Monthly Archives: December 2013

Looking forward, not back. CFC recounts 2013

Published December 31, 2013

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As 2013 comes to an end, I am doing what I have done each year that I have owned CFC. I am counting the number of babies born through our program in 2013, looking through our stats, and of course looking back at some of our most memorable cases. This year however, has been a little different. This year we fought the legal battle of our history, facing 27 criminal charges, laid in Feb of 2013. I woke up each day this year wondering, would the phone ring, would any clients trust me with this most precious time of their lives, would our current clients decide not to move forward with us. What a blessing that none of those things happened. We remained busy, the phone kept ringing- new clients, interested in working with us, and new surrogates, wanting to share their most special gifts with us, and the intended parents that they would soon turn into parents.

I also look back in amazement at the industry professionals who stood by our side- The lawyers, the Fertility clinics, and counselors who help our clients navigate this emotionally, and financially challenging times.

It has been tough to see some of the blog posts, and media reports slamming CFC, and me personally. I have often wondered where the misinformation has come from. Whether a report that clients money has been held up, or that we haven’t been caring for our clients, leaving them to fend for themselves, all of which were untrue.

We have decided to spend today as a team, looking at the past year, learning from our successes, as well as looking at ways that we can care for our Surrogates, and intended parents better. There is always room for improvement, and we are certainly ready to improve upon the service that we provide to everyone.

Thank you to all of our clients, industry professionals, and of course my family who has stuck by my side, as I navigated the most difficult time of my life (so far).



Top Ten Considerations when putting together an Egg Donor Legal Agreement

Published December 26, 2013

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1.Hire a Lawyer who has experience in Fertility Law, especially having dealt with Egg Donor agreements

2.Establish what the financial responsibilities are, on the part of the Recipient Couple for all expenses incurred – for the donor, the fertility clinic, as well as the legal costs

3. Include in the contract that the Recipient Couple will be financially and legally responsible for the child/ren, as well as all remaining eggs, and embryos.

4. All parties must sign consents at the Fertility clinic- ensuring that they understand the medical process/risks that they are undertaking. If either party has questions regarding the consents, they will have the chance to review them with their lawyer.

5. Intended parents, and the Donor must complete Infectious disease screening. Additionally, the Egg Donor must be medically/psychologically cleared by the Fertility clinic prior to the legal process beginning.

6. With recent breakthroughs in the preservation, or freezing of eggs, for later use in fertility treatment, it is important that clients consider how they will deal with excess embryos. As technology progresses, the period of time an embryo can be stored and used is likely to increase dramatically.

7. CFC to keep records on all parties in the event information is later needed for legal or medical reasons.

8. Outline confidentiality concerns and provide for privacy for all parties, or in known agreements, establish how/when contact will be made, and by which party.

9. Stipulate that the legal agreement is to be governed by Canada’s federal legislation.

10. Finally, and most importantly, ensure that you fully understand the agreement that you are entering into. There are no such things as unimportant questions. If it is important to you, it should be important to your lawyer. All clients come to this process, after going through their own journey. Ensuring that all parties you engage, including your fertility clinic, donor program, and lawyer, are caring, and committed to helping you navigate the legal process of engaging an Egg donor to help you build your family.

For further information on CFC’s new Egg Donor program, please contact us at 613 439 8701, or by emailing us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca



Who needs an Egg Donor?

Published December 23, 2013

Who needs an Egg Donor?

Egg Egg Donation in Canada

CFC works with many clients, who are needing to use Egg Donors to help them build their families. The following conditions or situations are typical candidates for donor eggs:

  • Early menopause or premature ovarian failure (POF)
  • Extremely poor egg quality
  • History of genetic disease
  • Ovaries do not respond to stimulation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Over the age of 40
  • Same sex male couples, who are also using a Gestational carrier
  • Single male who will be using a Gestational carrier

What is the process for selecting an egg donor?

The first step is to decide the characteristics you prefer are looking for in an egg donor- including, Education, Appearance, Race, Religion.The egg donor could be a family member, friend, or someone anonymous. Any potential egg donor should be screened as follows:

  • History of genetic/hereditary diseases
  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Psychological screening
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • Screening for drug/nicotine use

What is the medical process for the egg donor?

The egg donor will experience ovary stimulation using the same medications that a woman would use to stimulate her own egg development during in vitro fertilization. Ovulation induction will be done using a combination of medications. These medications will help prevent ovulation from occurring too early and also help stimulate the production of multiple eggs in the ovary.The donor will be monitored through ultrasound and blood work to determine when her follicles have developed. The hormone hCG is then administered and the eggs are retrieved about two days later. The donor has committed to this process for the last couple of months.

What is the process for the recipient couple?

Ideally, the recipient



Why women become Egg Donors

Published December 21, 2013

Why women become Egg Donors

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CFC works with many couples, who require an Egg Donor to build their family. Infertile couples who choose to use an egg donor have often exhausted many other fertility treatments through the years. They are either hoping to carry themselves, or alternately will be using a donor, and a Gestational surrogate to finally achieve parenthood. If you were to become an egg donor, you would give a couple/person the chance to finally achieve their dream of parenthood. You will be giving the gift of life.

The decision to become an egg donor should not be made without a great deal of thought. It is essential for you to be truthful, both to yourself and the fertility clinic, about your motivation to become an egg donor. If you do not anticipate the strong emotions that can result from egg donation, you may find yourself regretting your decision later.

The majority of women who donate their eggs do so to ease the struggle of couples who are infertile due to ovarian failure, cancer treatments, or to gay couples who will be using a Gestational surrogate to finally become parents. Many of these young women have a close friend or family member who has experienced infertility and wish to help another couple going through the same emotionally challenging experience.

When you become an egg donor, you will be reimbursed for your expenses associated with the appointments, and process. The nurses at the fertility clinic realize that during the egg donation process, your priorities will need to revolve around doctor’s appointments and medications for several weeks, and they will all do their best to accommodate your schedule.

If you have wanted to become an egg donor, but would like to find out more about the requirements, please contact our office to request an information packet. The ongoing success of our egg donation program relies on the generosity of women like you.

What donors have said about their Donor Experience: Knowing that I helped a couple achieve a pregnancy is the greatest gift, I’m so proud of this accomplishment

I have proven that my children are the greatest, by sharing this gift with the world. Why wouldn’t I want someone else to have children as amazing as mine

While doing my Masters in Biology, I became fascinated with the science of reproductive technology, after learning about it in a class I took. Becoming a donor was not only fulfilling emotionally, but also amazing from a scientific perspective

To contact us for further information, please email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca Or by calling our office at 613-439-8701



Guest post: A Surrogates point of view

Published December 17, 2013

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CFC wants to hear from Intended parents, and Surrogate Mothers

Published December 16, 2013

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What should parents be looking for in a Gestational Surrogate?

Published December 15, 2013

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Gestational surrogacy considerations

Canadian Fertility Consultants interviews many Intended parents, and Surrogates each week to assess suitability in our program. It is our goal to educate all parties on the process of Gestational Surrogacy as a viable option to either become parents, Or to help people become parents.

Intended parents often ask us, What should I be looking for in a Surrogate?

Our answer is this,

  • A women between 21-40 years old
  • Has had at least one full term, uncomplicated pregnancy
  • She has good social support- either spouse, family or friends to care for her during the pregnancy
  • Someone trustworthy- when you meet do you feel at ease?
  • Willing to submit to a Criminal record check
  • She is willing to be medically/psychologically screened by your Fertility clinic
  • She has access to appropriate medical care- including a hospital with an NICU
  • Her desire to help you is based on a genuine desire to help, not financially driven

When looking for a Gestational Surrogate, whether through an agency, or on your own, it is vitally important to consider the above criteria. There is also the matter of Values fit. Once you have assessed the above, we suggest that the next items for consideration, be as follows.

  • Do we share the same values regarding Selective Reduction/Termination for medical abnormalities
  • Will timely communication be possible- are we in the same time zone, how will we best communicate?
  • Are my expectations of this person realistic, or do I need to make some concessions
  • Will she allow us to be present during medical appts/the birth
  • What type of contact, if any, are we expecting during/post birth
  • Is she able to commit to this process- knowing it may be a 1-2 year process

Gestational Surrogacy is such a personal process, and no matter how you answer the above questions, it is important to ensure that you have a supportive team around you to help you through- Fertility Dr, Mental health professional, Lawyer, and in many cases, a Fertility consultant, or agency.

If you would like further information on How to find a Surrogate, please contact our office by calling 613 439 8701 Or email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca



Canadian Fertility Consultants Answers: Why is Life Insurance important for my Surrogate

Published December 12, 2013

Life Insurance for my Surrogate Mother

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Life insurance is a very important aspect of any Surrogacy agreement. Canadian Fertility Consultants works with a great Insurance representative, who takes care of our Surrogates, ensuring that they have a Surrogate friendly life insurance policy in place. It is common for a life insurance policy to be taken out for the surrogate mother for a period of one year, covering the entire duration of the surrogate pregnancy.

Most plans range from $250,000-500,000. In the contract, it should be discussed not only if a life insurance policy will be obtained, but who the benefactor of the policy will be.

For instance, some intended parents feel that they are investing a great amount of money in the surrogate pregnancy, and if their surrogate were to die unexpectedly, they would suffer a great financial loss. Some intended parents take out a separate policy on the surrogate with themselves as the benefactors, however this would be a rider, or separate policy. There would still need to be a policy in place to ensure the carriers family is also taken care of, if she were to pass away while carrying a surrogate pregnancy.

Life insurance is written into legal agreements, in two ways:

1. Life Insurance premiums to begin being covered, ONCE pregnancy is achieved

2. Life Insurance premiums to begin being covered, ONCE medications are started

CFC suggests that in order to get the most affordable policy, to go with option#1, as once a Surrogate is on medication, premiums can be more costly.

The contract should state, if a life insurance policy is to be obtained, who the benefactor is, how long the policy will be in effect, how much the policy is for, and who is to maintain the policy.

For further information on obtaining a Surrogate friendly life insurance policy, please contact us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca Or by calling our office at 613 439 8701

Canadian Fertility Consulting is more than happy to refer you to resources to help you with your journey, whether Fertility clinic, Life insurance agent, Lawyer, Mental health professional, or Chinese medicine practitioner.



A national review of the law of parentage declarations by. Ellen K. Embury

Published December 10, 2013



Canadian Fertility Consultants, Gestational Surrogacy Agreements

Published December 05, 2013

Surrogate

When Canadian Fertility Consultants works with new matches, (the intended parents and the gestational carrier) are required to enter into a Legal agreement, and are required to obtain independent legal advice. This is a requirement of not only CFC, but also the Fertility clinic that you will work with.

Canadian Fertility Consultants suggests that the following points should be covered:
* All parties must agree to undergo Medical/Psychological screening as required by the Fertility clinic
* The gestational carrier must agree to a period of abstinence prior/post embryo transfer as required by the Fertility clinic
* After conception has occurred, the gestational carrier and the gestational carrier