Intended Parent Blog

Welcome to Egg Donor Solutions Intended Parent Blog. This is a place for you to gain knowledge about Egg Donation and also talk with other intended parents who can directly relate to your experiences. Feel free to ask any questions and post comments. We want this to be a positive resource for you. We also welcome your feedback and how we can tailor the blog to meet your needs.

Questions Children Ask….

The messages that bring me the greatest satisfaction contains shared photographs of the families that I’ve had a small part in building. I look at those pictures and feel better about the future. I’m frequently asked how to respond to children’s questions.
Some of life’s more challenging questions originate with our children. The process of third-party assisted reproduction and the resulting families that are formed can be a source of questions for young children.

Wondering

 

Discovered secrets plant seeds of distrust. Secrets imply that the circumstance of your child’s beginning is something to be hidden and ashamed of. Mysteries also provoke curiosity and a need for discovery that might not otherwise be there. In answering those questions truth is always best but your answers must be properly framed for the child’s age and circumstance.

As parents we hear our children’s questions from a perspective that is quite different from theirs. We already understand the possible complexities of their questions. We’ve experienced and come to terms with the various social and cultural connotations implicit in the subject matter. However, a child’s question comes from a different place; a simple and innocent world. The accumulation of our own experiences can color and fill in the spaces between their words. Consequently, the question you think you hear may not be the question they have actually asked.

It’s important to shape your response in a thoughtful and age appropriate way. In time, the same question may require a different, more detailed answer. However, the central theme and tone of the message will always be the same; this family will always be a loving safe harbor. When you hear their questions ask yourself “what do they really want to know and what information do they need to process that answer”.

Your children are bright and curious. They are eager to understand the universe they find themselves in. When they are young their family is their world and you are the axis around which it turns. They want to know where and how they fit into that world. They want to feel safe, secure and loved. One of the greatest gifts parents can give their children is to nourish their own relationship. That implicitly adds to your child’s sense of security and stability.
We are evolutionarily programmed to spot trouble and social anomalies. It is a mechanism of self preservation. If children notice something that might be interpreted as “different”, they want to know that “difference” does not represent a challenge or threat to their social acceptance, security and the happiness of their family.

Our intuitive proclivity to identify differences is also a mechanism that defines affinity groups – this is another way humans preserve a community of interest and mutual survival.
Any answer needs to be framed in this context. At the same time we also need to be cautious not to unintentionally or prematurely inoculate them with issues they will be better able to wrap their arms around at a later stage of maturity.

Children are very perceptive; there cannot be a hint of defense or apology. They need to know that you are forthcoming, confident and comfortable about their beginnings and the structure of your family. Your answers must be positive and affirming.
At some point your child may feel that their family was formed in a “different” way. Even timing can be an issue; parenthood at an older age or in a subsequent marriage. These feelings of difference can be further compounded if yours is a one parent family or a family where both partners are of the same gender.

They need to be told that, “just like there are many different types of people, there are many types of families. It is OK to be different – EVERYONE is different is some way. We are all unique. Some children are born in hospitals, others are born at home. Building some families requires the help of others. In some cases no help is needed. Some parents are older – some are younger. There are families with one mom, families with one dad, families with one mom and one dad, families with two moms or two dads. There are families with one boy, two boys, one girl, two girls or a boy and a girl. There are many differences but there is one thing that is always the same; good families always love and take care of each other – just like we do. We have a good family”.

Here is list of additional resources you may wish to consult:

Grimes, Janice, (2004) Before You Were Born: Our Wish for a Baby. X, Y, and Me. LLC: Webster, IA, ISBN: 0-9755028-0-8 (This book addresses disclosing to children how they were conceived through ART techniques. This author has created a series of books to assist parents in this task and each one offers a different beginning depending on the method and circumstance (IVF, donor, single parent, surrogate, female or male partners, etc.)) Available through www.xyandme.com

Bourne, Kate, (2002) Sometimes it Takes Three to Make a Baby. Melbourne IVF, Victoria Australia. (Written for 3-9 year olds in 3 sections. The first is a story about donor conception to be read to the child. The second is “My Very Own Book About Me” – a record of the child’s personal conception story. The third section offers reassurance for children about their own story and answers to their questions) Available through www.mivf.com.au or wrayjone@watrose.com

Gordon, Elaine, (1992) Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From. EM Greenburg Press. (Written for ages 4-12 to help children understand about their unique origins) Available through www.amazon.com or www.elainegordon.com

Ehrensaft, Diane, (2005) Mommies, Daddies, Donors Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. Guilford Press. (Comprehensive book about the kinds of issues faced by families formed through third party reproductive technology. Excellent sections on how, when and what to tell your children). Available through www.amazon.com

Considine, Kaitlyn (2005) Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story. (Lessons for children in a same sex family – The publisher’s website is a resource center for LGBT families and their children). Available through www.twomombooks.com and www.twolives.com .

No job is more challenging, more important or more rewarding than parenthood. I wish you well.

Sylvia Marnella, Ph.D.

drmarnella@thechirp.org

www.TheChirp.org

Thinking about having an out of state donor? If so, you are in good hands…

Finding and selecting the right egg donor for your family can prove to be a stressful and challenging task. Many times, a perfect candidate with your criteria’s may not be available locally. Often than not, she may be living on the opposite geographic state you are in. No need to worry. If an out of state donor is your perfect choice but distance is more of your concern, our agency is just the right one to help you.  Egg Donor Solutions is a nationwide agency working with clinics, recipients, and egg donors across the country and WE make things possible.

Here are a few good reasons why an out of state donor can be a good choice for you:

First, most of our egg donors are willing to travel within the country. We discuss in each egg donor’s interview what it means to travel and the commitment involved. Upon match, we will double check all of this again with them ensure they have time off from school, work, or help at home if needed.

Travel fees are reasonable. Our team is committed to being good stewards of your money. We book travel for over half of our egg donor cycles and so our team finds affordable rates for your donor’s entire trip. We will estimate these fees initially and you will receive a refund of any unused expenses.

We will handle the scheduling. We work with your fertility clinic and your donor to ensure she is where she needs to be and when. You will not have to deal with any of the booking.

We assist your primary physician in setting you donor up for all her monitoring appointments. We will organize the scheduling and payment for all of her out of town appointments. This will free up the team at your clinic to focus on other aspects of the cycle.

If you would like to know more about finding Out-of-state egg donors, contact us and visit our website. Because at  Egg Donor Solutions, we are 100% committed to helping you build your family and we are excited to be a part of this journey with you.

This New Mom Did An Amazing Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor!

We know that each family is so grateful for the egg donor that is willing to give of themselves through this process. It is not a simple task and it takes a caring young women to be able to give in this way. However, it is also so heartwarming when we get to see firsthand how thankful a family is in receiving this gift. Dr. Shannon M. Clark and her husband Rene embody the grateful heart and show it firsthand.

Read their full story here featured in Glamour Magazine.

Dr. Clark is the founder of www.Babiesafter35.com