Three Chicago Area Fertility Agencies Launch 'Shared Risk' Program

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 General News J E 4
CHICAGO, Nov. 24 Three leading area fertility solutionsagencies today announced the launch of a unique cooperative program to helpintended parents better manage the risk of egg donors dropping out before theretrieval process is completed.

The "Shared Risk Donor Program" is an initiative by The Center for EggOptions (CEO), Northbrook, IL; ConceiveAbilities, and Alternative ReproductiveResources (ARR), both of Chicago.

Egg donation is an increasingly common approach to achieving pregnancywhen viable eggs are not otherwise available. Intended parents choose a donorthrough an agency, based on traits important to them. Her eggs are retrievedas part of a medical process, fertilized, and either carried by the birthmother or a gestational surrogate. The donor is compensated for her time andeffort for the retrieval process.

Occasionally, egg donors will withdraw from the process for personal ormedical reasons after the fee has been paid. The Shared Risk Donor Programgives intended parents the option of choosing a new egg donor from any of thethree agencies should this happen. Participants will not incur any additionalagency fees, even if the donor is not represented by their agency. There is anominal enrollment fee.

"The process of building a family through advanced reproductivetechnologies can be stressful," said Nancy Block of CEO( "The early loss of an egg donor doesn't happen often,but when it does, it's emotionally frustrating and a financial drain."

Nazca Fontes of ConceiveAbilities ( saidthat rather than leave would-be parents discouraged at being back at squareone, this program gives them easy access to three times as many potential eggdonors as they originally had, without a correlating agency cost.

According to Robin von Halle of ARR (, "We allrecognized the problem and shared the desire to offer a solution thatdemonstrated how seriously we take our roles as advocates for our clients --and as leaders at putting our industry in a more positive light."

For further information, contact Block at 847.656.8733; Fontes at773.868.3971; or von Halle at 773.327.7325.Media contact: Hodge Schindler Integrated Communications Sally Saville Hodge Robyn Velasquez 312.666.6662

SOURCE Alternative Reproductive Resources


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