Egg Donor Blog

Welcome to our Egg Donor Blog. This is a place where you can share your experiences, encourage other donors, and ask questions. Feel free to connect with other donors and our staff. We want this to be a positive resource for you!

Happy Families Created Through Egg Donation

Since Egg Donor Solutions was founded in 2013, we have helped create more than 1,000 happy families. And we couldn’t do it without our amazing donors! From couples who struggled with infertility to same sex couples to single men and women, our intended parents come from many different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – they rely on the generosity of egg donors to help make the family of their dreams a reality.

Here, we feature a few of the families who have shared their stories with us.

Jenn’s Family

Jenn and her husband longed to start their family and tried to conceive for several years without success. After her doctor told her it could take multiple tries with IVF to get just a few normal embryos, Jenn knew donor eggs would be her path to parenthood. “All I wanted was a family,” Jenn explained. “I didn’t want to waste any more time.”

Today, Jenn is a proud mom to her son, Bennett, who turns four in May. “Bennett is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Jenn said. “Being a parent is so much more than genetics. If I could go back in time and be given the choice to have a baby using my own eggs or have Bennett using the donor’s eggs, I would choose Bennet every time.”
Read more about Jenn’s story here.

Joe’s Family

Joe is living proof that it’s never too late to fulfill your dreams of parenthood. He became a single father by choice in his 50s with the help of a donor and a surrogate. “I don’t think having a child should be limited to couples or single women,” Joe said. “I always thought it would be wonderful to pass on my family legacy by having a child of my own.”

Joe’s son, Aaron, was born on July 4, 2019. “Watching Aaron become his own little person has brought me so much joy, more than I ever anticipated,” Joe said. “I absolutely love him and would do anything for him.”
Read more about Joe’s story here.


Carrie’s Family

Some couples, like Carrie and her husband, turn to egg donation to expand their families. After doing several rounds of IVF to have their daughter, Willow, they knew they wanted to continue to grow their family and give Willow a sibling. With the help of a donor, they welcomed twins, Zoe and Cooper, in 2015.

Referring to her family of five as the “crazy train,” Carrie said, “Willow was an only child for five years, so it’s very sweet now to watch her and the twins develop their own relationships outside of us. We have this wild, wonderful family. It’s how it always should have been.”
Read more about Carrie’s story here.


Avni’s Story
*

Avni is another intended parent who longed to grow her family and provide a sibling for her child. After the birth of their daughter, Avni and her husband tried for nearly a decade to have another child. “We were seeing how alone our daughter was feeling,” Avni said. “She was always looking for someone to play with her.”

They were finally successful in 2021 with the help of an egg donor and completed their family with the birth of their twin boys. “When you’ve been longing to have a child and the moment is finally here….it is the most wonderful experience,” Avni said. “I’m so thankful everything came together the way we wanted so we could have these two babies.”
Read more about Avni’s story here.
*Name changed upon request

Hilton & Juan’s Family

After four years of marriage, Hilton and Juan knew they were ready to start a family. With the help of a donor and a gestational carrier, they welcomed their twins in 2019. In creating their own family, they also grew closer to their parents. They shared that the experience of witnessing their parents become grandparents has been indescribable.

“These babies are so special,” said Hilton and Juan. “They came into a family with so much love and a family that wanted them so much!”
Read more about Hilton and Juan’s story here.

Hillary’s Family

Following an ovarian cancer diagnosis and several years of infertility, Hillary’s doctor advised that egg donation would be her best option to have the child she and her husband had always wanted. While it was not the path they had planned, Hillary said it was the “right one because it gave us Corinne,” who was born in 2015.

“She lights up our lives every day with her humor, wit, kindness and adventurous spirit,” Hillary said. “She’s the child we were meant to have, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Read more about Hillary’s story here.

Could you help create a happy family?
We currently have more than 400 intended parents searching for the right egg donor to help them start or expand their families. You could be the solution!

Becoming an egg donor and helping intended parents achieve the family of their dreams is an incredibly rewarding experience. One of our donors, who helped six families, summed it up best when she said:

“Being an egg donor requires a lot of time, dedication and mental focus, but it’s 100% worth it. You know you’ve done something completely selfless. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that intend parents who couldn’t have children on their own or wanted to complete their family were able to because of me.”


Please visit
www.eggdonorinformation.com or click here to learn about the criteria required to qualify as an egg donor with our program. We are committed to guiding, educating and supporting donors throughout the egg donation process and would be honored to work with you. For questions, please contact our team at [email protected].

We help Intended Parents Create Happy Families via Egg Donation & Surrogacywith the help of caring Egg Donors & Surrogates. 

Fertility nurse inspires daughter to become egg donor

Connie Wharton always knew she wanted to be a nurse but specializing in fertility wasn’t initially part of her plan. While serving as a corpsman in the United States Navy, Connie worked at a fertility clinic that was part of a military hospital in San Diego, California. It was there that she found her calling.

“I fell in love with the patients and the work,” Connie says.

While working at the military hospital, Connie spent one week out of each month at a civilian fertility clinic where she assisted with invitro fertilization (IVF) cycles that sometimes included an egg donor or gestational carrier.

“I got to see all sides of the fertility journey while working at the civilian clinic,” Connie explains. “It helped me to fully understand and appreciate the role egg donors and surrogates have in helping to create a family.”

The experience touched her so deeply, in fact, that Connie decided to become a gestational carrier after having her own children.

Supporting her patients

Today, Connie works as a registered nurse and IVF coordinator at OU Physicians Reproductive Medicine in Oklahoma City, where she has been since 2005. She says the best of her job is getting to be the person patients turn to when they need support.

“I coordinate cycles for one doctor, so I spend a lot of time getting to know the patients and their families; there’s a lot of continuity,” Connie explains. “I try to make everyone feel special. Each patient deserves my full attention and to know that I’m focused her, not the patients coming after her.”

Supporting her daughter through egg donation

In 2019, when Connie’s daughter, Jordan, approached her about wanting to become an egg donor, she immediately referred Jordan to Egg Donor Solutions (EDS). “I’ve always been impressed with the attention to detail and the follow ups when working with EDS,” Connie says. “They give the same attention to both parties [intended parents and egg donors] during the process, which is not all that common. I wanted to know that someone would be looking out for Jordan’s best interests, as well as the intended parents. I knew I could trust EDS with my daughter.”

Connie supported Jordan throughout her egg donation cycle, giving her injections, accompanying her to monitoring appointments (which she was able to do at OU) and traveling with her to Fort Worth, Texas for the initial visit with the intended parents’ physician and the egg retrieval.

“We did the whole thing together,” Connie says. “I’m glad Jordan wanted me to be part it and that I got to be there for her.”

The proud mom also notes that Jordan was a great donor. “She produced a lot of eggs, and after testing, there were 18 normal embryos!”

For Jordan, being able to lean on Connie and her experience as a nurse was invaluable. “I didn’t have many questions because this is something I grew up around, but it was really beneficial to have my mom there,” Jordan says. “She understood what everything meant [from a medical perspective] and knew what I needed when I needed it. I was also glad that I didn’t have to do the injections myself!”

Providing the inspiration to help create a family

When asked if she was inspired to become an egg donor because of Connie’s work at the fertility clinic, Jordan wholeheartedly agrees. “I grew up hearing about my mom’s patients and how all they wanted was to have a family,” Jordan says. “It was destined. Eventually, I was going to do this [help create a family] in some fashion. My mom and the other nurses take such great care of their patients and knowing that I can make a difference too, even at my age, is really neat.”

Jordan’s intended parents recently sent her a letter following the birth of their daughter, which, as Jordan explains, has been best part of her experience thus far.

“It felt great to get the letter,” Jordan says. “I can tell from their words how grateful they are when they look at their daughter. I hope I get to experience that feeling again with another family.”

We help Intended Parents Create Happy Families via Egg Donation & Surrogacy with the help of caring Egg Donors & Surrogates.

What is Egg Donation, Can I be an Egg Donor, Egg Donation Process, Common Egg Donation QuestionsBecoming an Egg DonorQualifying as an Egg DonorEgg Donation, Egg Donor processWhy to go through an agency? Egg Donation Overview.

Thank You to the Nurses Who Help Us Create Happy Families!

In honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12), we want to recognize the many nurses who help us create happy families by going above and beyond to support our intended parents and egg donors. Our coordinators at Egg Donor Solutions (EDS) work closely with nurses throughout each step in the process to execute a seamless cycle for everyone involved.

“Nurses play a critical role in all cycles. Not only do they handle a substantial amount of the screening and planning process, but they are many intended parents’ support system as well,” says Kallie Wilson, client care and operations director. “Nurses, particularly in this field, have too much on their plate most days. We simply want to make their lives easier.”

How EDS supports nurses

With many details to consider in an egg donation cycle – from medical screenings to scheduling appointments and sending reminders to making sure the donor has her medication and understands how to use it to keeping the intended parents updated – EDS coordinators support nurses however they can.

“I want to take care of the small details, reminders and coordination between parties so they can focus on the medical side of things,” Kallie explains. “Our job is to learn each clinic’s preference and work to be proactive versus reactive.”

Amy Huston, Care Coordinator, adds, “I work to ensure everyone is on the same page with the timeline and make sure the donor knows what she needs to do, where she needs to be and when. I also share this information with the intended parents and keep them informed about where things are in the process.”

Communication is key

Communication between EDS coordinators and nurses is essential to ensuring that cycles run smoothly. “It’s important for us to establish good relationships and frequent, open communication with the nurses at each clinic,” Amy says.  

Melissa Martinez, Care Coordinator & Development Coordinator, agrees. “We work to ensure consistent and effective communication regarding all things having to do with our donors, so nurses don’t have to field as many questions. In addition, we can be the liaison between the nurse and the donor to address any concerns and help keep the donor on track as far as appointments and medications.”

Recognizing the importance of nurses

The collaboration with nurses at our partner clinics enables the EDS team to better serve intended parents and egg donors. Their support is vital to executing a successful cycle.

“Without the nurses running point in the clinics, our efforts would be that much more difficult to manage,” Melissa says. “And the doctors would be without the support they need to complete the egg retrievals.

“To all nurses: We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the level of care and compassion you have as you selflessly serve your patients. You put patient care at the top of your list while you keep everything running behind the scenes and, without you, our work would not be possible. You are loved and appreciated more than words can sufficiently express. Thank you for all that you do!”

Some of the amazing Nurses that we get to create families with: Connie, Amber @OU Physicians Reproductive Medicine, Sarah @Fertilitytexas  and Tammy @Dallas IVF, Our very own Gayle Garrett RN, Surrogacy Program Director, The Team @Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associateshttp://Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates, Holly Muzny RN, Egg Donor Education Manager, Rishona @crmorlando, Lauren @ccrmhouston, Caroline @Texas.IVF,

We help Intended Parents Create Happy Families via Egg Donation & Surrogacy with the help of caring Egg Donors & Surrogates. 

What is Egg DonationCan I be an Egg DonorEgg Donation ProcessCommon Egg Donation Questions, Becoming an Egg Donor,  Qualifying as an Egg Donor,  Egg DonationEgg Donor process,  Why to go through an agency?,  Egg Donation Overview.