Description: This overview of the oocyte donation process is intended largely for members of the lay public who intend to be, or are considering being, the recipients of donated oocytes. The aim is to guide prospective oocyte recipients through the process while giving them some unique insights.
Purpose: There is a vast amount of information available on this subject on the Internet some not so reliable and it is useful for people considering oocyte donation to have a reputable source of information. This book does that, and also provides a variety of unique viewpoints and opinions.
Audience: Readers may be entirely new to the process or they may already have a great deal of insight into ART and IVF after going through it. This book is appropriately aimed at both groups. The authors call on a variety of credible sources which bring needed perspective to the subject, such as oocyte donors, previous oocyte recipients, and counselors and therapists, etc.
Features: The book covers essentially all aspects of the oocyte donation process, from the science and the actual process itself, to its emotional aspects. Its strength lies in the collection of viewpoints and opinions from a variety of sources, many of them people who have already gone through the process, which makes the book more approachable for the lay public. The only shortcoming is that the text is a bit bland, but I am not sure what additional illustrations or graphics could be added to liven it up.
Assessment: This is a good quality book, well thought out and likely quite useful to anyone about to undergo the oocyte recipient/donation process.