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ARR Offers Parents 'Extended Choice' in Egg Donor Selections

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 General News J E 4
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CHICAGO, June 2 Alternative Reproductive Resources (ARR),a leading Chicago-based agency that brings together intended parents, eggdonors and surrogate mothers, has announced a program designed to remove someof the pressure from the egg donor selection process.

Called Extended Choice, the program offers intended parents, for a nominalfee, "first choice" on selected egg donors during a 72-hour period. Thismeans that participants have that window of time after viewing a donor todecide if she is right for them prior to making a selection. During thatperiod, other prospective parents may view the donor's profile, but areprecluded from choosing her until the 72 hours are up.

"The process of choosing an egg donor is hugely stressful because of thecompetition for a limited pool of qualified donors," said Robin von Halle."Once prospective parents find a donor who fits their criteria, they have tomake the decision to accept her -- fast -- because she might not be availablethe next day, or even in another hour.

"Extended Choice gives participants some much-needed breathing room, timeto take pause and mull over their choice without worrying that delay will costthem the donor who was, in fact, the perfect match for them."

Typically, agencies like ARR share information about egg donors with theirclients two ways -- through the manual process of reviewing detailed,identity-protected profiles of available donors or, increasingly, viaWeb-enabled means. Either way, the intended parents don't usually pay toreview donor profiles.

"And we don't typically charge for this part of our service, either," saidvon Halle. "But we believe some of our clients will like this option andbelieve it money well spent."

Established in 1994, ARR (http://www.arr1.com) was one of the firstagencies in the United States dedicated to locating and matching egg donorsand, more recently, gestational surrogates with intended parents from aroundthe world. For further information, contact von Halle at 773.327.7315, orinfo@arr1.com.

SOURCE Alternative Reproductive Resources
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