I want to extend to you a personal welcome to www.fertilityneeds.com,
NEEDS’ state-of-the-art online community that brings aspiring
parents together with the egg donors, surrogates, medical providers,
and others who can help them fulfill their dream of parenthood.
I founded NEEDS in 1992, soon after my daughter, Marisa, was
born with the help of a surrogate and egg donor. (NEEDS was formerly
called NESPA - New England Surrogate Parenting Advisors & Egg Donation.)
The early 1990s were still the
“early days” of collaborative reproduction, and I found
the experience to be confusing, complicated, and awkward –
though also greatly rewarding. With NEEDS, I wanted to maximize
the rewards of collaborative reproduction by offering other aspiring
parents an easier, less confusing experience than I had.
Today, more than a decade later, collaborative reproduction has
come into its own. Especially because of the Internet, aspiring
parents can be much better informed. And because collaborative reproduction
is increasingly common, infertility is no longer such a stigma.
NEEDS has changed too. We’re constantly looking for new ways
to improve our services to aspiring parents. And we’re continually
expanding and enhancing our collaborative reproduction community.
This community includes medical, psychiatric, and legal partners
as well as the marvelous women who so generously offer themselves
as egg donors and surrogates to make our most precious dreams come
As aspiring parents, it’s an exciting time. You now have
more options and more resources available to you than ever before.
NEEDS puts these options and resources at your fingertips while
continuing to fulfill our mission as your trusted guide through
the emotional, and still challenging, process of collaborative reproduction.
Angela Figueroa, Ed.D.
NEEDS Founder (retired)