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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 .

Fertility SOURCE Companies Continues Rapid Growth with Record-Breaking First Quarter

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Fertility SOURCE Companies has experienced record-breaking earnings for the first quarter of 2011 and tremendous internal growth.

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2011

Fertility SOURCE Companies, parent company of The Donor SOURCE, The Surrogacy SOURCE and Prospective Families, has announced record-breaking earnings for the first quarter of 2011. The financial growth of the company is reflected in a number of key areas. Fertility SOURCE Companies has doubled the size of its headquarters, expanded their professional team and dramatically increased donor and surrogate matches despite a sputtering economy.

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 people 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 creating pathways to parenthood.” – Jacqlyn Rough, Director of Business Development

The staff of Fertility SOURCE Companies has been instrumental to the company’s 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.

“Having personal experience with surrogacy themselves, all of our surrogate case managers are able to offer a unique level of compassion and insight into the process.” – Jamie Williams, Surrogate Program Director

“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 1250 donors and 25 surrogates 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.

In 2011, business development strategies have been put into effect to increase exposure by reaching out to fertility practices across the country. This has helped to raise awareness about available services, identify customer needs and develop new connections in the fertility world. FSC also utilized its strong web presence to create new business opportunities through a variety of online marketing strategies.

“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 I.V. Interactive.” – Susan Bloom, Director of Donor Recruitment and Marketing

Fertility SOURCE Companies has experienced tremendous growth both financially and internally in the first quarter of 2011. As a dynamic organization aiming to cultivate their business, Fertility SOURCE Companies is optimistic that trend will continue throughout the year.

“Our outstanding performance in the first quarter of 2011 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 expect to continue our strong performance throughout 2011 notwithstanding any difficulties in the overall economic environment. 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

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Egg Donors Happy They Helped Out: Study

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Most women who serve as egg donors retain a positive take on their experience a year later, new research indicates.

Researchers polled 75 egg donors at the time of egg retrieval and one year later, and found that the women remained happy, proud and carefree about their experience.

“Up until now we’ve known that donors are by and large very satisfied by their experience when it takes place,” said study lead author Andrea M. Braverman, director of complementary and alternative medicine at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey in Morristown. “And now we see that for the vast majority the positive experience persists.”

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ABC News: Military Wives Turn To Surrogacy

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

There are an estimated 1,000 surrogate pregnancies each year in the United States. Surrogate agencies say 15 to 20 percent of surrogate babies nationwide are born to military wives — even though the military makes up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population.

Surrogacy has long been a hot topic in military circles. It was featured in the pilot episode of the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” in which the show’s protagonist secretly becomes a surrogate to earn money to get her family out of debt.

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In Vitro Fertilization Leads to More Baby Boys, Study Finds

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Very interesting study on the correlation between baby boys born through IVF

(Sept. 28) — Test-tube babies are more likely to be boys, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales reviewed the records of approximately 13,400 babies born in Australia and New Zealand since 2006 whose parents used in vitro fertilization and found that 56.1 percent of the children were boys.

“When you convert that to sex ratio at birth, that’s around 128 boys to 100 girls — that’s quite significant,” Jishan Dean, a doctoral student who participated in the research, told the Australian Associated Press.

The study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, does not offer an explanation as to why in vitro fertilization, or IVF, seems to increase the odds of having a boy.

As of 2006, an estimated 3 million children had been born with the assistance of IVF since Louise Brown became the world’s first so-called test-tube baby in 1978.

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Join the AFA in Boston at MJ O’Connor’s for EVERYTHING FERTILITY Sept 14th at 6pm

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Everything Infertility: Infertility 101 for the People of Boston

By The American Fertility Association

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2010 – 5:27 am
BOSTON, Sept. 7 — /PRNewswire/ — It’s simple: you want to have a baby. And it’s not so simple: you want to have a baby. As with every monumental endeavor, the path to parenthood is uniquely unpredictable, but navigating through the obstacles is easier when you have the facts, and know your options.

The American Fertility Association (The AFA) and Fertility SOURCE Companies will host a complimentary dinner and casual conversation about everything you need to know on starting a family. The discussion will touch on how to prevent infertility, information about all aspects of infertility treatment including: Intra Uterine Insemination, In Vitro Fertilization and ICSI, pursuing egg and sperm donors, and information on surrogacy.

Merle Berger, MD, and Susan Pinnell, RN, BSN, of Boston IVF, will lead the discussion about infertility treatments, and Susan Crockin, Esq., of Crockin Law and Policy Group, will be on hand to discuss the legalities around third party options.

“An informal small setting provides a wonderful and unique opportunity to comfortably ask questions and find answers to both specific and sensitive concerns,” says Susan Crockin, Esq.

This FREE event, along with complimentary buffet dinner, is open to anyone who’d like to attend, and will be held Tuesday, September 14th, 6:00 PM at MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub, 27 Columbus Ave. at Park Plaza in Boston.

“A pub. A beauty salon. A restaurant. These are just some of the ‘non-traditional’ places The AFA has held educational events,” says Executive Director Ken Mosesian. “The reason is simple: when people relax, they’re able to open up and to learn more easily.”

Infertility impacts about 7.3 million Americans, and equally affects both men and women. Many emotional aspects accompany this disease state, but it’s important for all hopeful parents to know they’re not alone.

“It has been a fulfilling 15 years being able to help patients through their very personal journey to expand their family,” says Susan Pinnell, RN, BSN. “My role consists of setting realistic expectations through education, offering compassion and support as difficult decisions are made, and sometimes just being a good listener.”

The event is free, but reservations are required; contact Corey Whelan at or 718.853.1411.

Media inquiries, contact:

Merry Armentrout, Director of Communications
The American Fertility Association

About The AFA:

The American Fertility Association, a 501 (c)(3) national non-profit organization, is a resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. The AFA’s services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation.

Contact us at, visit or call 888.917.3777

Media inquiries regarding Fertility SOURCE Companies, contact:

Susan Bloom, Director of Donor Recruitment

About Fertility SOURCE Companies

Fertility SOURCE Companies has one of the largest and most comprehensive egg donor and surrogacy programs in the country … creating pathways to parenthood. The agency’s commitment is to provide the most compassionate and skilled care to couples seeking third-party assisted reproduction services.

Contact us at 877.375.8888; visit

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Hardship Happens

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Aug. 25, 2010

by Arika Avedano, Senior Case Manager for Northern California and Nevada, The Donor SOURCE, August 25, 2010

IVF, especially donor IVF, can be a long and difficult road. However, there is no denying that it boasts the most amazing payoff. There is nothing you will love more than the child (or children!) born into your home through the amazing dedication of your physician, clinic coordinators, case managers, egg donor and other cycle staff.

When IVF Plans Take a Detour

As an Intended Parent, it’s important to remain positive. You certainly know by now, life throws you curve balls, and IVF is certainly no exception to this rule. ANYTHING can happen, and it’s our job as your case manager to help you through it, good and bad.

While The Donor SOURCE does everything we can to prepare your donor for the cycle ahead, sometimes life happens, and she is unable to proceed forward with the cycle. Whether it is due to a change in her schedule or to failing a portion of the testing implemented by your physician, The Donor SOURCE is committed to finding you a new donor and continuing on the Pathway to Parenthood with you.

Note: Each physician has his or her own set of criteria that go beyond the industry standards. It’s important that you speak with your physician to understand his or her requirements and what testing your donor will undergo.

The Donor SOURCE’s goal is to get you to retrieval, but we understand that sometimes these unfortunate events can be too much to bear, and there comes a time to sit back and reevaluate the situation.

Take Some Time

If plans should detour off course, allow yourself a grieving period. This can range from a couple weeks to a few months.

At this stage of IVF treatment, there seems to be a sense of urgency, but we caution you to take the time to absorb the sadness and disappointment.This time is vital, as it will help clear your head and heart, thus enabling you to jump back into the process with your “A” game.

Sometimes the “A” game is jumping back in with both feet with a new donor, or perhaps it could even be time to step away from IVF treatments altogether. Whatever the next step is, The Donor SOURCE has rematch and refund policies in place to make the transition easier for all parties involved. Be certain to read your contract thoroughly and ask your case manager any questions you may have.

Somewhere, there is someone (or something) with a plan for us all. Whether you believe in God, fate, or that everything happens for a reason, holding onto this will help keep you centered. Oftentimes, proceeding forward with your backup plan (or even your backup, backup plan) ends up being the best path.

Remember, the best things in life are often the most difficult to ascertain.

Arika Avedano, The Donor SOURCE’s Senior Case Manager for Northern California and Nevada, has worked extensively in both the medical and third-party reproductive fields. She has experience assisting ovum donors and intended parents in all capacities of the egg donation and surrogacy process. Arika’s exceptional communication skills and commitment to professionalism guide our clients through the remarkable experience of egg donation with compassion and efficiency. Arika feels privileged to unite donors with intended parents and assist in the beautiful process of building a family.

Transitioning from an IVF Cycle to an IVF Egg Donation Cycle

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The American Fertility Association wrote a great article about the difficult decision to use an egg donor when IVF seems to be unsuccessful. Many parents struggle with the intimate decision to use a donor egg, but sometimes it becomes the only option. It only seems appropriate to re-post the article here.

Infertility is an unexpected obstacle for many people, and the journey can be unpredictable. Patients may find themselves at a crossroads after multiple failed attempts with fertility treatments, and begin to look for other options. The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a national non-profit organization which provides educational resources and support to men and women, especially those trying to conceive, and Fertility SOURCE Companies, one of the largest and most comprehensive egg donor and surrogacy programs in the country, are partnering together to provide a one-stop-shop for patients looking for information on donor egg cycles.

With the help of a grant from Fertility Source Companies, The AFA created a comprehensive fact sheet, embedded with an informational video on transitioning from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to a donor egg IVF cycle. This decision can be overwhelming, and this fact sheet aims to help lessen the burden on patients by providing information on the medical procedure, legal aspects that come with choosing an egg donor, and psychological support.

“The educational information included in this video and fact sheet is invaluable to our intended parents transitioning from a traditional IVF cycle to an egg donor,” says Susan Bloom, the Director of Recruitment for The Donor SOURCE. “The best ammunition we can give our intended parents is knowledge and education about the process they are about to undertake, along with the resources to have all their medical and legal questions answered.” Bloom continues, “at The Donor SOURCE, we pride ourselves in the guidance we give our intended parents every step of the way, from matching them with a donor to their IVF transfer.”

The AFA is committed to supporting men and women in creating their families by continually providing updated educational material and outreach events on infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. The AFA’s website features an extensive online library, weekly newsletter, webinars and toll-free help line which are part of the many tools available to consumers free of charge.

“Because of the generous support of Fertility SOURCE Companies, The AFA is able to continue to provide first-rate education for infertility patients,” says Ken Mosesian, Executive Director for The AFA. “The family building journey has many inherent challenges, and our goal is to provide educational support to intended parents so they can make informed decisions with confidence.”

Making the decision to move from IVF to a donor egg cycle is a personal one. The AFA and Fertility SOURCE Companies are excited to work together on this project, in hopes of arming patients with as much information as possible, so the decision will be an informed one.

To see the video and download the entire fact sheet please paste this into your browser:

The Aniston Syndrome : What happens to women who wait too long to have a baby?

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

A fantastic article by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Committment and Motherhood. It follows several women through the many dimensions of their realization that they, indeed, waited too long to get pregnant.

First U.S. IVF Baby Has a Baby of Her Own

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Elizabeth Comeau, born Elizabeth Carr, is 29 now, and she and her husband welcomed their first child, Trevor James Comeau, at 2:05 a.m. yesterday in Boston. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and, his mother writes on the Web, he was conceived naturally.