Insider's Guide to Egg Donation

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Insider's Guide to Egg Donation

A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide For All Parents-to-Be

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2013 Gold Medal Winner IPBA Benjamin Franklin Award, LGBT Category

Each year, over 7.3 million Americans face infertility. In their search for answers and alternative means for building a family, they turn to the nearly 500 reproductive specialty clinics across the US.

Same-sex and single-by-choice parents are more prevalent than ever in the fertility industry and there is no definitive, up-to-date guide to help families of all types approach egg donation. Resources are fragmented, and thatÃs true regardless of your family "type."

Insider's Guide to Egg Donation, is the first how-to-handbook that helps families of all types navigate the less talked about but widely practiced egg donor landscape with a warm and friendly tone, giving those in need of a different kind of stork the answers and information they need as they begin to research family-building options.

The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation Answers:

  • What do I need to know about the medical process of using an egg donor?
  • What are the latest reproductive medicine technologies that we should know about?
  • What should I consider when choosing a fertility clinic?
  • How should I evaluate potential egg donor agencies?

Product Details

  • Publication Date April 12, 2012
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303304

Editorial Review(s)

“They provide excellent resource lists, and "Key Chapter Highlights" conclude each chapter. This title is a commendable roadmap for this challenging process and is highly recommended as a valuable resource for libraries."—Library Journal, November 2012

“They successfully address the many complex components involved in this process, such as choosing a reproductive clinic, choosing a donor, ethical considerations for assisted reproductive technology (ART), compensation, and more. They are sensitive to the struggles of families who face infertility, and dedicate an entire chapter to non-traditional families such as single women and gay, lesbian, and transgendered families. They provide excellent resource lists, and 'Key Chapter Highlights' conclude each chapter. Woven throughout the text are the latest scientific statistics and studies related to ART, and the helpful appendixes address key issues, such as sample surrogate questions, considerations for genetic testing, and a complete glossary and index. This title is a commendable roadmap for this challenging process and is highly recommended as a valuable resource for libraries."—Library Journal, November 2012

About The Author(s)

Wendie Wilson-Miller

Wendie Wilson-Miller, a ten-year veteran of the egg donation and assisted reproductive technology field, is the Founder and President of Gifted Journeys, an egg donor agency based in Studio City, California. Before founding Gifted Journeys, she served as the Cycle Director of The Egg Donor Program, the largest donor agency in the United States. During her eight-year tenure with The Egg Donor Program, Wendie forged relationships with many of the nation's leading reproductive endocrinologists and the other specialists who work together to join egg donors with recipient parents. Over the years, she developed a passion for all types of families who sought out egg donors. Single parents, traditional heterosexual couples, gay and interracial couples, transgendered recipients and even those couples who travel from overseas to the U.S. for the accessibility of the assisted reproductive culture - they all deserve to have an advocate. A five-time egg donor, she's no stranger to the hormonal, physical and emotional ups and downs of assisted reproduction. With her final donation cycle resulting in a dangerous episode of ovarian torsion, she knows first-hand the risks borne by both sides of the egg donation equation. Wendie currently serves on the board for Parents Via Egg Donation, the nation's fastest growing support group for recipient parents, and is a contributing author for their resource library. Wendie has also been featured on NPR, The New York Times, and ABC News.

Erika Napoletano

Erika Napoletano is a co-author and multi-cycle egg donor. Introduced to the concept of egg donation in 2000 through a co-worker who had been a donor for her best friend, she began researching the process and became a rostered donor for a prominent Los Angeles-based egg donor and surrogacy agency. Her donations have given several families the enduring gift of eleven children among them and her life is continually blessed with one family's open inclusion of her in their now four-year-old daughter's life. A professional writer, Erika is a prominent consultant and outspoken presence in the digital marketing realm. In June of 2011, Entrepreneur Magazine will launch her column "All Up in Your Business" in their largest issue of the year. She was recently mentioned in the New York Times as an authority in the small business space. She's also a regular contributor to Copyblogger (one of the most widely read online marketing blogs). She was a 2009 finalist for the Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Award and has been a keynote speaker at Chicks Who Click 2010 social media conference as well as SOBCon Colorado 2010.

Table of Contents

"1. Egg Donation: The Basics
2. Filling Your Nest: Considering Ovum Donation
3. Beyond the Nest - When Hearts and Science Collide
4. How to Choose a Reproductive Clinic
5. How to Choose an Egg Donor Agency
6. Choosing Your Donor: Another View on ""Natural Selection""
7. Circling the Nest: The Ovum Donation Cycle
8. Readying the Nest: Transfer
9. Leaving the Nest: Recipient Parents
Donors and Honest Questions
10. Everybody Builds a Different Nest: Issues Facing Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and Single Parents, and International Recipients
11. The Nest of the Future: Emerging Technologies in Reproductive Medicine