Preparing to parent with a child conceived by egg donation involves many decisions. Often, the complexity of these choices are overlooked or down played by many recipients (and helping professionals) in the rush to have a baby. Many want to believe that getting pregnant will erase the fact that their family was created with the help of a third person.
During this one hour group conference call, you will receive information on:
- The psychological realities and concerns of building your family through egg donation:
- Understanding what questions to ask your doctor when egg donation is the treatment option
- Importance of donor selection choices: anonymous/known; proven/unproven; shared/full; pictures/non-pictures; agency/ in-house; contracts/consents; and identity release/closed
- Understanding donor evaluations including genetic testing
- Number of embryos to transfer and how embryos are frozen for future use
- Cost differences in egg donation
- Understanding success rates in egg donation
You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with others exploring this family building option.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
WHERE: Telephone Conference Line (call-in information will be given at time of registration)
TIME: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
FACILITATOR: Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.
Registration limited to the first 25 responders who also send information regarding their particular situation and any questions they would like answered.
Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W., B.C.D. is a clinical social worker in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is Co-chair of the American Fertility Association (AFA) and the facilitator of the AFA Ovum Donor Seminar Series. She is co-author of the fact sheets for AFA on "Talking to Children about Ovum Donation" and "Talking to Children about Sperm Donation." Ms. Mendell has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding fertility, third party reproduction, parenting after infertility, disclosure, multi-fetal reduction, pregnancy loss, and adoption. As an infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, she is well aware of the impact decision making choices have on people's lives. In her role as therapist and consumer advocate, she gives those seeking her help both practical and therapeutic advice on how to better cope with stress, resolve marital tensions, and select and explore solutions to their family building dilemmas.