Hopeful mums seek egg donors
Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor
Every day at Fertility Associates we see women hoping to have a baby of their own and who, after working through all the options, need the help of an amazing egg donor. Could that be you?
It is a very rewarding process and we support you every step of the way. There is also no cost for being a donor, all treatment costs are covered by the clinic or the recipient.
Find out what is involved in our Egg Donor video below:
We recommend filling in the form below and one of our co-ordinators will be in touch with you in the next few days. However if you have further questions you can reach the egg donor team on 0800-4-Fertility (0800- - 620 35489).
Common questions about egg donation
Who needs egg donors?
Donor eggs can help women with early menopause, women who no longer have viable eggs of their own because of their age, and women who have not become pregnant after many IVF cycles.
Who are egg donors?
They are often a family member or friend, but there are also women in the community who are motivated to give the ultimate gift to help a women who is hopeful to become mum.
We appreciate our donors and believe in the significance of their gift to our recipients. However, in the past we have only been able to reimburse donors to cover basic expenses, and often hidden costs get missed, for example costs of childcare, parking etc.
To simplify the process, and to recognise their significant contribution of time and effort, Fertility Associates has introduced a set donor reimbursement that is passed directly on to the egg donor. The new amount has been set to help ensure our donors are compensated appropriately after their very generous donation. You can find the current fee under donors fees on our price sheet here.
Who makes a good egg donor?
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor you need to be aged between 20- 36 years, be a non-smoker and have no significant health issues. Our video outlines more on this.
How does egg donation work?
Egg donors need to complete a work up process that takes approximately 3 months and includes blood tests, counselling and talking with a Doctor and Nurse about an IVF cycle. The woman who is donating her eggs then starts an IVF cycle and the eggs are collected as a small surgical procedure. The eggs are then put with the recipient partner’s sperm to try and create embryos for future use by the recipient couple or for fresh replacement at the same time.
The Status of Children Amendment Act of 1987 recognises the social mother (the woman who receives the eggs and gives birth) as the legal mother of the child. The egg donor does not have any legal rights or liabilities.
All our files are confidential and no information will be released without your consent. You will have the opportunity to review the recipient couple’s profile and possibly meet them if both parties agree.
Most couples plan to tell their child of his or her origins so we ask each donor to complete a questionnaire, which contains non-identifying information such as your interests and how you would describe yourself. This is passed on to the couple if they request it or to the child if he or she requests it.
All donors are asked to be identifiable to children born from the use of their eggs in the long term. This means that you would be willing to be contacted by the Clinic to disclose further information or to consider disclosing your identity. The request for contact may be from either the children born or their parents.
The practice of egg donation is governed by the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004. An important principle of the Act is that offspring conceived through the use of donor sperm or donor eggs should be made aware by their parents of their genetic origins, and be able to secure information about the donor and his or her identity.
We feel it is very important if you have a husband or partner, that they know all about the issues involved with donating eggs. He or she is also asked to sign the consent form to say they are aware and informed of the donor process. Our donor coordinators, doctors and counsellors are very happy to talk to both donors and their partners on any issue. The Clinic offers independent counsellors whose job is to help people make decisions and explore the implications of egg donation.
To apply to become an egg donor or to find out more simply watch the video above and fill in the online form.
If you have further questions you can reach the egg donor team on 0800-4-Fertility (0800- - 620 35489)
Frequently asked questions for become an egg donor
Can I be an egg donor if I have a pre-existing condition?
This can be a difficult area. We do not restrict personal egg donors as we do for clinic recruited donors, where the choice is with the potential recipient unless we fee the condition would have a significant impact on the child.
For clinic-recruited donors world-wide, there is expectation that people who have genetic or heath risks above a certain threshold should not donate, and NZ regulations also require clinics to have policies and procedures for donor eligibility. The threshold depends on the chance of inheriting the condition and the potential impact of the condition. Please feel free to include your condition details in the criteria form.
More helpful information
- Become an egg donor - Pathways booklet 19/20
- Receiving donated eggs - Pathways booklet 19/20
- Donor basics - Pathways booklet 19/20
- About IVF
- Diary of an egg donor
- Understanding fertility language
- Understanding hormones and how they work
- Boosting fertility
- Emotions during fertility treatments - Pathways Booklet 19/20
- Article by one of our donors
- Real story - being a donor
- Real Story - being a donor
- About the HART ACT