First-time donors are eligible for an extra $500 Summer Bonus for their time and efforts.
Shady Grove Fertility (SGF), home to the largest fresh-cycle egg donor program in the country, now offers full service egg donation centers in Tampa, FL and Richmond, VA. These new locations expand SGF’s donor egg treatment program, creating greater access for egg donors and larger selection for egg donor recipients.
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. SGF recruits and prescreens (medically, psychologically, and genetically) all prospective, ready-to-cycle egg donors prior to listing them on the SGF donor registry.
“SGF offers a egg donors truly compassionate, personalized care. We understand the intimate nature of fertility treatment and exhibit compassion and empathy at every turn. While neither recipients nor donors are given any identifying information about one another, the recipient is given a wealth of information about the donor in order to aid in the selection process,” says Michele Purcell, MHA, RN, Director, Specialty Programs.
Egg donors have made parenthood possible for thousands of individuals and couples at SGF. In fact, more than 8,000 SGF patients have become parents thanks to the generosity of egg donors, whom are compensated generously by SGF for their time, effort, and commitment, not for their actual oocytes/eggs. SGF compensates its donors at various points throughout the prescreening and donation process.
“As I was contemplating donating my eggs, friends and family reminded me to never underestimate the impact that I could have on someone else’s life. Funny, as now, I feel like my life has also been forever changed. By giving something so precious away to someone in need, I felt immeasurable, indescribable joy in return,” adds one former SGF egg donor.
Under SGF’s stringent screening requirements, 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. “We take our screening process very seriously and are intentionally selective in order to protect the health of the baby and the intended mother,” adds Purcell.