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.