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Infertility and The Greatest Gift

By Tracey Minella

April 12th, 2014 at 7:02 am

 

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Ever wish you could make a real difference in someone’s life? A life-altering difference?  Well, you can, and you just may improve your own life in the process.

Egg donation is a gift you can give to a friend, family member, or stranger who desperately wants to conceive, but for any number of reasons, is unable to do so with her own eggs. She needs the eggs of a young, healthy, generous woman. Possibly you.

Donor egg recipients are often women who have struggled with infertility for years. Many have exhausted all other medical options to conceive using their own eggs or may have suffered the pain of repeated miscarriage along their journey. Sadly, some women battle cancer only to find that chemotherapy and/or radiation robbed them of the ability to use their own eggs to start a family afterwards.  

Egg donors are special, empathetic people.

Although they are financially compensated in the sum of $8,000, most women donate their eggs simply because they want to help someone else.

Some donors have had children and know how much motherhood means. Others may be students who aren’t ready to have their own families just yet, but want to help someone else do so. Most healthy, young women under the age of 31 can be candidates.

Long Island IVF gave Long Island its first donor egg baby. For more than two decades our Donor Egg Program has been helping donor egg recipients find the right egg donor and build their families.

If you’re interested in giving someone the ultimate gift…the chance to become a mother…and want to learn more about becoming an egg donor, including details regarding compensation for participation in the program, please contact the Donor Egg Coordinator, Vicky Loveland, RN, at (631) 752-0606 and view our website at http://www.longislandivf.com/egg_donor.cfm

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Are you, or do you know anyone who would be, interested in this opportunity? If so, please call or forward this information to others.

If you have donated… or received… eggs would you share your experience?           

 

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A Donors Thanks Professor Robert Edwards

By Amy Demma, Jd

October 8th, 2010 at 8:09 am

A few days ago, Dr. Kreiner was inspired to write a blog based on a letter from a recipient mom of donor eggs. At my office, we love it when recipient parents write to us and while it is less frequent that a donor sends a note, when we do hear from donors, my staff and I are especially delighted. This week, I heard from both prospective parents and colleagues about the announcement of Dr. Robert Edwards receiving the Nobel Prize. And I also received the below e-mail from a three-time experienced (and very fertile) donor expressing her gratitude for IVF, as well.

“Dear Amy,

I have been lurking, as I think many anonymous egg donors do, on some of the e-community boards as they discuss the news of Dr. Robert Edwards and the Nobel Prize for perfecting the in-vitro process. What is being said by experienced egg donors on some of the boards would probably interest the people who contact your office needing a donor.

I would imagine that many patients are talking about what IVF offers them in terms of ways to manage their infertility; I wanted to share with you that donors are also grateful to Dr. Edwards. So many people in the media talk about donors who do this for the money. Well, I say, I am one of those women who sees it less as selling my eggs for cash and so much more as a really unique and special way that I can do some good.

As you and I have worked together, you know that it has been important for me to know a little bit about the couple I am cycling for. I need this to be more than a clinical process; I need to have some characteristics of the recipients that I can relate to while doing the shots and everything else. I am doing this from my heart and I need to have the recipients in my heart too.

Since my cycles have been successful, you know the joy and happiness that this news has brought me. This is why I and so many other donors are also thankful not only for Dr. Edwards and his hard work but also that the Nobel Committee has granted him this honor. Of course, the end result of your hard work with the parents and the reason that donors go through all that they do is so that a baby will be born. But if you think about it and trace it back from the delivery date to the match date, even though all of the people involved all wanted to create a baby, without Dr. Edwards, this form of charity could not be.

It seems that I am very fertile; I know that I want to be able to give that fertility to a couple who needs me to have their baby. I thank Dr. Edwards for giving me the opportunity to help someone who has not been able to have a family; there are so many more people who are better off for your in-vitro discovery. And I especially thank the Nobel Committee for giving this award and for saying to the world that IVF is deserving of this level of recognition.”

The letter quoted in the latest blog by Dr. Kreiner was about disclosure of donor conception. As I was reading the above e-mail, basically a thank-you note sent from a donor who appreciates that IVF made it possible for her to help others, I wondered if the recipients who worked with this donor would be more inclined to disclose about donor conception if they understood just how deeply motivated, from the heart, their donor was. I just may pass along the above.

 To learn more about Amy Demma, JD please visit:

www.lawofficesofamydemma.com

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Cross-Border Fertility Care – The Only Option for Some Hopeful Couples

By East Coast Fertility

September 21st, 2010 at 9:28 am

There has been a lot of negative press recently about cross-border fertility care – otherwise known as "reproductive tourism." However, the fact remains that couples struggling to start a family sometimes have no other option but to seek help away from their homes. This is the case for couples in the U.K. who must turn to egg donation as their only hope to conceive. For them, there is a three year wait for donor eggs. This is a huge obstacle for those anxious to start their families and for women already of an age where they can not afford to wait. In the U.S. the wait is much shorter, and one clinic is reaching out to provide donor egg services to these U.K. couples in need.

Dr. David Kreiner of East Coast Fertility reflects on the negative opinion that sometimes surrounds cross-border fertility care. "In an ideal world, patients wouldn’t have to leave their country and their local doctors to get the treatment they need in a timely fashion. But the reality in the UK is that many couples cannot afford to wait until a donor egg becomes available there. At ECF, it is with great sensitivity and care that we are trying to answer their needs, and we try to keep as much of the patient care in the home country as possible."

East Coast Fertility is the premier IVF/Donor Egg program located in New York and offers patients immediate access to hundreds of excellent eggs. Dr. Kreiner is the former director of the Donor Egg program at the Jones Institute, where he was involved with the first successful Donor Egg cases in the U.S from 1985-1988. He has also received awards from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for his work with IVF-Donor Egg.

The team of professionals at ECF is always available to  answer all questions about the U.S. East Coast Fertility experience for using IVF with a donor egg. It doesn’t matter that we are across the pond with today’s communication technologies!

During a two-day visit to New York, ECF can perform your initial workup and help you select a donor. Their physicians and staff will coordinate your IVF cycle with your U.K. physician. You will revisit ECF for your embryo transfer and then return home to monitor your hormone levels and pregnancy results through your local physician. The average recipient only spends 2-7 days in New York.

The ECF program only requires two short trips to New York City, and since 2002, the clinic has a 75% pregnancy rate per donation cycle including fresh and frozen embryo transfers.

This is simply a trip couples cannot afford to miss.

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You Are Invited To Tune In!!

By Pamela Madsen

September 1st, 2010 at 7:14 am

The Surrogacy Lawyer Radio Program- Thursdays at 11am PDT

Amy Demma, Prospective Families; Andrea Bryman, LMFT; and Pamela Madsen, The Fertility Advocate: The Eggsploitation Controversy

The filmmakers promote it as “the fertility industry’s dirty little secret.” In the trailer, several former egg donors describe horrific experiences resulting in permanent health damages and how they were lured into making poor decisions with offers of hard to resist compensation. The music, ironically scored by the group Thieves and Liars, is dark and foreboding, reminiscent of a horror film. And the name of the documentary – Eggsploitation – implies its intentions, which is to let the world know about the “trade” in human eggs and “older women with money targeting younger women.”
So is this documentary a wake-up call for the infertility field or is it a narrow-minded attempt to push an agenda, with the truth lying somewhere between the hyperbole and the criticism? The Surrogacy Lawyer Theresa Erickson will explore these issues on Thursday, September 2.

Ms. Erickson will be interviewing three leading infertility and collaborative reproductive specialists, including Andrea Bryman, LMFT, a marriage and family therapist specializing in egg donation and surrogate assessment and support; Amy Demma, a New York attorney and founder of Prospective Families Egg Donation Agency; and Pamela Madsen, infertility blogger and patient advocate who wrote several posts about the movie on her blog The Fertility Advocate that steamrolled into a lively Facebook discussion.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to move the robust discussion that started on Facebook into the real-time, interactive realm of radio, “ says attorney Erickson. “As a former egg donor during college and now as a third party reproduction professional who has dedicated my career to this field, I want to insure that the absolute best practices are established for the welfare of both egg donors and parents via egg donation. So regardless of the public’s or field’s perceptions of the documentary, I am glad we have this chance to move the discussion forward.

CLICK HERE TO TUNE IN:

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