Egg donation is the process whereby eggs are donated by a woman, who is referred to and acts as the ‘donor’. Donors assist an individual or couple, referred to as the ‘recipient/s / intending parents’ in their attempt to become parents.
The donor will undergo In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment and her cycle will be synchronised with the female recipient’s.
Multiple eggs are collected from the donor and are then fertilised with the recipient partner’s sperm, which in turn creates embryos. The resulting embryos are placed into the recipient’s uterus, and any additional embryos may be frozen for future embryo transfers.
In Australia there are guidelines and codes of conduct that need to be followed by everyone who takes part in the process. Finding an egg donor is a difficult process to begin with, but deciding to have a Known Egg Donor could be even more challenging for you as a couple, as the egg donor and intending couple are more involved.
Having a Known Egg Donor means that both the intending parents and the egg donor will have one another’s identifiable information.
Furthermore, being an altruistic* Known Egg Donor means that the egg donor and intending parents will be in contact throughout the egg donation process.
Altruistic* - unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others; showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others.
Known Egg Donors, together with the selected fertility clinic in Brisbane, undertake all means necessary to ensure that the process is aligned with Australia’s guidelines and code of conduct, from beginning to end.Any children resulting from the donation will have the right to access the donor’s information as registered at the nominated clinic.
This is something that you, the Intending Parents will need to bear in mind as to whether or not you will be telling any children born that they are donor children. This is a question that will be covered during the donor/parent counselling session.
Egg Donors and Intending Parents are required to have a counselling session which takes about 60 minutes.
- Everyone’s understanding of the Donor/Recipient Process
- The long term implications of being a Known Donor / or using an egg donor to conceive
- The Known Donor and Intending Parents would need to decide on the level of communication between each party should the donation result in a successful pregnancy.
- Under Australian law, the woman giving birth to the child is the legal mother of any child born
- The Intending Parents are legally and financially responsible for the child / children and have full custody and parent rights to that child / children
- The Donor has no legal right to the child / children and has no financial or legal responsibilities.