- Adoption and Foster Child Adoption
- Donor Oocyte Agencies—We will work with most (but not all!) of the oocyte donation agencies nationwide. Please go to the link above to see a list of agencies we have had the best experience with over the years.
- Fertility Pharmacies—We have compiled a list of pharmacies specializing in fertility medications. These pharmacies not only have the lowest prices but also stock all the medications you might need and they will provide professional, knowledgeable care.
- Gestational Surrogacy Agencies—This document lists gestational surrogacy agencies we have worked most closely with.
- Emotional and Mental Health Support—We know that undergoing treatment can be difficult and emotionally trying for many. We want to make sure you are well supported and have partnered with Organic Conceptions to provide support to you at no cost. If you are more comfortable seeking individual treatment with a psychological professional, here's a list of mental health providers and resources as well as psychological counseling options.
Finding An Egg Donor
When considering the egg donation treatment it is critical to look at the fertility potential of the egg donor. The selection process includes finding the best physical match, reviewing the medical history of the donor, considering the educational background and getting a feel for the donor’s personality. These are all very important when narrowing down the selection process.
The donor’s fertility potential should be considered before the final selection process is made with the egg donor agency. Parts of the history that would suggest good fertility potential are listed below:
- Age under 32
- Regular Menstrual Cycles (when not taking birth control pills)
- Prior Pregnancies (Full term or abortions)
- Dependable Personality
- Prior Egg Donation Cycle
– That resulted in a pregnancy
– There were extra embryos frozen from that cycle
– High implantation rate
Finding A Surrogate
Choosing a surrogate to carry your child can be a difficult task. Surrogates put a lot into the process and being sure that the surrogate is truly “on board” is important. Selecting a surrogate that is dependable and committed to the whole process from embryo transfer to delivery will keep the relationship between you and your surrogate much less stressful.
Some women are better suited for a safe pregnancy than others. A safe pregnancy for both surrogate and baby is the goal. The following should be considered in selecting an ideal donor:
- At least one prior full term pregnancy
- No history of pregnancy complications: Gestational diabetes, high blood pressure in pregnancy,
preterm labor, blood clots
- No more than 2 cesarean sections
- BMI less than 30 (Sometimes can be slightly higher)
- No major medical problems
- Good Nutritional Habits
Finding a Surrogate
Finding an Acupuncturist
Please find below a list of mental health professionals we recommend:
Maria Rivas-Wolf, MFT
520 S. El Camino, Ste 318, San Mateo, CA 94402
Amy R. Swenson, LMFT
2901 Moorpark Ave., Ste 270, San Jose, CA 95128
Qin Fan, Psy.D.
870 Market Street, Ste. 659, San Francisco, CA 94102
Dr. Sharon Humphrey, Psy.D.
Redwood City, CA
*Also offers pregnancy loss support group
Fertility Coaching/Consulting services:
Other available resources are:
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: or resolve.org
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Find a health care provider or treatment for substance abuse disorder and mental health:
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and TTY 1-800-487-4889