Would-be grandparents pay for their daughters’ egg freezing

More and more baby-boomers, desperate to have grandchildren, are pushing daughters to freeze their eggs, the New York Times reports. Dr William Schoolcraft, of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, says patients consult him with parents in tow. “I see these patients come in, and they’re with two elderly people, and I’m like, ‘What the hey?’ ” Dr. Schoolcraft said. Parent give emotional and financial support, as their daughters dive into the emerging industry of egg freezing to boost their chances of starting a family later on. 

The procedure is costly -- between USD$8,000 and $18,000. It is still considered experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and there are no guarantees.  However, would-be grandparents seem happy to roll the dice. “By the time Allison was 35, I felt the clock was tick-tick-ticking,” said Candace Kramer, 61, whose daughter took her up on the suggestion to freeze her eggs -- and her offer to pay half the bill. “I viewed it as opening up an opportunity for her.” 

Thirty-seven-year-old Colorado woman Jennifer Hayes now blogs about the experience at RetrieveFreezeRelax.com. She told the local TV station: "I was really tired of making decisions based on the pressure of my biological clock… My parents said to me, 'You know, do you think we'd rather have this money sitting in a bank account or a grandchild some day?'" Now she is writing a humorous book about her egg freezing experience.  ~ New York Times, May 13

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