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Posted in: , 04/22/2019

How long have you been together?

We’ve been together for seven years (since January 2012), and married for fourand-a-half (married May 25, 2014)

How did you meet?

We met on Grindr. It was Sunday, January 1, 2012 and I saw someone new and adorable show up on my screen. It was an unseasonably nice day, and Toby loves to bike, so he spent that day biking from the East Village where he lived to the West Village where I lived, looking for the best possible turkey burger. I opened with a one-word greeting: Cute. He w...

We knew from our first interaction with BHED that it was the best choice

Posted in: , 05/29/2018

After considering several agencies, we knew from our first interaction with BHED that it was the best choice. Their database is robust and well-curated, their donor questionnaire is thorough and thoughtful, and their staff is attentive and reliable. Having scanned various sites on our own, applying filters and attempting to go beyond superficial criteria, it was a huge relief to connect with someone at BHED who invested in developing a personal rapport with us. After all, it’s an enormous decision to make, and we would have found the process very daunting to naviga...

Should intended parents have a psychological consultation?

Posted in: , 07/23/2014

Struggling to have a child is stressful enough so the idea of having to include one more person in this process might not be particularly appealing – particularly when it comes to tackling the emotions surrounding what working with an egg donor might mean for you.

However, being given the opportunity to discuss anything about what it means to work with an egg donor in a confidential setting may offer information and guidance in how to move forward in the best possible way. This might very well be of benefit to the intended parents but could very well impact the long-term emo...

We are very thankful!

Posted in: , 05/29/2018

Now that we have come to the end of the egg donation process, we would like to express our gratitude.   From our very first contact with Roger when we started this process, you have been very professional and supportive of our journey to have a family.  We are very thankful and very happy to have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca in particular.

She is very responsible, responsive, and it is clear to us that she is also very kind and supportive of our egg donor.  This process is filled with emotions for all involved and it makes all ...

The Value of the Genetics Consult for Ovum Donors

Posted in: , 07/30/2014

Standards and Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS) was created by owners of egg donation and surrogacy agencies to define and classify a set of standards that are intended to apply to all such agencies in the United States. SEEDS will not have legislative authority, only advisory status. It is, however, the intention of SEEDS’s founding members to expand the organization in size and outreach to the point that SEEDS’s recommendations will have a major influence and impact on future egg donation and surrogacy legislation.

SEEDS’s goal is to raise the stand...

Everything fell into place!

Posted in: , 05/29/2018

Getting to the realization that egg donor was the last chance for my husband and I to have a family was a long and emotional journey. After 15 years paved with heartbreak and loss, we found our way to BHED.  Making the decision to access help and use donor eggs was a relatively easy decision; however, finding the right donor seemed daunting. As we scoured the websites of many different agencies, a friend recommended that we contact BHED. From the moment I contacted Tamara everything fell into place.  She offered to meet with my husband and I, which really helped to ease our minds ...

The Brave New World of Genetic Screening

Posted in: , 11/16/2015

Not long ago, genetic screening was done by screening for single gene disorders, largely based on the ethnic background and family history of the person.  Single gene tests were quite expensive ($200 or more for each), thus making it appropriate to limit the number of genes tested.  The so-called Ashkenazi Jewish panel could cost over $2,000!

Aside from the potentially high costs, basing decisions on ethnic backgrounds could be inaccurate.  Not everyone knows their true ancestry.  Furthermore, diseases that are rare in certain groups, like Tay-Sachs in non-Jews...

Achieved our dream of becoming parents!

Posted in: , 05/29/2018

We finally achieved our dream of becoming parents thanks, in large part, to one of BHED’s donors.  It had been a multi-year journey to figure out and accept that the best way for us to have a healthy child(ren) was to use a donor egg. Tamara at BHED was helpful in suggesting someone who initially we hadn’t considered and are so grateful that we did.

Today, we have a healthy, happy and sweet child that would not have been possible without a wonderful donor and BHED.

– T, United States

BHED Featured in the Largest UK LGBT Platform (website/magazine) PrideLife.com

Posted in: , 05/03/2017

The largest gay magazine and website in the UK, Pride Life, a one-stop lifestyle resource for the LGBT community, recently featured Beverly Hills Egg Donation (BHED) as a go-to provider of egg donation services for LGBT families.

The featured article, entitled “Becoming Parents”, answered potential egg donation recipient’s questions from the unique perspective of an LGBT family.

The article included one family’s success story with BHED:  “Our smartest move was assembling a top-notch team: a surrogacy agency that matched us with a heroic...

Moderating A Session At Families through Surrogacy in Sydney on 5/16/2015

Posted in: , 05/06/2015

Join us for “Families through Surrogacy” at the Novotel Hotel City Centre in Sydney 5/16-17, 2015

Presentations and Debates

  • Parents, surrogates, and children through surrogacy
  • Experts from Australia, the US, Greece, Nepal, Mexico and elsewhere
  • Leading researchers and counsellors
  • Surrogacy providers
  • Specialist lawyers and psychologists

We have appreciated working with Beverly Hills Egg Donation

Posted in: , 09/12/2016

Nous sommes les heureux parents de un petit garçon de deux mois. En le regardant, nous pensons au chemin parcouru depuis ce jour de janvier 2015 où nous avons décidé d’avoir un enfant par mère porteuse. Une naissance par mère porteuse  est une belle aventure mais qui nécessite, plus encore qu’une autre naissance, accompagnement et conseils.

C’est ce que nous avons apprécié chez BHED, depuis le premier jour et jusqu’à encore maintenant. Nous vivions à l’époque en E...

Beverly Hills Egg Donation Supports Illuminations LA 2014

Posted in: , 05/05/2014

MAY 2014

Dear Robyn,

Thanks to the generosity of people such as you, Illuminations LA 2014 was a smashing success!

Your contribution will be used to provide online education and leading-edge outreach services to hopeful parents, be they male or female, straight or gay, single, partnered, or married, and regardless of HIV status. The AFA is committed to helping those on their path to parenthood fulfill their dreams, whether through assisted reproduction, adoption, or third-party solutions such as surrogacy.

We gratefully acknowledge yo...

BHED supports LGBTQ Community

Posted in: , 02/12/2015

Since its inception in 2007, LGBT Egg Donation has been committed to helping members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community realize their dreams of having a family. With the help and support of our compassionate, knowledgeable team, hundreds of LGBT people have become parents.

Our dedication has also extended beyond our own clients and into the LGBT community at large through our numerous sponsorships of and participation in LGBT and alternative family organizations around the globe.

As an intended parent or egg donor working with LGBT Egg Donation, you...

Common questions that come up with new donors

Posted in: , 03/14/2019

  1. What is going to happen at the initial appointment?
    • You’ll have a consultation with the doctor, they’ll do a vaginal ultrasound to see how many ovarian follicles you have, and they’ll draw some blood. A small number of clinics will also have you meet with a psychologist and/or genetic counselor, too.
  2. How long will it take to find out if I’m medically cleared?
    • If this is your first cycle, you’ll be having genetic tests done, and those results typically take about t...

Egg donor compensation varies from agency to agency

Posted in: , 02/26/2017

At Beverly Hills Egg Donation, egg donor compensation is between $7,000 - $10,000 per process. Egg donation compensation is not usually the highest motivation to donate eggs, most donors rank the participation in giving the miracle of life equally.

In addition to life-long gratitude from our recipient families, the egg donation compensation rewards you for your time, effort and dedication. Returning egg donors often receive a higher egg donor compensation amount based upon their previous success.

In addition to agreed upon the eg...

Have you ever wondered about the process for donating eggs?

Posted in: , 11/22/2016

Donating eggs is a process where an egg is taken from a fertile woman and donated to another woman who has had problems conceiving.

During the process, donated eggs are usually fertilized in a laboratory setting and the resulting embryos are then transferred into the recipient's uterus via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sometimes some or all of the embryos may be frozen for later use.

Donating eggs helps women who cannot use their own eggs for reasons including: ovarian failure, to avoid genetic defects, or advanced age.

Acc...

Second Parent Adoption Tax Credit Updates for Same Sex Parents

Posted in: , 03/08/2012

In most cases, if a gay male couple is not married a federal income tax credit is likely to cover many of the costs associated with the second parent adoption. Subject to limitations and exclusions, taxpayers who adopt a child may be entitled to a tax credit in the year an adoption is finalized. Taxpayers can usually only deduct “qualified adoption expenses”. According to the tax legislation, the term "qualified adoption expenses" means reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney's fees, and other expenses, which are:

  1. directly re...

Pride Life featured Beverly Hills Egg Donation

Posted in: , 04/22/2019

Pride Life featured Beverly Hills Egg Donation (BHED) as a go-to provider of egg donation services for LGBT families. 

BEVERLY HILLS, April 26, 2015 — The largest gay magazine and website in the UK, Pride Life, a one-stop lifestyle resource for the LGBT community, recently featured Beverly Hills Egg Donation (BHED) as a go-to provider of egg donation services for LGBT families. 

The featured article, entitled “Becoming Parents”, answered potential egg donation recipient’s questions from the unique perspective of an LGBT family. 

...

Selling Your Eggs – How are Donors matched with recipient families

Posted in: , 01/10/2017

At BHED, when a couple decides to use donor eggs, they can view a password protected database of potential donors. A tentative donor egg match is made when the recipient families decides to move forward with a specific donor. Our IVF coordinator will contact the egg donor to confirm her availability and begin the second half of the process of selling your eggs. Once it is confirmed that the egg donor is available for the recipient's necessary time frame, and has passed her FDA-required round of testing, the match becomes official. Sometimes donors are selected and match...

BHED Offers Monthly Support Group Meetings

BHED Offers Monthly Support Group Meetings

Posted in: , 02/28/2015

FAMILY BUILDING NETWORK

MONTHLY  SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

The FBN is a monthly support group that brings together families formed with the help of egg/sperm/embryo donation and/or surrogacy as well as parents-to-be; giving them the opportunity to ask questions, get answers to their concerns, share experiences and feel supported.

The decision to parent with the help of donors/surrogates involves multiple choices. Many parents are unsure whether they should tell their ch...

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CYCLE OPTIONS


Traditional Cycle

In a traditional cycle, one recipient is matched with one donor for one cycle. If a successful pregnancy is not achieved and all normal embryos have been used, the recipient is eligible for a second cycle with no agency fee.


Shared Cycle

In a shared cycle, two or more recipients will share eggs from one cycle with one donor at one clinic. Each recipient pays an agency fee and legal fees. Shared expenses include donor fee, donor insurance, and donor travel (if applicable). Medical expenses are determined by the clinic. This option is not subject to our free rematch policy unless specifically outlined in the agency agreement.


Frozen Eggs

We work with some clinics that offer frozen eggs. The donor choices are limited. If you are interested in frozen eggs, please contact us. This option is not subject to our free rematch policy.