Even with 7 billion inhabitants, the earth we live on is extremely small. Don’t believe me? Stop for a second to think about the number of times you have been at an event and ran into someone you never expected to be there. What about that vacation you took only to learn an acquaintance of yours was there at the same time?
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I recently moved from Case Manager of Donor – Intended Parent matches to Business Development Coordinator and it has left me without the relationships I didn’t realize I would miss. Working behind the scenes is ultimately where I see myself as a businesswoman but I have been feeling nostalgic lately. I would like to share an excerpt from a two-time repeat egg donor who recently completed an open donation with her Intended Mother in Portland, OR.
As couples begin the daunting search for their perfect egg donor, so many questions come to mind! What criteria are the most important to me? Do I want someone who physically resembles me or someone in my family? Does the donor have musical talents like I do or can she swing a tennis racquet the way my I do? Did she achieve those SAT scores in high school that we are looking for and has she achieved good grades during her college years?
Fertility SOURCE Companies Exhibits at the International LGBT Family Building Event in Barcelona, SpainJune 7th, 2012
The Second European Conference on LGBT Families welcomes almost 1000 people from 23 different European countries.
Irvine, California – May 31, 2012 – Fertility SOURCE Companies’ (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE). International Development Liaison, Jamie Williams exhibited at the groundbreaking Second European Meeting of LGBT Families in Barcelona, Spain alongside families and industry experts from over 20 countries. The conference featured an elaborate agenda, covering a wide ranging selection of topics from real-world parenting experiences to international legal issues and civil rights and social equality for the LGBT community.
Among the event highlights was the surrogacy seminar on ‘European Men Having Babies’. There has been an increasing desire to become parents among gay European couples. However, resources about the topic are often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find. Since 2005, The ‘Men Having Babies’ seminar has helped hundreds of men navigate the complicated road to parenting through surrogacy.
There are so many topics to write about so I really thought hard on what I get asked most often and it is “Where do I begin?”
You have made the final decision to do donor egg and now what? What are the next steps? Often people think once they make the decision to move forward with donor egg, they just get on-line, pick a donor and retrieve. Not so. It takes time. There are many steps before you get to the choosing of the donor.
When you are in the thick of it, it often seems that nothing is simple when it comes to a donor cycle. Most intended parents arrive at the door to egg donation after a grueling IVF cycle, or two, or three or…more. Somehow after all of this, the strength, courage and money is found to try again with a donor. After this voyage to the emotionally charged decision to work with a donor, then arrives what, for many, can be the most difficult part of the infertility journey: donor selection. The “Match.comminess” begins. Dizzying lists of available donors are perused, for weeks, often months in what many describe as a completely surreal experience. Then, she appears. Perhaps the same smile, the same almond-shaped eyes, the same love of animals, or the perfect combination of many things. Finally, things seem to be turning in your favor. Except for one small catch. You live in San Francisco, your dream donor lives in Boston. But she is your donor, you just know it. So, thus begins an added complication and expense to an already complicated and expensive endeavor.