By Mary Ellen McLaughlin

In the years I’ve been a partner of ARR, I’ve helped match hundreds of intended parents with egg donors. And over that time, it’s been obvious how difficult it is for the parents to make their decision. Rightfully so.

They’re not choosing a flavor of ice cream, after all, but making a decision on the genetic characteristics that will distinguish their child. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Yet egg donors are highly sought after. So many intended parents feel pressured to make a quick decision to avoid losing the donor to another couple.

We thought there has to be a way to alleviate some of the pressure that our intended parents feel during this process. Our team decided to initiate a program called Extended Choice, which offers intended parents “first choice” for the donor they select, for up to 72 hours.

This means that participants have that window of time after viewing a donor to decide if she is right for them prior to making a selection. During that period, other prospective parents may view the donor’s profile, but can’t choose her until the 72 hours are up.

Peace of mind. We hope our program gives our parents more of that much-needed commodity during a very stressful time in their lives.