Based on advice from government & health officials about the importance of social distancing to reduce overburdening our healthcare system, I am holding appointments virtually until we are advised otherwise. Ensuring counselling supports are available as usual, along with protecting everyone's health and safety, are my top priorities. Please rest assured that my office hours will remain the same, and that virtual appointments via ZOOM (a free, secure video calling app) work very well.
Assessments for Egg Donors, Sperm Donors and Surrogates are conducted in a respectful manner. Dara works with donors and surrogates to:
prepare emotionally, physically and logistically for their journey
provide solutions to potential and actual challenges
set the foundation for an appropriate and positive arrangement with Intended Parent(s)
identify any concerns
determine if they are suitable and ready to move forward
When Known Donors and Surrogates have partners, Dara also includes them in the discussion. She takes the time to address any concerns they have and sets out clear steps to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
Implications Counselling/Assessments are always an important step in 3rd party arrangements, but especially so with known donors/surrogates. You will be in each other’s lives in the future so discussing expectations and concerns with a counsellor before a pregnancy takes place is essential in ensuring positive outcomes for everyone.