Elite Fertility Solutions, Inc. (EFS) was established in 2001 in Southern California and has become one of the leading Egg Donor Agencies in the United States. We are committed to providing the most highly qualified, accomplished egg donors who have successfully completed a rigorous screening process, which is, unlike other agencies, in compliance with the standards of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Our mission is to provide confidence for those building their families through egg donation, that our egg donors are emotionally and physically eligible to be an egg donor and sincerely committed to the success of this process.
With over 20 years of experience across the spectrum of Women’s Reproductive Health care, our egg donor agency’s Founder and Director Sheryl Anderson has both a deep knowledge of the field and great compassion for her clients.
Prior to her founding EFS in 2000, Sheryl was Clinical Director of the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine (Elite Fertility Solutions) for ten years, managing all aspects of the fertility treatment process in close collaboration with physicians, staff, counselors, and other medical personnel. In this capacity, she was also responsible for training of the nursing staff and the coordination of patient care. Previous to Elite Fertility Solutions, Sheryl designed, developed, staffed, licensed, and served as Director of the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles for four years. From 1978 – 1983 Sheryl worked at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in labor and delivery, overseeing the educational programs and establishing protocols for all nurses in the high-risk perinatal unit. She was also a Clinical Nurse Specialist at UCLA and Kaiser Permanente of Los Angeles from 1983 1986.
In addition, she has served as a clinical nursing instructor at Saddleback College School of Nursing in Mission Viejo, California and has consulted for a variety of private medical organizations, training and educating nursing staff. Sheryl is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Resolve. She has lectured extensively on a variety of reproductive topics, including Pregnancy Induced Hypertension for the March of Dimes. For the past four years, she has been the underwriting chairperson for Circle 1000, a fundraising organization that raises significant funds dedicated to supporting Hoag Hospital Cancer Center in Newport Beach, California. She is also involved with Fertile Hope, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Besides many small articles, Sheryl wrote introduction on resource manual regarding egg donation and cancer survivors. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Science degree in Perinatology (high-risk obstetrics and the neonate) from the University of Illinois.
Sherri has over 12 years of experience in the reproductive field as the administrator of an infertility center. She has been a Donor Coordinator with Elite Fertility Solutions since 2005. When her daughter went off to college, she wanted to have some interaction with young women and liked talking with potential donor candidates. Her daughter is married now and lives in Cuba, so she thoroughly enjoys her time interviewing and getting to know the donors. She interviews the donors, schedules their prescreening and collects all of the donor’s personal information and photos. Sherri follows up with each donor throughout the cycle to make sure everything is going smoothly. She currently has “over 70 daughters” and her family of donors is always growing.
Jessica has 8 years of reproductive medicine experience. She has been working for Elite Fertility for 2 years. Jessica loves that her job consists of building relationships with our intended parents as well as our donors. She feels so special to be a part of helping them expand their family and loves that she is able to witness the compassion and appreciation that they have for one another. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to the beach whenever she can.
Ellen Winters Miller
“The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) states, “In helping create a new life, there is a human dimension with respect to emotions, thoughts, behavior, conflicts, and other psychosocial factors.
“Only by including the psychosocial dimension into the infertility consultation and treatment will we be able to make biological reproduction human [underline] reproduction.”1
EFS understands that for many of our patients, getting to us has been a road filled with disappointment and setbacks. We understand that you are here because you are hopeful that you will now become a parent as soon as possible as we dedicate ourselves to help you achieve that dream.
Collaborating with Ellen, an objective, nonjudgmental, caring and experienced therapist who has personally experienced infertility treatment is a resource to:
- Help you work through the emotions you may experience;
- Strategize ways you can cope with your specific situation and discuss the unique decisions and treatment recommendations you are facing;
- Explore the challenges of coping with those in the fertile world (be it family or friends) who might not be as understanding or empathetic as you would hope;
- Cope with the very real and powerful grief of failed cycles or pregnancy loss;
- Care for yourself and your well being
Doing all of this in a confidential, psychoeducational/counseling consultation is often beneficial and can be a key to feeling empowered and in control again.
In addition, there are points before and during specific treatments when an exploration of your feelings about these options can clarify thinking and help with your decision-making. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends consultation with a mental health professional if you are at a treatment crossroad or exploring alternative treatment possibilities including third party assistance (sperm donation, gamete donation, surrogacy) which can raise some unique emotional, social and ethical issues:
- Transitioning from a traditional form of treatment to use of a third party
- The feelings involved in making this decision
- Choosing a donor or surrogate
- Issues of privacy, secrecy and disclosure including issues
- As a couple, having difficulty communicating about these complex decisions and feelings
ASRM also notes, ‘Everyone has feelings and emotional ups and downs as they pursue infertility treatment. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms over a prolonged period of time, you may benefit a great deal from meeting with a mental health professional’2:
- Loss of interest in usual activities and relationships; social isolation
- Depression that doesn’t lift or frequent mood swings
- Strained interpersonal relationships (with partner, family, friends and/or colleagues)
- Difficulty thinking of anything other than your infertility
- High levels of anxiety
- Diminished ability to accomplish tasks
- Difficulty with concentration
- Change in your sleep patterns (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, early morning awakening, sleeping more than usual for you)
- Change in your appetite or weight (increase or decrease)
- Increased use of drugs or alcohol
- Persistent feelings of pessimism, sadness, guilt, or worthlessness
- Persistent feelings of bitterness or anger
A person or persons coping with infertility face complex issues, often consisting of biological, psychological, social and ethical considerations.” Along with ASRM and ESHRE, EFS and Ellen Winters Miller recognize that wanting children has a deeply emotional component; it is not ONLY a medical or biological journey.
- Guidelines for Counseling for Infertility, Human Reproduction Journal, ESHRE May/June, 2001. Page 562.
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fact Sheet on Infertility Counseling and Support