Last week I assumed the role of Egg Donor Coordinator for InVia Fertility. I have found it to be challenging, rewarding, interesting, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. And it’s only been two weeks!
I wanted to take a moment to blog about what a recipient can expect at their first meeting with me.
The "Book" Viewing Appointment
At this appointment, I will meet with you and we will discuss the process of egg donation as well as review the available donors in InVia Fertility’s in-house egg donor program. In the position I held prior to Egg Donor Coordinator, I was the pre-screener for all incoming egg donors. From application to “Donor Book”, they were all mine. I feel that this helps me in explaining to recipients what is entailed in our pre-screening to ensure that we are only making “the best” donors available to you.
Based upon your level of comfort, I will either sit with you and answer questions while you review the profiles or I can step out for a period of time and give you some privacy to go over them yourself and then answer questions you might have when you are finished. Once you have narrowed your selection down to a few donors, you are given the option of taking home a copy of the profiles you are interested in to review them some more at your leisure. You are not given copies of the pictures, just of the basic profiles.
You are also given a copy of the Egg Donor Recipient Contract for InVia Fertility. It is lengthy and, well, it’s a contract, so unless you’re in the legal field, you will need time and focus to read and understand it. You are always given the option of selecting an attorney to review this contract as well, and we do have a list of attorneys we can refer you to. We do not promote or recommend any of these attorneys; we just know they specialize in family law and would be suitable to review the contract with you.
If you decide that none of the donors in InVia’s Donor Program meet your specific needs, you still have some options. Some are to refer to a donor agency in an attempt to find a donor, wait until we add new donors into our program, or consider the option of a known donor (if this is a possibility for you).
Remember! This is all done at your speed. No one is breathing down your neck to pick a donor, sign the contract, and get started. We are ready to proceed with you when you are ready to get started.
Vicki Meagher has worked with InVia Fertility Specialists since 2006. She is our Third Party Coordinator, so she works with our patients that need an egg donor, sperm donor, gestational surrogate, or any combination of the above. She recruits and screens the egg donors for our in-house donor program as well. She loves working with intended parents and is passionate about third party reproduction and the important role it plays in helping patients achieve their dream of starting or extending their family. She is a member of SEEDS - the Society for Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy.