Normalize 3rd Party Family Building in Healthcare

Normalize 3rd Party Family Building in Healthcare

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Lori Metz, LCSW started this petition to American Medical Association

Our goal is to improve health outcomes and normalize third-party reproduction by requesting these options are added to medical intake forms under family history.

According to data via the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, and the Human Reproduction Journal:

  • Approximately 3,452 women use frozen donor eggs each year.
  • Approximately 2,413 women use fresh donor eggs each year.
  • If you use a fresh donor egg in the US, there's a 42.7% chance per IVF cycle start that the fertility treatment will result in a singleton birth.
  • If you use a frozen donor egg in the US, a 35.2% chance per IVF cycle starts that the fertility treatment will result in a singleton birth.
  • As for sperm donation, the numbers range from 30-60,000 births per year.

In addition, two percent of our population is raised through adoptions. In 2017, over 25,000 donor eggs and embryos were used, resulting in approximately 7000 transfers (which, to be clear, doesn't always result in a live birth).

When Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM, BC-TMH, spoke with moms of donor egg babies, this was a topic that came up often, particularly when it comes to normalizing their child's medical history. This has struck a chord in Ms. Metz for many reasons, significantly since it impacts individuals' physical and mental health and their parent(s).

Ms. Metz and Camille Guaty – an actress who built her family through third-party reproduction, and Jennifer Jay Palumbo, a Freelance Writer and Infertility Advocate, will be kicking off a series of IGTV events on June 24th at 1 pm EST as part of "Third-Party Thursdays." It will offer various perspectives representing the significance and impact of this inclusion on the medical intake process. In addition, these events will build up an informative webinar on July 29th to normalize third-party reproduction on medical intake forms and healthcare in general.

There are many paths to parenthood, and this initiative is to support all of them. We hope that adding these options to medical forms will normalize this necessary option for many, but it will also significantly improve medical care for these amazing families.

Please sign this petition if you support including family building options like adoption and third-party reproduction (donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos) on medical intake forms.

Thank you.

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