Linking LGBT couples with donors and surrogates

| | July 14, 2015
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Today, there are no shortage of options when it comes to starting a family without traditional conception. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy road. For LGBT couples or those with reproductive challenges, finding egg donors, sperm donors or viable surrogates is a long and complicated process. A new tech resource built by a Boston College alum seeks to simplify things by basically serving as a dating site for fertility.

“People are typically pretty scared when they realize that they need help,” founder Cecelia McDonald told BostInno. “Once you start going through the process—and figuring out how much it’s going to cost—it can be overwhelming. You’re talking about thousands for sperm donation, tens of thousands for egg donation, and upwards of $100,000 for surrogacy and egg donation. It’s tremendously expensive, and can be a huge hurdle.”

Despite the fact that Bird Meets Bee may not lower the costs of fertility services, it’s designed to help ease the other burdens involved, with matching methods inspired by the groundbreaking work that’s been done in kidney transfer.

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The concept for Bird Meets Bee is one with very personal roots for McDonald, who found out at a young age that to have a child, she would need an egg donor.

“I had a lot of time to think about what resources I wanted to have available for myself—and also for other people,” she says.

It was several years ago that McDonald initially came up with the core idea for the site, which will finally be launching by October.

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