Tips for Egg Donor Agencies Part 2: Fill in All the Blanks
Posted Jan 04 2009 12:00am
Yet again, in a perfect world each egg donor would complete every answer on her egg donor profile. I know this is a nuisance for the agencies who post the egg donors when there are blanks but it is a huge frustration for the intended parents who might have been interested in cycling with an egg donor if she had completed her profile. I know from working with egg donors that sometimes egg donors may not always be cognizant of the fact that information on their application is their opportunity to be known as an individual and can make the difference as to being chosen or not. Sometimes egg donors may forget that this is not a cold and distant decision but a life changing decision for the intended parents.
The intended mother has already had to go through the heartbreak that of not being able to have a child that is biologically related to her. Intended parents want to find someone that feels like she could fit into their family.
These applications are the only way most intended parents can get any sense of what an egg donor candidate is like. If all an intended parent has to go on is a few clipped answers they can be left feeling no connection and no sense of why they would want to choose that particular egg donor's genes to fill such a monumental role within their family.
As an agency it's important to take the time to review every application before it is posted on your site to make sure the donor has take the time to put a bit of her personality into her profile. It may take you more time on the front end but it will save you oodles of time and money on the matching end. You may not even be aware of how often a donor has been passed over for lack of information.