Third Party Reproduction Support – Using Egg/Sperm Donors or Gestational Carriers
The Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program (IFW) at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) offers varied services and seminars every week. Likely, there is one that will fit just what you need.
The spotlight today is on a special support group that meets only once a month at RMACT – "Third Party Reproduction Support Group". This group typically meets on the first Friday of each month and is open to all people who are considering or have already decided to use some form of third party reproduction family building services.
What is Third Party Reproduction?
ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) defines Third Party Reproduction in this way:
"Third-party reproduction is an arrangement where a person or couple receives help from other(s) to have a child. This help can be in the form of donated eggs, sperm, or embryos; carrying the pregnancy; or a combination of these types of reproductive assistance. The person(s) who will raise the child after birth are called “intended parent(s).” The person who is donating sperm, eggs, or embryos, or carrying the pregnancy (gestational carrier) is called the “third party.” The third party is involved in the reproductive process only and does not participate in the raising of the child. Third-party donors can be someone the intended parents know or they may be anonymous."
Third Party Reproduction Support Group
Some examples of conversations at a third party reproduction support group include:
Egg Donors – Egg donors for women who want to conceive, carry and give birth to a child but are unable to do so because of an unresolved medical issue.
Sperm Donors – Sperm donation and the different options available for choosing sperm.
Surrogacy – Gestational carriers, (sometimes called a surrogate)- a woman who carries a baby to term for another person. There is no genetic link between a gestational carrier and the child she is carrying.
This group is free of charge and welcomes patients in all stages of the process – from thinking about moving forward using an egg and/or sperm donor to choosing a donor to beginning your cycle and finally, to parenting. Come join us- we supply bagels and coffee!
Please note a time change: This group meets once a month from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM in Norwalk.
This group is facilitated by Lisa Schuman, LCSW. For more information, or if you have a question, please call 203-750-7407.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.