KNOWN VS ANONYMOUS
Egg Donation Terms
Egg Donor Contracts are created to legally represent agreements and understandings between Egg Donors and Intended Parents. The success of a contract depends on clear, concise and thorough representations. In the Egg Donation industry there are typically two options to define the relationship status between an Egg donor and an Intended parent. It is defined in black and white terms. The Intended Parents are contracting with an “anonymous” Egg Donor or a “known” Egg Donor. This type of categorization may have been common in the past, but today Agencies are facilitating relationships that range in communication and expectation. As such, the definition and terms should stay relevant. For practical reasons, we have defined 5 types of relationship definitions for legal contracts.
ANONYMOUS: Describes an arrangement in which the Intended Parents and the Egg Donor do not know each other’s identities. Aliases such as “Intended Mother”, “Intended Father”, and “Donor ID Number/ First Name” are used in the legal agreement. The Intended Parents will typically only view a donor’s profile through an agency website.
SEMI ANONYMOUS- RESTRICTED: Describes an arrangement in which the Intended Parents and the Egg Donor do not know each other’s identities, but may have restricted communication facilitated by the agency or an attorney. Communication is limited to finding out basic information via emails, letters or Agency correspondence. The Intended Parents and Egg donor do not communicate directly with one another.
SEMI ANONYMOUS – LIMITED/OPEN: Describes an arrangement in which the Intended Parents and the Egg Donor see each other face to face. They can meet in person, have a video call, and/or communicate via telephone. They exchange first names but limited identifying information beyond that. Generally they do not communicate beyond this interaction and do not exchange contact information.
OPEN: Describes an arrangement in which the Intended Parents and the Egg Donor can meet, have a video call, and/or a telephone consult. They exchange full names and contact information. The level of communication beyond this interaction will vary. Some relationships may continue to grow during the pregnancy. Some people will leave the door open to communication only if medically necessary or if the resulting child wishes to know more about the Egg Donor at age of 18.
KNOWN: Describes an arrangement in which Intended Parents and an Egg Donor have an existing relationship. The egg donor could be a friend, sibling, distant family member, or even a neighbor.