• 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! 

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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Our Recipients say…

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!”

Sharna

“Thank you so much for your assistance and help this far.  Best of luck for your year and may your company be blessed for the work you are doing.”

Ayanda

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

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.”

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.”

Linda

Of course, no one deserves a greater appreciation than our donor, who gave the ultimate gift of love that any human being can bestow upon another and thereby helping us realize our dream of having a family of our own; for that, we can never find enough words to express our thanks.

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.”

Kelly

Thank you – you truly are in the right career to lift spirits when it’s all so overwhelming…:) I thought I would have chosen by now, I didn’t expect this to be so difficult. Really, any woman who is willing to donate is amazing!  Thank you so much for all this effort, you’ve easily been one of the nicest people I’ve had in assisting us to find a donor, and until we have our donor I will keep checking your website. Sincerely…thank YOU!

Craig

Your agency was so instrumental in connecting us with the right donor and ensuring the smooth transition of our treatment process. We’re delighted to let you know our incredible news of being pregnant. No words can begin to express how happy, grateful and excited we are. We are keeping a cautious optimism that our pregnancy will continue to progress to term and “OUR TWINS” (God Willing), will be greeting us several months from now. We will keep you guys abreast of our progress as we move along.

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.”

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 🙂

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.”

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.”

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.”

Bayo

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

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.”

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.”

Sarah

“Thank you for the absolute amazing gift that you guys give us. We will treasure this gift like we already do the first one. I can only say again that every moment with our son is an absolute joy, I cannot even start to imagine how lonely and achingly empty our lives would have been without him. What you are doing is so valuable – you give hope and joy and meaning to couples like us. Thank you.”

Nathalie

“We do not have enough words to thank our donor for her amazing gift, a gift that is a little miracle in itself. Please convey our thanks and appreciation to our donor and that we wish her well with all her studies and future plans. If we are so blessed to be successful and have a little baby, we will always be thinking of her and never forget her. We will take care of this little baby with all the love in our hearts.”

Nina

“I can’t tell you how much we have appreciated your quick responses and thoughtfulness and patience! I hope that this will be a wonderful result for us all.”

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.”