Having Your Baby through Egg Donation

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Increasingly, friends, family members or physicians are asking, Have you thought about egg donation? It is asked of women who have lost ovaries (or ovarian function) to cancer treatment, women born without ovaries or having lost them to surgery, women unable to attempt pregnancy until over 30, young women being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, and gay couples, more and more of whom are considering parenthood.

Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation is a comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them. It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: Are we candidates for egg donation? Will it work? How much does it cost? How do we find a donor? How do we talk about our decision with others? How will we tell our children? Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined: Can a donor truly have informed consent Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for 'time and effort' or for their eggs?

In simple, clear, informative, and sensitive language, the book addresses feelings that arise for individuals and couples facing egg donation decisions and provides information, understanding and guidance for prospective families and the professionals who support them in their the journey.

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Increasingly, friends, family members, or physicians are asking , "Have you thought about egg donation?" It is asked of women who have lost ovaries (or ovarian function) to cancer treatment, women born without ovaries or having lost them to surgery, women unable to attempt pregnancy until they were over 30, young women being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, and gay couples, more and more of whom are considering parenthood through collaborative reproduction.

Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation is the first comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova. It takes readers through the decision making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: "Are we candidates for egg donation?" "Will it work?" "How much does it cost?" "How do we find a donor?" "Should we ask a family member or work with a stranger?" "How do we talk about our decision with others?" "How will we tell our children?" Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined: "Can a donor truly have informed consent?" "Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for ‘time and effort’ or for their eggs?" Perhaps the thorniest question of all is "How old is too old?"

For readers facing the unfamiliar new terrain of ovum donation, Ellen Sarasohn Glazer and Evelina Weidman Sterling are wise and compassionate guides. In simple, clear, informative, and sensitive language, they address feelings that arise for individuals and couples facing egg donation decisions. Drawing from different and complementary areas of expertise-Glazer is a counselor and infertility coach, Sterling a public health specialist and medical ethicist-they provide readers with information and understanding

About the Author:

Ellen Sarasohn Glazer is a clinical social worker based at a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts specializing in infertility, adoption, third party reproduction, pregnancy loss and parenting after infertility. The long awaited arrivals of daughters Elizabeth and Mollie inspired Ellen's work in the field of reproductive medicine.

Evelina Weidman Sterling is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. An experienced Certified Health Education Specialist, she has worked for the American association for Health Education, Health Resources and the American Heart Association. Evelina lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

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