Egg Donor Intake & Surrogate Nurse
A mother of 3 and a Registered Nurse since 1998. With over 15 years of experience in reproductive health, Melanie has seen the joys, struggles and sorrows of family planning personally as well as professionally. She has held a variety of nursing positions ranging from an operating room nurse to Nurse Manager in some of the top fertility clinics in Toronto and has worked closely with some of the best
reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists.
Melanie was Angela’s nurse when she first became a surrogate. Angela recognized instantly the personal touch Melanie brought to her patients. Years later when Angela began her agency, she ran into Melanie at a fertility clinic she was working at. They reconnected and stayed in touch.
The concept for Your IVF Nurse came to life after Melanie witnessed many clients overwhelmed with confusion and frustration, after meeting with health-care providers and feeling they were unable to spend additional time and receive the individualized care they were seeking. Her goal is to provide exceptional care by sharing knowledge, experience, and guidance to support you in creating your family.
Angela wanted Melanie to be a consultant for her company and now they work closely together to ensure the standards of patient care for both egg donors and surrogates are above reproach. Melanie is available to answer any questions Intended Parents may have and does all Egg Donor intake consultations.
Melanie has held senior management positions which have allowed her to have the opportunity to spend additional time with clients and recognize the concerns many face during this often difficult yet delicate journey. She is dedicated to helping put clients on the right path when consulting with their physicians and nurses, whether that be knowing what questions to ask and discuss other options available to them. Melanie wants every client to feel fulfilled during the cycle, and provide comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Providing support and confidence that they have done everything they could have done or asked.
Melanie is the bridge between clients and clinics. At CSC we want everyone to feel like they have a voice and a support system that puts them first. Melanie is our way of providing additional support to our programs.
Over the span of Melanie’s nursing career, she has participated in the Merck Nursing Educational Board, which enabled a networking & learning opportunity for nurses working in the field of Infertility, Toronto Pride Week, Dykes Planning Tykes/Daddy’s & Poppas within the LGBTQ community. She has also had the opportunity to speak at Pi Beta Phi; Ontario Chapter at the University of Western Ontario as well as presented at the Canadian Fertility Andrology Society (CFAS) on the Nursing education day. She participated in a steering committee comprised of fertility expert nurses, which led to presenting the ABC’s of ART supported by EMD Serono to assist in the education of newer fertility nurses to the field.
Ontario Surrogate Enrollment Coordinator
Veronica is a mom of 2 beautiful children and loves every minute of parenthood. As a Customer Service leader and advocate, Veronica has worked in a variety of industries, with many different teams, with the goal of helping people to help people. She has spent her career learning and teaching others how to service customers and helping them to feel heard.
After seeing the struggle of friends and family members, who wanted to but were unable to have families of their own, she slowly discovered and learned about the surrogacy and fertility industries. Although she wasn’t sure how it all worked, she knew she wanted to help. Veronica then met 2 women who both had been egg donors and Surrogates and they were more than happy to answer her questions and point her in the right direction. With some further research, and now equipped with more information, Veronica felt the call to help.
In September of 2018, she started on her own journey to becoming a surrogate for a couple who have struggled for more than 10 years. After they connected, received clearance, and signed contracts they quickly jumped in to start on their journey together. Their first IVF Transfer was in December of 2018, however, sadly the first embryo transfer did not take. They reviewed their IVF protocol and made new plans to try again. This led to a 2.5-year journey together with 4 unsuccessful transfers, the creation of new embryos, and doing much of this while living through a pandemic. However, in December of 2020, they tried again (lucky number 5) and finally got the exciting news they had all been waiting for! The 5th transfer was successful, and Veronica is currently pregnant with a surrogate baby and due at the end of August 2021. She and her intended parents are all extremely excited and cannot wait to meet the baby boy who they all worked so hard to bring into the world!
In April 2021, when Veronica saw Angela was looking for someone to join The CSC Team, she was excited to reach out and jump into the new role of Surrogate Recruitment Coordinator. She teaches others about Surrogacy by bringing awareness through social media and answers questions for anyone interested in knowing more about this amazing gift of helping others. Angela and Veronica clicked immediately, and they both knew they wanted to work together. Veronica’s spitfire personality and zest for life makes her a perfect fit for the CSC program. She values communication and relationships and is eager to help share her experiences with other women in hopes of showing them how rewarding surrogacy can be for anyone who wants to truly give back to the world.
Egg Donor Support Services
Lisa is a mom of two boys, an advocate for women and a Métis woman. She has been working in Indigenous social work for more than a decade and is passionate about women’s rights, indigenous reconciliation, and third-party reproduction. Growing up in a small town and working within her own community as a professional later in life has afforded Lisa many opportunities to reduce stigma, provide education and increase societal awareness and expectance of surrogacy and Egg Donation. Lisa speaks openly and with pride when sharing her own experiences in the reproductive sector. She advocates for acceptance and normalization of all different family structures and creation stories.
Lisa is an experienced egg donor and gestational surrogate. Having been blessed to work with several Ontario based clinics and even a few state side agencies, giving her the extensive experience to be able to support both egg donors and surrogates throughout their journeys.
Lisa met Angela met 8 years ago in the surrogacy world and they developed an immediate connection, which led to a fast friendship. Lisa leaned on Angela when she carried her first set of multiples, as Angela was a mom to her own set of twins. This support and connection fostered a continued relationship between them. Angela and Lisa were a part of a German Documentary about Egg Donation and Surrogacy called M(Other) together. Lisa has been an egg donor with Angela’s agency which resulted in twins through surrogacy.
Lisa’s life and professional experiences have allowed her to develop strong interpersonal skills specializing in counselling, peer supports and healthy relationships – including domestic violence. She knows the Egg donation and Surrogacy process well and has had the opportunity to be a part of the first third party reproduction policies and procedures with London Health Sciences Center.
Lisa is working with Evolution Eggs to provide support to all the registered donors. She will be doing check-ins and support calls to all donors every three months to ensure everyone on the donor registration is ready and able to move forward and that all the medical information is always up-to-date. She will be a mentor for other donors as they go through the process to help a couple in need.