“Knowing that I may have helped a couple create their own little miracle”.

images“Everything went perfectly with the egg retrieval and I cannot wait to hear if it was a success for that “mommy-to-be”.  I am fully recovered and am waiting for you to contact me for the next round!

I did not expect to feel this amount of joy, knowing that I may have helped a couple create their own little miracle.  It is exhilarating and soul fulfilling”. xxx



“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”

Yesterday I went for my egg retrieval procedure, and it really wasn’t too bad! A bit of pain but nothing that a warm bottle couldn’t fix!

After the whole procedure I think it finally hit me, what I’m actually doing. That was the 2nd proudest moment of my life (1st was the birth of my own child). Realising that I’m actually helping someone conceive a precious baby, a little angel, helping someone to give life is the best feeling ever!

TOL2 copyI also received a gift from “my couple”, a necklace with a tree on it, A TREE OF LIFE. Knowing that I’m helping them build their tree of life is sooooo precious to me, something I will forever treasure around my neck.  Its so special and I really do hope that all of this works out for the special couple.TOL2 TOL2

Thank you guys for everything you do, Nurture and Vitalab are truly so special.  Thank you to Anne too from Vitalab, she helped me and guided me through everything , you guys are definitely blessed.

Thank you for the support and love, I will definitely do it all over again!

This quote I feel is so true “We make a living by what we get, but we make a Life by what we Give

All my Love


“I can say one day I made a difference”

“Today’s scan went well. I’m ready and excited for the egg retrieval.  I can’t believe how quickly it went.  In November I couldn’t believe that I was matched again, and here I am anxiously waiting to make a deserving couple’s dream of having a child come true. What an amazing feeling it is, and I can say one day I made a difference!
Egg donation is by far the greatest gift I could ever give to another woman in her quest to become a mom. The wonderful waves of emotion that I have experienced on this journey will last me a life time. I can’t thank Nurture and Cape Fertility Clinic enough for making this possible. I have finally found my purpose. Thank you xxxx”

“Hoping with all my heart that everything goes well”

02d7c2ad9c5ad9a5592eb973e194e2edOn checking in with another lovely egg donor post her egg retrieval “I am doing well thank you.  Not much pain and recovering every day.
I am hoping with all my heart that everything goes well for the recipient couple.
Thank you for all the great care xx”

Why is it important for an egg donor to have a healthy BMI?

bmi2Firstly, lets address this Body Mass Index (BMI) that everyone talks about…

BMI is the measurement of a person’s body fat percentage, based on their height versus weight proportions.  To help you determine your BMI click here

One of the basic requirements for being an egg donor is to have a healthy BMI, ideally between 18 and 28. This has absolutely nothing to do with us wanting size 6 swimsuit models as donors!  Who doesn’t love a bit of curve after all!  But, on a serious note, we all know that being too voluptuous or too skinny-malinky is not good for one’s health – there are many medical facts to substantiate this and people with an unhealthy weight are prone to many health problems, never mind infertility.

When it comes to Fertility Medication

It has been proven that fertility drugs aren’t as effective in an over /under weight person as they are with those with a healthy weight.  Having to regulate the donor’s menstrual cycle with that of the intended parents is a critical step in managing an egg donation cycle. If your BMI isn’t within the correct range it can be difficult to predict a safe dosage of fertility medications for the best possible outcome. It may require higher doses of medication for the drugs to have the same effect on a woman with a high or low BMI. This higher dose of fertility medication puts the donor at risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) we never, ever want that!

It can also result in the Dr having to stop the treatment cycle entirely if the follicle growth just ain’t happening.  Extremely disappointing for both the Donor and the Recipient who is heavily invested, both financially and emotionally in the process – again, we never, ever want that!


During the egg retrieval you will be placed under anesthesia for about 20 minutes.  Anesthesia with a high (or low) BMI can cause a greater risk in respiratory and airway complications. The Doctors will never do anything potentially unsafe for a donor.  Becoming a donor is one of the most amazing gifts that you can ever give to someone, however it should come with as little risk to you and those precious eggs during the retrieval.

As an egg donor it is important to focus on the end result. You are providing what could be another life.  You will be providing intended parents the ability to have the baby they have longed for (phenomenal person you are!)

We cannot stress it enough – not only is it important for those eggies to be the best they can be but also the safety of the egg donor.

Having a BMI set within the normal range, between 18 and 28, is something that is important – Nurture cares about YOU!