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Check out: Living the “New Normal”

Friday, September 28th, 2012

There are lots (and LOTS) of things you need to know as you start out on a family building journey through egg donation and/or surrogacy. And we hope that you’ll consider allowing  The Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE & The Surrogacy SOURCE) to help you on these fronts. We want to make this journey as smooth as possible for you as well as support you in a way that fits your unique family building needs.

However, along with the long list of things you’ll need to know there are also some things you’ll need during this time that are more “felt” than “known.” One of the most significant things in this category is feeling that you’re not alone and that you have community around to help you process the ups and downs of this incredible journey! Here at The Fertility SOURCE Companies we understand that there is no substitute for community which is why we’re trying to explore and engage with the LGBT community to see how they’re building families and what their needs are. Even though this may be outside of what an agency traditionally does, we believe that you feeling supported in this journey is enough reason for us to help you find affirming space where it’s already available and thriving!

(Picture via “Living The New Normal”)

Most recently, we’ve discovered an amazing online community called “Living The New Normal” through our involvement with the Men Having Babies conferences in New York and Barcelona. We wanted to pass it along to all of you who may have grown or are thinking of growing your families through assisted conception.

So go out, get talking, find community, and let us know if we can help with your egg donation and/or surrogacy needs along the way!


Traci Medeiros-Bagan

FSC|Third Party Reproduction LGBT Coordinator

Traci’s academic background is in Gender Studies with a focus in Sexuality and her career background is in counseling and diversity education. She believes in the strength of families of choice and is passionate about offering affirming options for egg donation and/or surrogacy to the LGBT community looking to grow their families. You can friend Traci on FB to stay up to date with issues pertaining to assisted conception for LGBT individuals.

“Less Kitsch and More Class”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Ryan Murphy: The New Normal

The portrayal of gay families and surrogates is a touchy issue. While gay families definitely aren’t new, the discussion and portrayal of them in mainstream media is just starting to hit its stride. As with any budding forum, the fewer the voices the louder each one of them rings and the more clout they hold. So it’s understandable that those that are living embodiments of the subject matter would have some strong opinions about how gracefully the discussion is starting to take shape.

I came across this article on entitled: “What’s Wrong with the New Normal.” While it had a couple of biting lines, including a call for “less kitsch and more class,” I thought it was well thought out, held space for other’s opinions, referenced the author’s ownership over a singular opinion (that seemed to come from the heart), and was generally… well… classy. The tone of the article also seemed to offer structure for those commenting to respond with their opinions in a similar way. The comments were overwhelmingly respectful and held a, “I get that/don’t get that, but here’s what I think” vibe. I thought this article and the comments to it were great examples of how we can hold thoughtful safe space for each other, even when the other holds a point of fervent disagreement.

So what are YOUR thoughts on how accurately the “New Normal” portrays the “new normal”?

Traci Medeiros-Bagan
FSC|Third Party Reproduction LGBT Coordinator
As an ardent musical fan who was sorely disappointed with the pilot episode of Glee but over time fell in love with how the show created serious discussion space that was simultaneously colorful, campy, and courageous, Traci is holding out that the kitsch of The New Normal may pull you in but that the heartfelt class is on its way.

Khloe Kardashian looks into fertility treatments in hopes of having baby with husband Lamar Odom

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Despite previously insisting she and husband Lamar Odom will try for a baby the old-fashioned way, Khloe Kardashian is now reportedly looking into alternatives.

The youngest Kardashian sister, who has been very vocal about her desire to get pregnant, is now looking into fertility treatments, TMZ reports.

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Fertility SOURCE Companies Attends International LGBT Family Building Event in Barcelona, Spain

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Second European Conference on LGBT Families welcomes almost 1000 people from 23 different European countries.
Irvine, California – May 31, 2012—Fertility SOURCE Companies’ (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE) International Development Liaison, Jamie Williams was in attendance at the groundbreaking Second European Meeting of LGBT Families in Barcelona, Spain alongside families and industry experts from over 20 countries. The conference featured an elaborate agenda, covering a wide ranging selection of topics from real-world parenting experiences to international legal issues and civil rights and social equality for the LGBT community.

Among the event highlights was the surrogacy seminar on ‘European Men Having Babies’. There has been an increasing desire to become parents among gay European couples. However, resources about the topic are often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find. Since 2005, The ‘Men Having Babies’ seminar has helped hundreds of men navigate the complicated road to parenting through surrogacy.

“Fertility SOURCE Companies was excited to participate in the ‘Men having Babies’ conference as we realize there is a growing need to help both the International and LGBT communities understand the sometimes overwhelming pathway to parenthood. Our surrogacy staff who themselves have been surrogates, stand ready to help with cycle coordination, making the process go as smoothly as possible. Our egg donation staff of seasoned case managers, including a certified IVF nurse practitioner are always at hand, going the extra mile to ensure their intended parents are cared for with the utmost compassion and skill. Fertility SOURCE Companies has many contacts for needed referrals to attorneys, fertility centers and psychologists that are experienced and welcome the opportunity to work with both the International and LGBT communities.” Says Donna Raidy, COO and Director of Egg Donor Case Management
As one of the largest egg donor and surrogacy agencies in the United States, Fertility SOURCE Companies has many unique benefits to offer intended parents of the international community. The international team includes Jamie Williams, International Development Liaison, Tricia Turner, Manager of Surrogacy Case Management, and Donna Raidy, COO and Director of Egg Donation Case Management. Each team member has extensive experience in the field, contacts within the industry and access to top-notch candidates to be egg donors and surrogates. Any major concerns ranging from dual citizenship to travel arrangements, to finding a translator or a qualified legal representative can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

The legal process for international surrogacy and egg donation is often more complex for hopeful parents of the LGBT community. Fertility SOURCE Companies offers exceptional resources and support for LGBT individuals and couples interested in third party reproduction in the US. The United States is often a top destination for international third party reproduction because of friendly fertility laws, highly regulated medical care, favorable exchange rate, and a safe and easy return home.
About Fertility SOURCE Companies:

Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE) has served the third party reproduction needs of the fertility community for over eight years. Its clients are able to choose from one of the most comprehensive egg donor and surrogacy databases in the country, containing over 1400 available egg donors as well as over 20 gestational carriers from all parts of the country. Each of Fertility SOURCE Companies egg donors and surrogates are personally met, carefully screened and counseled, and ready to be matched with intended parents.

Fertility SOURCE Companies, registered with the FDA and compliant with all regulations and standards set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has served over 2,000 satisfied Intended Parents since inception.
To learn more about international surrogacy and egg donation at Fertility SOURCE Companies,
call (877) 375-8888 or you can visit:;; or .

Neil Patrick Harris opens up about surrogacy to Oprah

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has opened up his home to Oprah Winfrey as part of a revealing new interview about fatherhood.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star and his partner, David Burtka, who are parents to 19-month-old twins Gideon and Harper, invited the media mogul to their sprawling estate for the TV chat.
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Dr. Richard Scott of RMA NJ Receives Prestigious Medical Achievement Award

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE & The Surrogacy SOURCE) would like to shout out a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Richard Scott of RMA NJ – for receiving the Prestigious Medical Achievement Award From Bonei Olam.

The award recognizes Scott’s contributions to the Bonei Olam mission and his significant achievements in reproductive medicine. Bonei Olam is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to helping Jewish couples overcome the challenges of infertility. The award was presented at Bonei Olam’s Annual Boro Park Dinner on May 6, 2012

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“The Medical Achievement Award demonstrates our appreciation for Dr. Scott and his entire team at RMANJ and RMA Genetics. Bonei Olam has a close working relationship with RMANJ, and we have many patients in New Jersey who utilize their services,” said Chaim Jalas, Director of Genetics Resources & Co-Director Patient Services. “RMANJ’s cutting edge work has advanced the science in the field of reproductive medicine and helped to advance the cause of Bonei Olam.”

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire RMANJ team. Like Bonei Olam, we are dedicated to helping couples achieve their dream of parenthood,” said Dr. Scott. “In addition to having among the highest IVF success rates in the country, the team at RMANJ is keenly aware that everyone’s pathway to parenthood is unique and we work hard to address each patient’s particular needs.”

Added Dr. Eli Rybak from RMANJ’s Englewood office, “The team at RMANJ is sensitive to the many different cultural and religious needs of our patients and makes every accommodation possible to ensure that they are met. Specifically, we offer on-site Hashgacha upon request, and our physicians are eager and always available to speak with Rabbonim and Dayonim in the community to assure world-class treatment that is also rigorously Al Pi Halacha.”

About Bonei Olam Bonei Olam is an international organization dedicated to helping couples overcome the challenge of infertility. Bonei Olam is one of the leading agencies providing referrals for infertility related issues. Bonei Olam has built a rapport with the leading doctors and centers providing their clients the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey have pioneered and successfully implemented a cutting-edge technology, known as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) to more accurately detect healthy embryos that will lead to successful pregnancies and ultimately healthy babies. Other centers have attempted similar testing methods, but RMANJ is the only fertility center in the world to have developed a system of unprecedented accuracy, fully validated through years of rigorous clinical research. RMANJ’s Comprehensive Chromosome Screening offers advanced embryo selection with extreme accuracy by detecting and avoiding use of embryos with chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer and pregnancy.

The fertility experts at RMANJ have among the highest IVF success rates in the country. Since 1999, they have helped bring more than 20,000 babies to loving families. In addition to serving as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, the practice has six locations in New Jersey. For more information please call RMANJ at 973-656-2089, or visit

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Fertility SOURCE Companies Continues Outstanding Success with
Record-Breaking Month for Egg Donor and Surrogacy Matches

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Irvine, California –  Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE) is proud to announce yet another record-breaking month for matching intended parents with egg donors and surrogate mothers. In the month of March, Fertility SOURCE Companies facilitated 40 egg donation matches, and 8 surrogacy matches.

The recent success of Fertility SOURCE Companies (FSC), one of the largest egg donor and surrogacy agencies in the United States, is attributed to their high quality services, dedicated staff and new business development strategies.

“The staff at FSC genuinely care about what they do. They don’t view their jobs as just work. Every staff member has a personal story in their past that makes them passionate about helping intended parents realize their dream of parenthood.” – Susan Bloom, Director of Marketing and Donor Recruitment

The staff of Fertility SOURCE Companies has been instrumental to the company’s outstanding growth, providing intended parents, donors and surrogates with exceptional service. Donor and surrogate case managers are located throughout the country in the area of the fertility centers they are servicing. They work closely with those fertility centers in order to provide recipient parents with the most attentive care possible.

“All of our surrogate case managers are uniquely sensitive to the needs of the intended parents they work with, having had personal experience with surrogacy themselves.” – Tricia Turner, Manager of Surrogacy Case Management

“Our donor case managers possess a unique blend of responsibility and compassion that allows trust from the recipient couples they work with.” – Donna Raidy, Director of Donor Case Management

At FSC, recipient parents have access to one of the largest online interactive databases in the country with over 1450 egg donors and 25 surrogate mother candidates from a variety of backgrounds. All potential donors and surrogates must complete a rigorous screening process, which only yields a 2% pass rate. The stringent standards result in an exceptional pool of candidates. The focus on high quality donors and surrogates versus high quantity, has earned Fertility SOURCE Companies trust and respect within the fertility community.

“FSC has cultivated a dominant position on the web in terms of search engine presence and social media marketing, through both internal initiatives and the help of trusted provider IV Interactive.” – Susan Bloom, Director of Marketing and Donor Recruitment

“Our outstanding performance in March is a reflection of the strong support we enjoy in the fertility world for both our egg donation and surrogacy divisions. Our people, organization, systems, and surrogate and egg donor databases are all responsible for the commanding position we enjoy among third party reproduction agencies. We appreciate the support given to us by the fertility world and intend to continue to give back superior service to their patients.” – Steve Masler, CEO.

Both lesbian moms have parental rights, Florida court rules

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

They fell in love, moved in together in a house in central Florida and had a baby girl. Now they are fighting over who should raise the child. But unlike most couples, they are two women. One donated the egg. The other had it implanted into her womb and carried the child to term.

So which one is the mother? The woman who bore the child says it is she and she alone.
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‘Octomom’ in one-child China stuns public

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

BEIJING – The photo was undeniably cute: a studio portrait of eight babies in identical onesies and perky white cotton hats, sporting an array of expressions from giggly to goofy, baffled to bawling. ntended as an advertisement for the studio, the photo grabbed a different kind of attention: In a country that limits most couples to one child, many Chinese were amazed to learn that a couple had spent nearly a million yuan ($160,000) and illegally enlisted two surrogate mothers to help have the four boys and four girls.

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Heavier women may have less IVF success

Friday, August 26th, 2011

(Reuters) – The heavier a woman is, the more trouble she may have getting pregnant and having a baby through in vitro fertilization, or IVF — and may lose the baby more often, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers led by Barbara Luke of Michigan State University found that women who were overweight or obese were less likely to become pregnant using fertility treatments than normal-weight women.

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