How to grow beautiful, organic free range eggs!

chickenYou’ve been chosen by a recipient who has just invested a whole lot of time, emotions and money in the hope of becoming parents. By agreeing to be their donor, you’ve already done a truly wonderful thing, THANK YOU!

If you are wondering what you can do to improve your recipients chances at success…..keep on reading!budah

Well, there are lots of things you can do! Some of them are in the ‘can’t hurt, might help’ category – these include rubbing your Buddha’s belly, lighting your candles, singing your chants and saying a few prayers. We welcome as much help as the universe is prepared to give us. But there are even more things you can do, practical things that have been proven to increase the quality of your eggs.

Here is a list of Good Things and Bad Things that could affect whether your recipient conceives or not.

The Good Stuff

  • Folic acid (also known at vitamin B9) is a VERY cheap over-the-counter vitamin that greatly increases the quality of the eggs and prevents deformities in the embryo. It only costs a few ronts at the chemist, so we urge you to get some as soon as possible. Added bonus? Better skin and hair for you – even more gorgeousness!
  • waterMultivitamin – this is kind of self-explanatory. Anything that makes YOU healthier will make those eggies healthier too. So if you aren’t yet on a good multi vitamin, put yourself on one. Ask your friendly pharmacist for advice.
  • Water, water, water… drink, drink, drink.strawbs.jpg
  • Vegetables and fruit – the stuff your mother told you to eat as a child. She might have been off base with other stuff, but in this case she was right.

The Bad Stuff

  • Ok, I know this is going to make your sphincter clench, but smoking is BAAAAAD for you. Even if you don’t care about yourself too much, every single research study says that smoking is bad for your eggs. Egg quality is greatly reduced by smoking, so please please PLEASE try and cut back as much as you can. And if you are up to it, why don’t you use this as motivation to quit all together. You will be doing your recipient a huge favour and yourself! Seriously – smoking = very bad for egg quality
  • Smokers vs Non-smokers – how does it affect success rates:
    • # % # pos % success ave # eggs
      smokers 22 36% 10 45% 12
      non smokers 39 64% 23 59% 11

       In other words:

  • 64% of our donors don’t smoke.
  • Smokers only have a 45% success rate per attempt, where as non-smokers have a 59% success rate per attempt.
  • In other words, non-smokers fare 29% better as donors than smokers.
  • Average number of eggs retrieved is the same.
  • wine.jpgDrinking – look, we love our wine here at Nurture, so we would be the LAST people to tell you to give up, but as with everything, moderation is key. If you are going to drink yourself into a stupor, not only will you feel like poo the next day, but your egg quality will be reduced.

 

Bottom Line: Take a multivitamin (remember that taking folic acid is important to prevent neural tube defects in the early fetus), eat a diet rich in vegetable protein, low in animal protein, moderate processed starches and … drink water, lots of it. We are not saying “none” of this or “nun” of that – but a little extra tender loving care can go a long way!

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What an awesome way to start our Sunday!

4ecbdf33151304f43784881b9bf4dad0“Just a quick note to introduce our gorgeous little boy!

He was born at 36w+3, is absolutely beautiful and is doing great.

I would like to say a special thank you to you all for everything, we couldn’t have received this special little boy without you! xx”

“Thank you”

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We always check in with our donors post egg retrieval,  how lovely it is to get feedback like this:

“I appreciate the feedback, I wish the recipients all the best. I would also like to thank you for the gift and for making me feel special, constantly!”

“Thank you for making our dreams of having a family a reality”

girlgirlgirlWe are thrilled to announce the arrival of our beautiful, precious daughter born on Friday 10th October 2014.

She was delivered by Caesarean section and weighed in at 7lb 9oz.

Thank you once again to everyone involved in making our dreams of having a family a reality”

How many people does it take to make a baby?

10412026_10152315775450836_6826673376475710640_nTWO……We hear you say!!!

Well, nope, nowhere close!

That would be the answer in ‘normal’ circumstances, but when a recipient is medically unable to conceive on their own and decides to enlist the assistance of an egg donor to have a baby, we are talking about a whole team of people – in fact you would be surprised at just how many people are involved in the donation process, especially in the support and care of our amazing donors!

There are well over 15 people involved in each cycle, each having a critical part to play in this incredible journey, all striving for the same goal – to help a recipient reach their dream of having a baby (or two!)

It starts at the beginning with you and your decision to be an egg donor.  We know this isn’t a decision which is taken lightly – thank you for doing your research, homework and soul searching! Then there are the fabulous Nurture team who are right behind you 100% of the way, as well as the fertility clinic and all the team there who pull everything together to make the magic happen.

At the clinic your treatment is managed by a large team consisting of doctors, counsellors, IVF co-ordinators, admin staff, lab technicians (who take your blood samples), theatre nurses, embryologists (who collect, fertilise and take great care of your precious eggs) and many others who all have some vital part to play in the miraculous process of creating a life (or two!)

Not to mention the recipients, their friends and family who are in the background, waiting with high hopes for precious eggs and then with mixed feelings of anxiety and excitement for a positive pregnancy result!  The recipient’s are so close to the final stretch that lies ahead of them and to hopefully welcoming their baby into the world, all of this is because of YOU! Rest assured they are holding you up high in their thoughts and forever in their hearts!

When you go for a clinic appointment, you might be thinking that it’s just you and one or two other people involved in your treatment, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Being a donor really is an incredible experience, your immense generosity affects a number of people, some who you will not meet, but take comfort in the fact that each time you go to the clinic, a very dedicated team will all be ready to apply their unique expertise to the different stages of your journey and the Nurture team are always right here to support you from beginning to the very end and beyond!

We too will forever hold you in our hearts! x

 

“I thank you for your part in my journey”

A heart warming message from an amazing recipient who’s donor donated a second time, so that she, the recipient will have the opportunity to have a biological sibling for her first child:heart trio

“I had my 7 week appointment with the Dr today and I am so pleased to say I am pregnant with TWO beautiful babies!!

I am so grateful to Nurture and more importantly to my donor who agreed to donate again.  I have a lovely handsome son and now he will not be lonely, he will have two siblings.

I know I can’t communicate with the donor but please send my biggest thanks to her for giving me this precious gift of being a parent again. I know it’s God’s work and plan but he had a reason for me choosing this lovely woman! My son is peaceful and courteous and I am making sure he grows up to be the leader that I know he is.

I don’t have the words but THANK YOU. I am in tears writing this from both excitement and joy. 

The whole Vitalab team shared in my joy today, it was so wonderful to see.

I won’t stop. So let me stop here. 

Thank you to all of you.

Love always

xx”

15 reasons to get off the fence and become an egg donor…

  1.  905a6f5c3adfad5714024fe2e2734f56You’ll get to witness the wonders of modern medicine first hand.
  2. It will make you feel powerful in your ability to make positive social change.
  3. Many women and men desperately need eggs to make their families, and you could help them do that.
  4. The entire egg donation process only takes 2-3 months, and only 2 weeks of that is active participation
  5. You’ll learn more about your body, your menstrual cycle, and human reproduction in general
  6. Donating eggs will give you an appreciation of the beauty and power of your body
  7. Donating eggs will give you an amazing symbolic connection to your fellow human beings
  8. The experience will deepen your capacity to empathize with others’ suffering
  9. If your recipient is infertile, you can raise public awareness about infertility
  10. If your recipient is gay, you can raise public awareness about gay parenting
  11. “I’m an egg donor” makes a great conversation starter at parties.
  12.  You’ll be able to look back on the experience with pride
  13. It is your opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ with some very good karma sent out to the universe.
  14. You’ll be a member of a very small, very unique “sorority” of women who have donated eggs to others.
  15. You will have the fantastic, wonderful, awesome experience of having the country’s best egg donor team support you through the process – the Nurture team are like a best friend times a million!!

Adapted from an article written by Abbie Waters

“How blessed we have been to receive her special gift”

6bc4ad693b8ed04235678a14d4a0bb30I just wanted to let you know that I have had the big scan and everything is fine. We are thrilled to announce that we are expecting two beautiful girls, we couldn’t be happier!

It has been a very emotional time for us and we have tried not to get too excited, just in case. I finally feel like I can breathe a little now!

We are filled with hope and joy at the prospect of holding our precious darlings. Thank you so much for making our dreams come true.

Please can you let our donor know our wonderful news. I often think of her – what an amazing woman she is and how blessed we have been to receive her special gift!

xx

“With the holiday season virtually upon us, now is the time to reserve your donor for a baby-filled 2015″

07e1fbb06cd6c4354bfa41670287f8f8With only 9 Thursday’s left until Christmas, did you know that many of the clinics close for 2-3 weeks for the Holiday Season?

We are on our final push to get all cycles completed before the Holiday season! Contact us to view over 160 profiles of donors who are available to donate immediately.

And for those planning a January cycle, now is the time to reserve your donor for a baby-filled 2015!

“I would do it again in a heartbeat”

0daa4d25bf9af1db86f4c979f92e8cd1I’ve just got back home now from a wonderful stay in Cape Town. 

I just want to thank you for the amazing assistance I received from the Nurture team and the great stay at the guest house. The whole process from the time I was first told that I had been chosen as a donor until I got back home was absolutely wonderful! Everyone at the Cape Fertility Clinic was so pleasant and friendly too!

It truly was such an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I really pray and hope that everything works out well for the recipient.

xx