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Informational Articles

The processes of surrogacy, egg/sperm donation, and embryo donation are complex and can feel overwhelming. These articles, written by Shelley M. Tarnoff or a colleague in the field, offer information to help you understand key aspects and guide you through the process.

Making the shift to egg donation can be a challenging one.  For many patients, coming to terms with the loss of a genetic connection means letting go of a life long dream.  Including a third party in family building efforts requires an adjustment, and selecting the “right donor” may be a daunting task...

What is the role of the agency?

What is the role of the attorney?

What are the arguments in favor of disclosing the fact of the ovum donation to resulting offspring?

When a family member offers to serve as your surrogate, it may seem like a dream come true. Thousands of dollars in agency fees can be saved, and it is comforting to have personal know- ledge of your surrogate's medical history and background. However, the closeness of the family relationship can lead to other areas of difficulty.

1. Select agency (if applicable), IVF Clinic, attorney

2. Complete screenings (medical, psychological)

3. Match with gestational carrier

4. Gestational Carrier screenings

5. Review of medical insurance...

Caught up in the magic of creating a life together, therapeutic abortion and selective reduction are not pleasant subjects to talk about. However, setting forth the terms and conditions of pregnancy termination is one of the most crucial aspects of contract negotiations and can help to avoid serious misunderstandings later on...


1.  Positive Interactions – Many challenges may be faced during the surrogacy process.  It’s important for the parties to communicate well with each other and have a mutual feeling of goodwill....

The importance of genetic counseling
The Importance of Genetic Counseling
by Amy Vance, MS, LCGC

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.

Undergoing infertility treatments can be one of the most challenging times in life.  Coping with medical procedures, emotional issues and financial pressures requires determination, commitment and courage. 

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