ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Shady Grove Fertility (SGF), home to the largest fresh-cycle
SGF is one of only a few centers in the nation that selects and prescreens its own egg donors prior to making them available on their donor registry. Much more commonly, fertility centers rely on an agency to select donors, which adds significantly to the cost passed on to the donor egg recipient, also known as the intended parent. However, SGF recruits and prescreens (medically, psychologically, and genetically) all prospective, anonymous, ready-to-cycle egg donors prior to listing them on the SGF donor registry.
Egg donors have made parenthood possible for thousands of individuals who are unable to use their own eggs or their partner's eggs to conceive. In fact, more than 5,000 SGF patients have become parents thanks to the generosity of those women who donated their eggs. Egg donors are compensated generously for their time, effort, and commitment, not for their actual oocytes/eggs. Compensation for egg donors is paid at various points throughout the prescreening and donation process.
"The egg donation process at Shady Grove Fertility is anonymous despite its compassionate and intimate nature. Neither recipients nor donors are given any identifying information about one another. While the recipient is granted access to a select amount of information about the donor, the donor receives no information about the recipient. However, each walks away from the experience with a different outlook. One forever grateful and the other empowered by the ability to help create a family in such a unique and gratifying way," says Michele Purcell, MHA, RN, Director, Specialty Programs.
"As a woman, I feel like bringing a child into this world is one of the most powerful things we possess. If that possibility was taken away from me and if I needed an egg donor myself, I would hope that someone else would donate for me," adds one former anonymous SGF egg donor.
"For me, egg donation is a privilege and I consider myself lucky to be able to give in such a profound way. The first time I donated, I remember vividly how emotionally good I felt. Pure simple goodness in the knowledge that I created hope where previously there had been none," echoes another anonymous SGF egg donor.
Any woman between the ages of 21-32 who is healthy and has knowledge of her family history may be considered for egg donation. A short online application with a prompt reply identifies if a candidate is pre-qualified to become an egg donor at SGF. Once pre-qualified, all egg donor candidates must complete a comprehensive personal and family medical history questionnaire. "I'm proud of the fact that SGF's screening process for donors is so extensive and selective. It's important for the health of the baby and intended mother to trust our due diligence in screening out potential health risks that can have a significant health impact," adds Purcell.
About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 50,000 babies born and counting. With 32 locations throughout MD, PA, VA, D.C., GA, and FL, we offer patients individualized care, accept most insurance plans, and make treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including treatment guarantees. More physicians refer their patients to SGF than any other center. Call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.
SOURCE Shady Grove Fertility
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