• Why should I choose ababySA.com?

    We care about one thing only – professional services to the special groups with whom we work: Egg Donors, Recipients and Clinics. We have plenty of experience in managing the process of Egg Donation and – at the end of the day – it’s all about a successful pregnancy. It’s about you, not us.

    We want, manage and support committed, high-quality Donors; we provide these special people to you, our Recipients with empathy and an understanding of your special circumstances and we support busy Fertility Clinics with properly-screened, responsible and committed people.

     

  • How old are your Egg Donors?

    The ideal age for egg donation is the age at which your Egg Donor’s eggs are most viable, and egg quality is directly affected by the age of your Egg Donor. Statistically, this means women in their mid-20s, although slightly older and slightly younger women are excellent candidates, too. ababySA accepts Egg Donors from 20 to 34 years old.

  • Can we trust the information on my Egg Donors’ profile?

    We obviously rely on the Egg Donor to be honest. We do communicate with her and will verify selected information, but – believe us – there’s no real financial gain in donating, so no motive to lie on her profile. She’s going to jab herself with needles, risk mood swings and bloating and be involved in an anonymous medical procedure that takes time out of her normal lifestyle.

    It’s in all our interests to make sure that you choose the right Egg Donor in every sense of the word. There are enough checks and balances in the system to pick up problem Egg Donors well in advance of them qualifying to join our database! 

  • I don’t know much about South Africa. Where do I start? Can you help?

    This is a great place. It’s modern and African, with world-class infrastructure and top-skilled medical professionals. It’s a diverse country of enormous possibility, in convenient time zones and with outstanding scenery. Start here

  • Will the procedure work?

    60-70% of the time it does work, first time. As in, “you are finally pregnant!” 

    It’s a real prospect if you have been struggling with infertility. If not, as the Clinics usually recover more eggs than you actually need for your IVF, you could try a Frozen Egg Transfer (FET), or you could try the routine again. After three cycles using donated eggs, the success rates reach into the 90%s.

    Obviously there are many factors involved in bringing your successful pregnancy to term. Your specialists are qualified to discuss this with you in detail and we encourage you to ask for as much information as you can.

  • What is a Proven Egg Donor? Should I choose one?

    If an Egg Donor has donated successfully before, or been pregnant before, she is “proven”. But all our Egg Donors have medical scans and examinations to confirm they have ovaries and eggs and to track how their eggs mature with hormone treatment. So there is only a slight doubt removed when you choose a Proven Egg Donor.

    Concentrate on choosing the right Egg Donor for you.

  • Are Frozen Egg Transfers (FET) often successful?

    Frozen eggs, thawed later, may lose up to 50% of their fresh potential. You can imagine how difficult it is to perfectly preserve anything in this way! So, fresh is always better than frozen (although recent studies suggest that new techniques may improve this record significantly).

    Anyway, the Fertility Clinics do have very strict criteria for choosing eggs that may be frozen – and they will only implant embryos that have been grown successfully in the laboratory for two days. Even then, the likelihood of a successful pregnancy is still lower than that of a fresh cycle.

  • Will I have to wait for an Egg Donor?

    Our Egg Donors may decide to donate again. In South Africa, the medics suggest a maximum of six donations, or five pregnancies, whichever comes first. Clinics may differ slightly in this, but will be able to justify their policy to you.

    Once an Egg Donor is matched, or chosen, we remove her profile from our website. After at least one normal cycle and period, she may choose to donate again – so they have at least three months break between donations, and the decision to continue is theirs and theirs alone. As long as you are reasonably clear about what you are looking for, we should have a good few choices for you.

  • What plays a more important role, nature or nurture?

    We wish we could confidently answer this question. There’s a good summary of the debate here, but – in short – we wonder if your child’s innate (genetic) blueprint (nature), or her environmental experiences (nurture) will play a stronger role in defining the person she or he will ultimately grow to be. Our Egg Donor profiles are detailed precisely because we think that you should have enough information to choose natural features that match yours, but – as we’ve said – there’s no doubt that the family environment is critical to your child’s development. This is your baby. You are the mother.

  • How do the specialists decide what is a good quality egg?

    Retrieved eggs are surrounded by cumulous cells, that mask the true nature of the egg until they are removed by the sperm, about 19 hours after insemination. Then, the embryos have to develop due to a specific timeline (four-cell stage on day 2 and an eight-cell stage on day 3). When this process has taken place, your specialist is able to comment with some confidence on whether the particular embryo is a “good” one.

    Interestingly, embryos that develop faster, or slower than this timeline, are generally, but not always, of lesser quality.

  • So, you have a lot of background on your Egg Donors?

    Apart from basic information such as age, weight and location, our Egg Donors also tell us about their personality and motivation for donating, their education, their medical and family medical history (up to two generations) and we disclose childhood and baby photos to you. There’s plenty of information for you to consider!

  • Is Egg Freezing a good idea?

    It’s common practice to freeze some extra eggs recovered from an Egg Donor (assuming that they meet set medical standards), for your future use if necessary. Although use extensively, it’s still early days and successful pregnancy rates are still much lower than when you use donated eggs immediately as they are recovered.

    ICSI is usually used to fertilize frozen eggs after thawing.

Find A Donor

Our Recipients say…

Riley

“Thanks for your mail. Yes we are making progress! Thanks so much for looking after our donor I really want her to be okay throughout the process. Thanks also for letting me know you are there for me.”

Lynne

I am pleased to let you know that the final procedure of embryo transfer has been successfully done this afternoon. I am overwhelmed and cant wait to share good news next week after my first pregnancy test. I hope and pray all will be well. Honestly mere words fail me. Please accept my sincere gratitudes. Had it not been for your support and expertise, l wouldn’t be so happy. Please share my happiness with my donor. I am head over heels now. Flying back home tomorrow.”

Nyasha

Thank you so much! It still feels quite surreal. I just want to say a huge ‘Thank You’, for making this process as smooth as possible and for providing us with the most wonderful donor. Please could you relay a message to our donor from us: ‘The gift you have given us will be cherished and loved beyond measure (in fact he/she already is!). You are truly a wonderful, giving individual. Thank you so very very much.”

Olivia

“Thank you again for taking the time to explain the process to me and for allowing us the time we need to make our decision.”

Camilla

“We would like to thank our donor for her willingness to donate, for sticking with the programme, doing everything she was able to in order to give us the very best outcome. Thank you also for your dedicated support throughout.”

Kiara

“Thank you for letting me know how my donor is and that she is coping so well. She is very brave. Thank you for being there.”

Maxine

“You have made this so much easier for us to deal with.  What started out as an impossible road to travel, became an easier path – just by your positive approach, your kind words and gentle guidance, made everything so much clearer and easier to understand and accept.  Just knowing that you were there for us, every step of the way and for our donor, meant the world to us. Our donor retrieval was today –  You have made this journey such a pleasant one, you gave us the opportunity to feel excited again. Thank you for everything you’ve done, every step of the way.”

Zakai

“We must thank you, for being so timeous in your response when we did have questions. Also, for the support as we now prepare for one of the most important days of our lives.”

Trish

I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done to make this journey as smooth as possible. And please can you give a HUGE thank you to our Donor for all that she has put herself through the last few weeks. It can’t be easy and she is very brave and very selfless to do this for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Michaela

Please send all my love and best wishes to our donor. Words are never enough but the fact that she’s helping me again, to give my little girl a brother or sister, is just truly wonderful and amazing. She’s made my life so happy 🙂

Leanne

In our own small way, we want our donor to know how much we appreciate her gift of love and will always pray that the divine spirit of God ensures her path is clear to realize all her dreams in every aspect of her own life. Our experience was so positive that we will be coordinating referrals of U.S couples in similar situation to use your agency when their treatment calls for donor assist.Once again, our sincerest heartfelt thanks. We will keep you posted.”

Lovisa

I’m so grateful I was able to work with you as an Egg Donor Agency and to know you are keeping in contact with our donor and looking after her so well. It’s so heart warming & reassuring to know we are both in good hands!!

Bayo

“My husband and I are both very excited to have our Donor, and we are looking forward to working with you.”

Ayanda

“Thank you so much for your help, we really appreciate it!”

Andrea

“Thank you so much for replying to my mail, it has been great to work with you so far, and I will highly recommend your firm.”

Zaynib

Thank you so much for your reply with regards to my questions, we were given a list of other donor agencies from the fertility clinic, but we would like to use your agency, as you are so helpful and I am happy so say I feel so at ease chatting to you even though I have not even met you. Tracey, thank you once again for helping us by making this process a little easier.”

Nashawna

“I am sure that you are aware that this is a very difficult emotional process, but you have been an amazing support to me, and I will always be very thankful for your assistance and guidance through this time.”

Avril

“Wow!!! This is absolutely fantastic. We are really excited and it is such good news to know that our Donor is willing to donate for us. We really felt a connection with her when we read her profile and just knew that this is the perfect match.”

Debra

Thank you SO much!! We are very excited. Thank you guys for everything you were fabulous to deal with at every stage of the process. We will keep you updated with our news.”

Victoria

“Our son is now 5 ½ weeks old and already a strapping 5.3kg! He is the most lovely baby, very well behaved, a star drinker and sleeper and an absolute joy. He is our pride and joy and every moment with him is just a pleasure – we cannot get enough from him. Even if he is sleeping we miss him. We stand staring at him with full overflowing hearts most of the time, so amazed at the absolute wonder that your gift brought to us.”

Feroza

“Thank you once again for all your support and assistance through the process. It really meant so much to me that you were always there for me – always quick to respond. As you know, the process is filled with anxieties, and it helps so much to know that you are there, listening.”