of the staff are involved from conception to birth and beyond! 

Working at Center for Egg Options is pretty exciting stuff but the most rewarding part, Susan explains, are “the phone calls we receive when an intended parent calls to say they are pregnant.  The excitement and hope in their voice is such a thrill.  We have a few recipients that have had such a long and disappointing journey to become parents and knowing that we have played a part in making their dreams come true is our biggest reward!” 

When Intended Parents retain our services they should know that the goal of CEO is to provide the best customer service possible. Susan says that they strive to give personal one-on-one attention to everyone-donors, surrogates and intended parents.  “We spend time with everyone, and no question or concern is too small”.

Feel free to call The Center For Egg Options and speak with Susan, Nancy or Jan. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have! After all that’s what we are here for!

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.

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