We know, it is hard to believe that any other donor agency would come even close to the fabulous Nurture to qualify as competition, but the reality is that many people think they can do what we do. And we can’t blame them for trying, helping other people become parents is THE best job in the world. Which is why most of the other agencies around are run by ex-Nurture staff!!
But Buyers Beware! Know what you are dealing with. Here is a list of some of the questions you should be asking when deciding on which egg donor agency to choose:
(Some of the points borrowed with kind permission by the biggest international support group for Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED))
- How long has the agency been in business? Has the egg donor agency ever been in business under a different name? What is the agency’s track record? Are they a fly-by-night or have they been around for a while?
- Who owns the agency? Is the agency owned by the clinic / doctor / staff who is recommending a particular agency as the ‘preferred’ agency? Are they giving you the best option for YOU or for themselves?
- Is the agency owned and run by people who have been through infertility themselves? While this is not the important factor, it helps when you are speaking to someone who has done as many IVFs as you have.
- What is their value proposition? What are they offering you? Don’t buy cheap, this is way too important!
- Are they accredited by South Africa’s fertility governing body – SASREG?
- If the agency is accredited by SASREG, don’t just pick the first agency on the list – some agencies stick an A, B or C in front of their name to get listed first. That might work if you are AAA Plumbers Inc, but doesn’t count for something as serious as this.
- How many donors has the agency matched with recipients in the last year? Does the egg donor agency have any real references from recipient parents and egg donors? Ask the agency to be put in touch with previous recipients so you can ask them directly about their experience.
- The donors listed on their website – are they really currently available or are they booked for someone else or already donating? Double-booking a donor is a dangerous, unethical thing to do.
- Is the agency over promising but under delivering? Rather choose an agency who is honest about what is involved than those who make glib promises. Don’t be swayed by soft lighting and butterfly pictures. .
- Are their donors genuine, committed donors who are donating for the right reasons or are they filling their database with ‘fluff’ in order to look good. Keep it real, keep it honest.
Please note: Some clinics have their own ‘in-house’ egg donor agencies.
Aevitas (Vincent Palotti) have a small pool of their own donors. Aevitas Clinic prefer that their patients use their own small pool of donors but are more than happy to use Nurture should their patients prefer a wider choice or are unable to find a suitable donor within the clinic’s small database. Please check with your doctor first that he is happy you are looking elsewhere.
Cape Fertility Clinic do not have an ‘in house’ egg donor agency as such, however Egg Donation South Africa (EDSA) is owned by certain Cape Fertility Clinic staff. Despite this Nurture remains one of the preferred agencies for Cape Fertility Clinic.