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6 Steps to Screening an Egg Donor

6 Steps to Screening an Egg Donor

By comparison, the egg donor process takes far more time from initiation to completion than sperm donation.  Although both sperm and egg donation include medical and psychological screening along with legal contracts, that is where the similarities end.  Typically, the time frame for starting the egg donation process to aspiration takes 3-4 months, and that excludes any complications.  It is therefore highly doubtful…

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10 Tips on how to choose a surrogacy agency

10 Tips on how to choose a surrogacy agency

Surrogacy is an arrangement often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant, carry the pregnancy and deliver the child, all of this for another person or persons, who have always intended to be the parents or parents of the child. There are many reasons why a person or persons need the assistance of a surrogate:…

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Common Fears about Egg Donation

Common Fears about Egg Donation

For many people, egg donation is not likely to be their first choice to create a family, but for some, it is probably their only choice.  Once the realization sets in that egg donation may be your only option in creating your family, you may experience fear, indecision, confusion, frustration, and be at a loss as to where to start…

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Increasing your chance of IVF Success

Increasing your chance of IVF Success

The first pregnancy achieved through in vitro fertilization (IVF) from a human egg and sperm was reportedly from Monash University in Australia in 1973 under Drs. Carl Wood, John Leeton and Alan Trounson.  That pregnancy only lasted a few days and today we would refer to such an occurrence as a chemical pregnancy.  On July 25th, 1978, Louise Brown was…

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Getting Ready to Get Pregnant

Getting Ready to Get Pregnant

Now that you have decided to have a baby, what can you do to improve your chances of carrying a healthy pregnancy?  Here are a few things that can contribute towards a healthier result.   Get a Medical Checkup Prior to any potential pregnancy, it is always a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor or midwife.  Even…

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Boosting Sperm Count

Boosting Sperm Count

Infertility affects about one in every 6 couples trying to achieve a pregnancy. It is estimated that one if every 3 cases is due to fertility problems in the male partner.  Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, a healthy sperm count is around 15 million sperm per milliliter or at least 39 million per ejaculate. Doctors believe testosterone…

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Checks & Balances

Checks & Balances

As an example of some of the checks and balances that we highly recommend to any potential Intended Parent, a recent example typifies exactly why you need to do your homework in advance.  This case was highlighted in the media, (search for Theresa Erickson, surrogacy, in any search engine), and shows how easily clients can be duped by someone whom…

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