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There are a number of reasons that may lead you to explore third-party options. We'll work with you to come up with an actionable plan to get you well on your way of growing your family. 

Egg Donation

Egg donation is when a woman volunteers her eggs to another individual in hopes of helping another couple achieve pregnancy through the in vitro fertilization process.

 

In other words, egg donation is an infertility therapy that allows women without viable oocytes (eggs) to become pregnant, nourish the pregnancy and deliver a child of her own.

 

There are many reasons why women might not have viable oocytes, the most common being age. Other women may have a genetic trait that they don't want to pass on or they may have had their oocytes depleted during chemotherapy/radiation treatments.

Click here to learn more about our egg donation services. 

Sperm Donation

Sperm donation is when a male voluntarily gives his sperm in the hopes of helping a woman or couple to become pregnant with IUI or IVF. Just as in egg donation, sperm donation can be done anonymously or as a directed (known) donor.  

 

We'll gladly assist you in selecting anonymous donor sperm from sperm banks that are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Such accreditation assures that these banks meet specific minimum standards for disease screening and semen quality.  

 

Known or Directed Sperm Donation is when you select a family member or friend to be your sperm donor. We follow the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology as well as FDA regulations for directed sperm donation. We only select men who pass physical, genetic and psychological screenings.

Embryo Donation

This process involves using another couple’s embryo(s) that were produced from previous IVF cycles in order to conceive.

 

It's common for more embryos to be created and cryopreserved (frozen) than are used to successfully complete one’s family.

 

These remaining embryos are often donated, providing a unique opportunity to help other individuals or couples experience pregnancy and childbirth.

We follow the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology as well as FDA regulations for embryo donation. We only select donated embryos from individuals who pass physical, genetic and psychological screenings.

Gestational Carrier

A gestational carrier or surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy for another woman or couple.

 

One of the most generous gifts a woman can give is to carry and nourish a baby for nine months. New advances in reproductive medicine make it possible for a woman without a healthy uterus to have her own genetic child.

 

The most common use of surrogacy is for a woman who does not have a healthy uterus, which can be caused by infection, small size, scar tissue or poor endometrial development. Additionally, some women are born with ovaries but no uterus.

 

Alternatively, surrogates are necessary for gay male couples to conceive children with their genetics. We work with a surrogate agency to identify prospective surrogates. 

 

Click here to learn more about how we love to care for our LGBGQ+ community.