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 (0800-4 - 3378 45489).
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?
In New Zealand egg donors are not paid. 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.
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 (0800-4 - 3378 45489)
More helpful information
- Become and egg donor, Pathways booklet 15/16
- Receiving donated eggs, Pathways booklet 15/16
- Donor basics, Pathways booklet 15/16
- About IVF
- Diary of an egg donor
- Understanding fertility language
- Understanding hormones and how they work
- Boosting fertility
- Emotions during fertility treatments
- Article by one of our donors
- Real story - being a donor
- Real Story - being a donor