The Donor Sibling Registry
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by Barette Best
6d ago
The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg, or embryo donation who are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they (or their children) share genetic ties. The DSR has more than 75,000 members worldwide and has facilitated thousands of connections between donors, donor-conceived individuals, genetic siblings, and intended/recipient parents (on behalf of their children). At Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions, we educate intended parents (IPs) and egg donors about the importance o ..read more
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What to expect at a genetic screening
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
2M ago
A consultation with a genetic counselor is an important part of the screening process to receive medical clearance for egg donation. During your appointment, the genetic counselor will review your personal and family health history to determine any potential hereditary conditions that could be passed on to a child. She will walk you through your family tree step-by-step, including your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and first cousins. While it’s important to share any and all family health history you have access to, the genetic counselor will, in particular ..read more
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Choosing the right donor for your family
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
3M ago
Choosing the right egg donor for your family is indeed an important decision, and it can feel overwhelming with so many factors to consider. It can be helpful to create a “must-have” and a “would-be-nice-if” list to narrow down your options and find a donor who feels like a good fit for you. When making your lists, there are a few questions you may want to consider. Firstly, think about whether you’re comfortable with paying for the donor’s travel expenses. This decision may depend on your financial situation and whether you prefer a local donor who can go through the entire process with your ..read more
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When your donor is a carrier
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
4M ago
This article from Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions discusses the topic of genetic carrier screening for egg donors and its importance in the egg donation process. It emphasizes that being a genetic carrier for a certain condition should not necessarily prevent intended parents from moving forward with their chosen donor. The article explains what it means to be a genetic carrier and differentiates between autosomal recessive and X-linked conditions. For autosomal recessive conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell, both the egg provider and the sperm provider must carry variants ..read more
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Meet Genetic Counselor Pamela Callum
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
5M ago
Genetic screening is a key component of the egg donation process. It provides intended parents with important health information for their future child and also gives donors insight into their family health history and genetic risk factors they may not have known about previously. Pamela Callum and her team at Tandem Genetics conduct genetic screening sessions with egg donors on behalf of Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions. They thoroughly review the donor’s family medical history, looking at three generations, to help identify potential risks to offspring conceived using the donor’s eggs. He ..read more
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The Donor Sibling Registry
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
6M ago
  The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg, or embryo donation who are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they (or their children) share genetic ties. The DSR has more than 75,000 members worldwide and has facilitated thousands of connections between donors, donor-conceived individuals, genetic siblings, and intended/recipient parents (on behalf of their children). At Egg Donor Solutions (EDS), we educate intended parents (IPs) and egg donors about the importance of ..read more
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Egg Donation by the Numbers
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
6M ago
How many eggs can we expect to get from a donor? This is often one of the first questions intended parents (IPs) ask when choosing to build their family through egg donation. It is closely followed by: Will we get to keep all of the eggs? The answers to these questions depend on a few different factors, including whether you’ll be working with an agency or clinic for a fresh donor cycle or if you plan to use a frozen egg bank. When using an egg bank, the eggs from a donor’s cycle are split into “lots” or “cohorts” that can be used by multiple IPs. Typically, IPs purchase a cohort of six to eig ..read more
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Zach & Leslie’s story: Becoming Parents through surrogacy & egg donation.
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
7M ago
As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. But for couples who experience infertility, sometimes it takes a village to create their family. Everyone involved has an important role to play, but no role is more special than that of the egg donors and surrogates who give selflessly of themselves to help intended parents achieve their dream of having a child. Zach and Leslie are an example of a couple who needed the help of both an egg donor and a surrogate to have their family. This is their incredible story of hope, loss, perseverance and ultimately a happy ending. The right match ..read more
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Writing a letter to your donor
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
8M ago
Writing a letter to your egg donor is a meaningful way to express your gratitude and establish a connection with her. Here are some tips to consider when crafting your letter: Let her get to know you: Share information about yourself and your story. Discuss your hobbies, career, and the importance of having a child. If you are a couple, you can also include details about how you met and the length of your relationship. This will help the donor understand who you are and create a connection. Explain why you chose her: It’s essential to communicate why you selected the donor among other potent ..read more
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Choosing the right egg donor for your family
Egg Donor Solutions, L.L.C.
by Barette Best
9M ago
Choosing the right egg donor for your family is indeed an important decision, and it can feel overwhelming with so many factors to consider. It can be helpful to create a “must-have” and a “would-be-nice-if” list to narrow down your options and find a donor who feels like a good fit for you. When making your lists, there are a few questions you may want to consider. Firstly, think about whether you’re comfortable with paying for the donor’s travel expenses. This decision may depend on your financial situation and whether you prefer a local donor who can go through the entire process with your ..read more
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