• So what risks are there?

    There are two things you should be aware of: the main risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which happens in 1% of In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) cases. And secondly, on retrieval, there is a tiny chance of infection, or reaction to the anaesthetic, as with any medical procedure. 

    We work with professional Fertility Clinics, where you will have the best possible specialised medical treatment. You are in good hands.

  • I’m Worried This May Not Be Legal. Is Egg Donation Legal In South Africa?

    Yes, the National Health Act of 2003 (regulations about artificial fertilisation and related matters) confirms it’s all completely above board. It is true that there are some places in the world where you may not donate eggs; that’s why  a large number of international Recipients who visit South Africa to use our service.

  • Who pays my medical bills?

    Your Recipients pay all medical costs. This is a very big deal for them, emotionally AND financially, and they want you to have the best possible treatment and care.

  • Are we talking surgery here?

    No, no cutting at all. You will be under procedural (conscious) sedation, a medical term for very light anaesthestics or sedatives to minimise pain and discomfort. You’re usually able to speak and respond to the doctors and nurses while they retrieve your eggs vaginally, using a suction needle.

    You will, however, be in specialist medical hands, treated by doctors who specialise in fertility medicine.

  • So fertility medicine does exactly what?

    It helps your body to rescue many of the immature eggs (usually around ten) that would otherwise have been lost, so medical professionals can retrieve them for use in an egg donation programme like ababySA. It doesn’t affect any of your eggs that your body will use for future cycles. The fertility medication has no proven long-term bad effects.

  • My Kids Will Be Out There. Won’t That Be Strange For Me?

    Unfertilised eggs are discarded by your body with your normal menstrual cycle. And to make a child, you also need an entire swagbag of goodies: sperm; a healthy womb, a mother. There aren’t going to be any of your children running around any where, but there may be children that carry some of your genetic material, loved by parents who have moved mountains to welcome them into their lives!

    An egg donor, surrogate or birth mother is special person who helped to create that child, but they are not that child’s mother.

  • Will I get paid?

    The South African Medical Ethics committee have recommended R7,000 to the Egg Donor per donation cycle (depending on which Clinic runs the program) as an inconvenience allowance for the time and energy you expend in gifting your eggs, to help parents with their dream of having children. The compensation is paid in cash, by the clinic, on the day of the egg retrieval, after the procedure.

    Eggs are not sold, they are gifted and no price can be put on that gift.

    Your recipient parents will never forget you.

  • And long-term? Any chance of me damaging my ability to have children?

    Egg donation doesn’t cause infertility. Fertility medication has no proven long-term effects at all.

    You may choose to donate several times and then go on to have children of your own. Or you may have kids first and then donate your eggs.

  • I’m Thinking Of Becoming An Egg Donor. Do I Qualify?

    If you’re female (please check!) aged 20 to 34, healthy and from a healthy family, you could be a very special person: you could donate a few of your eggs to people (Recipients) who need them to start their own family.

    We welcome Egg Donors of any ethnic background. The usual disclaimers apply: addicts or heavy smokers are a no-no.

  • Who Sees My Information? I Don’t Want The World Knowing My Business

    Our secure database is password-protected. You will join our list of Egg Donors, where registered ababySA Recipients (those looking for eggs to start a family) can view your profile. They will not know who you are, but will see a bit about you, physically, as well as relevant details of your medical and family history.

  • Don’t I need ALL my eggs so I can fall pregnant?

    You’re born with about two million eggs. By puberty, only 300,000 immature eggs are left: every month, a group of eggs grow and develop so your body ovulates once each cycle. One egg! The remaining eggs from this group don’t develop fully and are flushed in the menstrual cycle.

    As we age, so the efficiency of ovulation and quality of your egg may reduce; that’s one of the reasons why we have an age limit for Egg Donors.

  • Does it take a lot of time to donate?

    Not too bad, but it does take some commitment from you.

    After you’re chosen, there will be an appointment with the doctors at your clinic (about an  hour). Also, an hour, once-off, with a psychologist. And during the actual procedure, you’ll have to visit the clinic three to four times (over a two-week period) for ultrasounds, checkups and to coordinate your cycle with the recipient mother.

    You’ll also have to take a day off for egg retrieval, which happens during the normal work week. We can arrange a sick note, if you need it.

Become A Donor

Our Donors say…


“As it nears the end of this journey together, I just want to thank you for all the support and touching base. I appreciate it. It is a pleasure to work with ababySA, you guys really make me feel appreciated as a donor. I hope that you get many more success stories and that you realise that the work that you do is incredible, changing the lives of people and filling a space in their hearts solely designated for a family.”


“If I think back since the day my daughter was born, all bad things in life fade away. She is my life. That small whisper in my ear at bedtime….”I love you Mommy” is all worth it. Every Mommy deserves that sweetness.”


I have recently finished my 2nd Donation cycle with ababySA. Although very overwhelming at times, it was a great experience and now feels like a huge personal achievement, to take such a step and be part of a wonderful creation. I’d be grateful to donate again when I am selected. Gillian and Lara were there for me the whole way, I always knew what was to be expected, from the day I enrolled, up to my egg retrieval date. I’d love to donate through ababySA again!


“If I had a choice to turn back time – I would do this all over again. The PMS and bloated feeling I have been experiencing, is worth it! The joy that this couple will receive is beyond worth all this. I never would have imagined that I would have been in a position to give such a gift and the fact that I am, is an overwhelmingly warm feeling. Thanks for all the support I have received from you!!!”


“I have watched the video. Must be honest, had me all emotional and teary-eyed, my son culd not understand why mommy’s eyes are leaking for no reason and wanted to know if someone hurt me. Could not help but smile.”


“Not everybody understands your urge for a child. I do. That’s why I am volunteering to help you to have that joy in your life. Life is a gift from God. Embrace it, cherish it, live it!”


“Let’s us raise this generation and build this nation with love and passion. May God be with you. I love you both.”


“I don’t have the desire to have any children of my own so my contribution to the human race would be donating my eggs.”


“I have just been selected (for my 2nd donation) through ababySA. I feel extremely honoured to be part of this journey again. Yes, my reason to be a donor is to be part of helping a fellow MOTHER TO BE, a chance to embrace the phenomenal presence of being a Mother. That feeling of having a life grow within oneself. The support received from ababySA and working with everyone including the Clinic team, made my experience an enjoyable one. I am glad to be part of this magnificent opportunity once more.”


“I have only received excellent service from ababySA.”


“I hope that this gift will change your life in the most delightful way! The birth of a child is a true miracle and I am extremely happy that I could be a part of it in some way. Never lose hope and love as much as you can.”


“I would like to say a BIG Thank You to you and the ababySA team for not only being supportive but for also granting this amazing opportunity to make a big difference in somebody’s life. It was truly an amazing experience and has made me more aware of the fact that there can never be enough ways to help everyone out, but everyone can make positive impact. Thank you once again,and may you all stay blessed.”


“I want to help people who need it, would be nice to give people who struggle the option to have kids. Having a family is a beautiful thing and something that no one can take away from you. I believe everyone deserves happiness and if I can help I will definitely help.”


“You have been too awesome! Thank you for your support, I would do this again, no questions asked. Your ethics and kindness will take you far.”


“I would love to be part of making someone happy. Infertility is tough on one’s life in so many areas. I would love to bring joy and happiness to someone else’s life, by helping in this small way.”


“I thrive on helping other people and would love to help you realise the dream of having your own family.”


“I donated today and feel amazing. I would just like to thank you for your support. Everything went so smoothly. It’s also reassuring to know that I could phone you any time, about anything. I appreciate that, a lot. Thank you also for being there when I woke up, after the procedure and for my gift! That was really unnecessary but still most appreciated!”


“I would like to help bring the happiness that a child brings to a home, I know what it feels like to want something so bad but you can’t reach it.”


“Thank you so much, you are an amazing woman and it’s a pleasure working with u. I am also happy I was able to donate such a wonderful gift.”


“I would like to say a BIG Thank You to you and the ababySA team for not only being supportive but for also granting this amazing opportunity to make a big difference in somebody’s life. It was truly an amazing experience and has made me more aware of the fact that there can never be enough ways to help everyone out, but everyone can make positive impact. Thank you once again,and may you all stay blessed.”


“I wish to help you, I can only imagine not being able to have children, its every woman’s and some men’s dream and it’s unfortunate that in some people its slightly harder then others. Hope that you will allow me to help you.”


“I believe that we all serve a purpose in life, and in this life I want to know I have given life and hope to someone in great need of it. It’s a selfless act on my side.”


“I’m one person who finds it calming and very helpful to be helping someone who needs help and I’m able to provide if I can.”


“I want to help woman reach their dream of bearing children and experiencing the joy of motherhood.”


“If I am the one you pick, then I am deeply honoured to be part of your new found joy in life. I wish you all the best of luck. Remain the great person you are, faults and all because that is what makes you special! Having a child is truly a blessing and  I wish you every joy and happiness, and the opportunity to live your life to the fullest!”


“I would just like to express my THANKS & GRATITUDE to you, for your gift: I really appreciated it. The whole Egg Donation procedure was not the way I imagined it to be. It was very personal and you were like family. You were there, every step of the way to give me guidance and to give me courage. When I was worried, you soothed my worry with your kind words. I would also like to say BIG THANK YOU to ababySA, for allowing me to play such a huge role in a stranger’s life and in doing so, making that person happy. I know that there is a chance that things might not be positive for my recipient but I am confident, that she will become a mother one of these days and have her own bundle of joy in her arms. Making people happy and helping people has been a passion but I have never felt so good, like I’m feeling now, knowing that it’s possible to make a person happy for life. That’s HUGE!!! I will continue and try my utmost best, to keep on donating life. Once again thank you very much!!!!!!!!!”


“It’s been such a privilege to be able to donate for my recipient and work with all at ababySA and Vitalab.”


“It was a pleasure to have donated with you guys, of all three times I’ve donated, ababySA have given me the best support and interest system. I appreciate all your support and invested time and effort.”


“Thank you for being so wonderful during my egg donation cycle. I loved every minute of being part of this special process. Thank you for making the journey so meaningful and for being there for me every step of the way. I will definitely do it again!”


“Thank you so much for everything, I appreciate working with you and everyone you introduced me to. I just hope and wish my recipients are successful.”