Egg donation: the experience of a mom and first-time donor

This is post in an extract from mommy blogger and new donor Nicki Dadic, who is writing about her donation on her blog One of the Boys. Read all about her experience here.

Just two days after I submitted my application, I had been approved as a donor. The final step was a one-on-one with one of the ladies from Nuture. They are based in Cape Town, so I set up a telephonic interview with Helen a couple of days later.

Helen is Nurture’s Queen of hearts (and our Queen Bee) which means she works non-stop to ensure that Nuture’s donors are taken care of from their initial application until they are placed onto the website as a Nurture donor. However … it doesn’t stop there, as Helen continues to love and support the donors with any questions or concerns they might have along the way.  Her mothering instincts are also kept very busy on the home front with 3 beautiful daughters and a mad Italian who loves her dearly. What’s not to love! If we had a wife, we would want her to be just like Helen. Nurture wouldn’t function if it wasn’t for Helen’s hard work and dedication.

Let me begin by saying that Helen is all of this, AND a bag of chips. She’s lovely. In fact, all of the interactions I’ve had so far (with Helen, Melany and a quick email from Tertia) have been amazing. I’ve felt supported along every step, and it’s only just beginning!

So, I sat down with a cup of tea and, right on time, Helen gave me a ring. She asked me what I already knew about the donation process and why I wanted to get involved. I explained to her what I told you in the initial Donor Diary post and she explained things in more detail. We chatted for about half an hour and at the end of the discussion, Helen told me that my profile would be snapped up quickly, in her opinion. In some cases it’s quick … in some, its months or years until a recipient chooses a donor. Helen wished me all the best and said we’d be in touch.

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Tertia Albertyn is the founder of Nurture - South Africa’s longest-running and most successful Egg Donation Program. An accomplished speaker and an award-winning published author, as well as an ex-infertility patient herself, she is highly regarded in South Africa and internationally for the work she does in infertility. Tertia was instrumental in establishing the first FDA-approved frozen donor egg bank in Africa. Tertia has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and three children.