Donor Assisted Reproduction
Donor Embryo, Egg Donor or Sperm Donor Recipients Online Sulphur Springs
I provide online and in person assessments for my North Texas clients (although Texas clients are welcome to do an online session as well!).
I am a parent via third party reproduction options via California Conceptions embryo program myself, so I know all too well what this process and assessment feels like!
Intended parents are encouraged by their doctor to attend counseling prior to an egg or sperm donation procedure.
I provide assessments and reports for couples who are encouraged to attend a session or two before beginning egg, sperm or embryo donation/adoption options for infertility.
These sessions are meant to help you discuss and process the issues surrounding emotional considerations of choosing and deciding to use egg, sperm, embryo donation or the potential of a gestational carrier or surrogate.
You are welcome to meet with Lauren in person in the Dallas area for your session to discuss egg, embryo or sperm donation use for fertility, or you can also meet with us online via Skype nationwide for third party reproduction counseling sessions.
Online sessions for egg or embryo donor counseling are very easy to schedule and you may find the wait time to be much shorter than finding someone locally in your area!
Third-party reproduction is a wonderful family-building option for many people, especially when you find yourself at the end of a long road of infertility.
The decision to consider this option is often filled with many questions about donor selection, how to handle psychological issues regarding disclosure, confidentiality, and sharing this information with the child, family, and friends.
Because this is not strictly a medical decision, many couples and individuals greatly benefit from a counseling consultation with an experienced counselor in reproductive medicine and infertility as well as personal experience in both areas.
In addition, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends all those interested in pursuing third-party reproduction have a supportive counseling consultation prior to beginning this family-building option.
I know this starts to sound redundant, but I’ve walked this road as well.
After IVF failed, our adoption reversed and our oldest daughter was stillborn, I still stood in the chasm of unknowing HOW we would become parents of a living child, while also knowing I “had no eggs left!”.
So we chose California Conceptions, a double donor program in California to grow our family. Our first living, breathing “we finally are parents” baby was our son born via embyro donation.
I can offer support, education, guidance, and resources including ASRM Recommended Counseling Topics for Intended Parent Egg or Embryo Donation.
Some of those topics can include:
- Readiness to build a family through egg/sperm donation
- Grieving for the biological child (not passing on family traits and medical history, etc.)
- Preparing to cycle with Donor IVF and an outside party
- Understanding the IVF cycle process and syncing your cycle with another person
- Finding the right egg donor agency
- Psychological preparation for third-party reproduction
- Important considerations for donor selection
- Open vs Closed Relationships with Donors
- Decisions about anonymous donors versus known donors
- What are information release and identity release donors and what is right for you?
- Stress management strategies for coping while trying to become pregnant
- How to reduce anxiety about treatment options
- Risks with using an Egg, Sperm or Embryo Donor
- Finding out who might meet egg donor requirements
- Secrecy/confidentiality/openness – decisions patients make about who, how, when, and what to tell in regard to third-party reproduction
- What we have learned from other families formed through egg or sperm donation
- Explaining third-party reproduction to your child (what children understand at different developmental ages and stages)
Support for single parents and support organizations
Issues in being the biological, not genetic, mother with egg or embryo donation
Issues in parenting as a father after using sperm donation or embryo donation
Differences and similarities in parenting for the non-genetic parent
Gaining support from family, friends, co-workers, and other family with third party reproduction
- Supportive articles, books, support groups, online groups and websites
Questions that many people begin to ask as they consider using a gestational carrier, egg/sperm donation or embryo donation include:
- What are our best options considering our finances when choosing an egg donor vs embryo donation?
- How do we choose an appropriate egg or embryo donor?
- What role will the donor have in our lives, if any?
- Should we tell our child about his/her donor conception?
- Will I feel like a child conceived through donor options isn’t really mine?
- I am upset about not having a bio child. Is that ok?
- Should we tell our family members about using a donor?
- How do we deal with questions from others?
- What if this treatment doesn’t work?
- Will my child be upset with me for choosing to conceive this way?
When should I consider talking to you once I’ve become a parent by egg or embryo donation?
You may discover that you meet with a counselor once or twice before your intended fertility treatments and things are going smoothly.
You achieve that long awaited pregnancy and you may find yourself struggling to connect.. 8-9 months later, a baby (or babies!) are born and you may be unsure why you keep looking for your mom’s eyes or your Aunt Edna’s nose.
A few years may even pass and you find yourself unsure how to answer at doctor’s appointments or at the playground about your child and why they don’t have the same color hair or eyes.
All of these are completely normal feelings and moments that may catch you off guard.
You are welcome to come in, or meet with me on Skype, to discuss these experiences and how to honor all of your emotions and navigate the parenthood experience after third party reproduction.
We can also help direct you to a local Resolve Infertility Support Group in your area
To schedule an appointment for egg or embryo donation counseling, email email@example.com or call 903-689-2744
You can also check our patient portal to schedule today! After Work Hours and Weekend Hours available!
For nationwide skype and video sessions for third party reproduction assessments, consent paperwork and payment must be received in advance. Online Counseling is available and easy to schedule.
Egg or sperm donation counseling is approx 1 hour 10 min and covers the topics recommended by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, (ASRM). A brief report for your physician or clinic is included in the fee.
My current fees for online Assessments for Egg or Embryo Donation Counseling is $120, and this includes the cost of writing the report.
I provide assessments for clients who are undergoing third party reproduction for those in need of:
-Egg Donation Counseling
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-Embryo Donation Assessment
-Embryo Donation Counseling
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