‘This is an important event. At last we have all in one place a that addresses the emotions, ethics, psychology and practical tasks faced by any woman (and her partner) contemplating building a family with the help of egg donation and then raising those children. …all the ethical and emotional issues are familiar and addressed in depth. Indeed there are some assumptions and practices that challenge current thinking in the UK and provide fresh perspective. I will be very happy to recommend this book to our members.’ - Olivia Monuschi, Founder Member Donor Conception Network UK, and mother of two donor-conceived young people
Increasingly, friends, family members or physicians are asking, ‘Have you thought about egg donation?’ It is asked of women who have lost ovaries (or ovarian function) to cancer treatment, women born without ovaries or having lost them to surgery, women unable to attempt pregnancy until over 30, young women being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, and gay couples, more and more of whom are considering parenthood.
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation is a comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them. It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: ‘Are we candidates for egg donation?’ ‘Will it work?’ ‘How much does it cost?’ ‘How do we find a donor?’ ‘How do we talk about our decision with others?’ ‘How will we tell our children?’ Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined: ‘Can a donor truly have informed consent?’ ‘Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for “time and effort” or for their eggs?’
In simple, clear, informative, and sensitive language, the book addresses feelings that arise for individuals and couples facing egg donation decisions and provides information, understanding and guidance for prospective families and the professionals who support them in their the journey.