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July 2012 eNews

Donor Egg and Adoption

Patients for whom traditional IVF is unlikely to achieve pregnancy sometimes feel that adoption is the only family building option open to them. Of course, adopting a child can be a wonderful lifetime experience, but many patients who turn to adoption might become pregnant very quickly if they chose Donor Egg IVF.

Even patients who have experienced multiple failed traditional IVF cycles may become pregnant in just one or two Donor Egg IVF cycles. Unlike adoption, Donor Egg IVF allows a patient to experience pregnancy, control prenatal care and to deliver the baby herself. The child can be fathered by the patient's male partner or by using donor sperm.

Conceiving a child through Donor Egg IVF also allows patients to have as much privacy as they desire. The patient and her partner can decide whether or when to disclose the origins of the pregnancy to family members, colleagues and others. Adoption is a more "public" form of family building than donor egg, since the child arrives without the intended mother having been pregnant.

GIVF's egg donors are anonymous donors. Donors and patients do not meet and there is no need to interact with birth parents, as there often is in an adoption. The patient is the legal mother of the child she delivers, so Donor Egg IVF does not require the costly, lengthy legal processes sometimes involved with adoption, including home studies, court appearances and more.

GIVF offers a wide range of options for Donor Egg IVF patients, including both fresh and frozen donor eggs. A variety of financial options, include the Donor Egg Delivery Promise and multicycle programs make GIVF's donor egg program flexible and affordable. GIVF also works with donor egg patients from outside the greater Washington, DC area and is adept at making the process simple for patients. If you would like to find out if Donor Egg IVF is right for you, call 800.552.4363 or visit www.givf.com/donoreggivf.


What's New at GIVF

  • What Power Outage?

    In spite of a major storm that knocked out power for up to three million people in the mid-Atlantic region, GIVF was up and running providing monitoring and performing clinical procedures throughout. The power outage, which was ranked as the third worst in Virginia history, left as many as 250,000 still without power as of July 1. Thanks to its back-up generators and dedicated staff, GIVF has never closed its clinic in twenty-eight years.

  • Thinking about starting fertility treatment?

    GIVF offers IUI Plus

    GIVF is very happy to provide a new highly affordable treatment option to new patients seeking fertility treatment. IUI Plus provides the following great features:

    • Up to three IUIs for the price of two
    • Dollar-for-Dollar credit for IUI base fee costs against a future Multicycle or Delivery Promise IVF contract, if medically indicated.
    Read more about IUI Plus here.


Determining Parentage and Inheritance: A need for change
by Michelle Ottey, Phd, HCLD

On May 21, 2012 the Supreme Court ruled in Astrue v. Capato that twins conceived 18 months after the death of their father are not eligible to receive Social Security survivor benefits. The ruling stated that applicable state law does not allow them to inherit. This ruling should not go unnoticed. More than 100 similar cases are pending before the Social Security Administration.

Today men are freezing sperm to preserve their fertility in the face of cancer and, often before they are deployed to serve in war. It is time for state and national lawmakers to create a legal system that reflects the ways in which advanced reproductive technologies have changed how and when families are created. In this case, the US Supreme Court affirmed that the laws in the state of Florida could be used to deny survivors' benefits to the children of a man who froze sperm when he was dying of cancer with the express intention of allowing his wife to have his child or children after he died. These children are no less his children because they were conceived and born after his death.

In other cases, states and the federal government would deny benefits to children whose fathers died in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but had frozen sperm before their deployment for their wives to use in case they were injured or killed. There is no question that the children are the offspring of these deceased heroes, as paternity testing could prove, but antiquated laws and policies deny them the survivors' rights even though their fathers died defending our national honor.

Fairfax Cryobank's consent forms, like many clinics, include a section that requires clients to indicate whether they wish their sperm to be used after their death. We further advise our clients to work with a lawyer to draw up documents that establish their intent and ensure that their paper work meets the requirements of their home state. This is important because a few states, including Florida, deny rights to children who are posthumously conceived, while some other states simply do not address the issue in law and yet others expressly allow such children to receive their rights.

Unfortunately, therefore, whether children have rights depends on where they are born. This should not be the case. Children conceived and born from parents who have documented their intention to have their frozen sperm used by their partner should be viewed by the state and federal governments as equal to traditionally conceived children, with equal rights to benefits.

Why should government determine that the timing of when frozen sperm or frozen eggs are used is critical to whether the children who are born as a result are entitled to their full rights? It is time for lawmakers to catch up with 21st Century technology and the desires of 21st Century patients. They must acknowledge that what matters is who the intended father was, and not when a person is born.

Michelle Ottey is the Director of Operations for Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., two subsidiaries of the Genetics & IVF Institute, Inc.


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