Fairfax EggBank has partnered with Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED) to launch a blog series written by Heather, a recent egg donor recipient at Fairfax EggBank. Our hope is that through PVED, Heather’s voice can be shared with others who are just beginning their donor egg journey and are seeking authentic experiences of others who have been through it.
Stay tuned through either PVED’s website or ours to read Heather’s upcoming blogs.
If you’re considering donor eggs, I’d like to share with you some resources I used to make the process easier. I’d be lying if I told you this was a total breeze. It does take a little bit of leg work, but every step is worth it. This is a major decision in your life that I hope turns out to the best one yet!
Take Advantage of Your Donor Egg Company
My main resource for knowledge on the process was Fairfax EggBank. I was fortunate to work with such a special donor coordinator there. Maybe it was because she and my best friend share the same name, or maybe it is because she is just that awesome! She was very knowledgeable, kind and patient. Many times there would be a question or two that would pop in to my head and I would dial her. Having this type of accessibility to a caring, responsive and knowledgeable human being is very crucial in this process. You want to make sure you choose a company that you feel comfortable with since believe me, it sure does help with the stress.
Join Group Boards on Baby Apps
Downloading baby apps may sound a little elementary; however, using them was a game changer for me. I used BabyBump Pregnancy Pro and What to Expect When You’re Expecting quite a bit.
These apps not only have a ton of information in relation to pregnancy, they also have group boards that people join and chat about all sorts of different topics. One of these topics that I found to be extremely useful was Donor Eggs. I was able to connect anonymously with women all over the world and read all sorts of posts, questions, and stories of others. I bonded with these internet friends and used them as a resource for information, as well as for friendship. We gave support and encouraged one another with our stories. It truly was one thing that strongly helped me through this process.
Use the Power of the Internet
Our computers and smartphones give us all the answers we need to know. Through my online research, I easily found information on the positives and negatives of fresh and frozen donor eggs, costs, and different egg banks.
Fairfax EggBank’s website also has a wealth of information. Everything that I had questions about was answered on the site.
Heather’s Blog Series:
Parents Via Egg Donation, or PVED, was created to provide an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the egg donation process.
Our mission is to educate, support, and empower families and individuals at any stage of the process who choose to use egg donation to build a family. We share information about agencies, legal and medical professionals, treatment centers, mental health therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and other resources.
PVED is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Scappoose, Oregon
Their website contains a wide variety of information and ideas to help you in your family-building journey. If you can’t find what you are looking for, our listserves can link you to others who may have had similar experiences and are happy to share their knowledge.
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