The clinic we are using now does not have a DE pool
Mrs. M (no login) Posted May 7, 2011 6:31 PM
so the first step for us was to find a donor. The DE coordinator at our clinic gave us a list of some agencies to start with and I also did some research online. I went online and inquired at several agencies and they gave me access to review donor profiles. I spent several months looking a profiles and choosing a donor. In the end for us a proven donor was out highest priority because we were really hoping only to do it once. A word of caution some agencies use the word "experienced" to imply donor has resulted is successful pregnancies. If you see that lingo you need to ask for specific info (#cycles, # of mature follicles retrieved, #pregnancies and # live births) to clarify if the donor is actually proven. Using an outside agency and donor is definitively more expensive than the in house pools. The other disadvantage is there were some issues with the agency getting out donor's info. to our clinic in a timely manner. There was not a clinic near us with a donor pool so we did the separate donor agency deal. In hindsight, it might have been worth traveling to Maryland for the Shady Groove shared risk guarantee program. Having spent nearly $30,000 and being down to one frostie is pretty scary. i think the best advice if you decide to do DE is to research what is available in your area and then post your specific questions on this board. the ladies here are great and always willing to offer advice and share experiences.