What makes our dialog with our egg donors so special? We treasure and respect an invaluable gift they give to our patients, one that no amount of money truly reflects. All our egg donors have their own children and they recognize how much their own lives have changed when they have come into them: coloursbecame brighter and sounds turned more harmonic. Many of our egg donors cannot even imagine how their lives could be without children!
Our egg donors are givers — they give away not only a little cell from their body, they also give away parts of their huge hearts. They also value the opportunity of being a part of an amazing miracle and we support their feeling of value to the world. We also always take the very best care of our egg donors’ medical and psychological health.
Many of our egg donors have told us that their own lives have changed for the better after they became egg donors; this is the way it should be isn’t it? – the good that you give away is returned, but in some other form: better job, better relationships, happier children, more success and recognition. Our egg donors express positive thoughts and hopes, and this attracts a positive future.
We greatly appreciate the big hearts, dedication, loyalty and amazing individualities of all of our egg donors!
Why do egg donors come to us? Currently 9 of our former egg donors have become our full time Team members — so why not ask them? Here they share with you their values, reasons for donation and own philosophies!
Violetta Tikhomirova, a doctor, mother to a son and daughter
Joined the team in December 2015 (former egg donor with 3 egg donations 2015-2016)
‘I think the most important thing in life is to know how to be happy and to feel the joy of this happiness every day. Love your life, smile more often and tell your family how much you love them’. Read more⤵
It seems easy, but it is so hard at times to be happy, to enjoy your present day and to feel your dear moments in life. I try to cherish everything that surrounds me, what comes to my life and to let people into my heart. Sometimes it is so essential to stop in this crazy ride of daily routine and to recall the important things in life. What do we live for? — Life itself is priceless! We should teach our children about this in addition to the things we usually teach: to be responsible, hardworking, polite etc. Love your life, smile more often and tell your beloved ones how much they mean to you and how much you love them.
Anna Macarova, egg donation team leader, a mother to a son and daughter
Joined the team in December 2011 (former egg donor with 3 egg donations 2008 - 2010)
‘The world conceals lots of wonderful things visible only for those who can see’. In my daily work I am inspired and amazed to be able to connect people who are desperately looking for help and those who are happy to stretch this helping hand over thousands of kilometers. Read more⤵
I used to be an egg donor myself in 2008-2010. Then I have joined the team in 2011 to help Dr. Olga in her dialogues with potential new egg donors. My own egg donation experience has helped me a lot in the educational and supportive communication I have with potential and active egg donors.
Today we are a great team of former egg donors who take warm, friendly and professional care of our active egg donors. I am the egg donation team leader and I am delighted to work with my team– we all have similar life values, way of thinking and a great wish to help people in their long journey to parenthood. We do a very important job, we have lots of love and care for human beings. We enjoy making people happier and create new families! 😊
Ksenia Pukhova, Egg donor coordinator, a mother of two sons and a daughter
Joined the team in May 2016 (former egg donor with 6 egg donations 2014-2016)
‘I love human beings! The most important part of my life is to give myself away in my help of others and to feel I am helpful. The more I manage to help, the more efficient I become — my results fuel my energy! I want to believe that the life around me will always be moving forward!’ Read more⤵
My life strategy is — never bond myself to the material things. I let material values leave easily, if they are to leave me. Thus, I surround myself with positive and happy moments. They charge and motivate me for being strong and productive in the future and this relates to all sphere of my life: my work, my relationship, bringing up children, communication with the rest of the world.
Irina Kuznetsova, a medical coordinator, a mother of a daughter
Joined the team in June 2017 (former egg donor with 4 egg donations 2014 – 2016)
‘The world around us is wonderful and marvelous. I truly believe we are the ones who must create those miracles in our lives ourselves. I am so blessed to be a part of the team, which makes this world better and happier every day’. Read more⤵
My first meeting with the clinic was in 2014, where I came to become an egg donor. After my first visit to clinic I felt myself to be in the caring and reliable hands of professionals and friendly and kind people. All my doubts went away, I was given lots of information about what WE are doing (the clinic and me), what for and who needs my help.
At present, when I take care of our egg donors before, during and after their donations, I do my best to make sure they feel the same supported and cared for way, like I felt being an egg donor. I try to give as much information as I can, to reply to all questions quickly and efficiently, to support our dear ladies, when they experience any fears and doubts concerned with the medical procedures. For that reason, I am always in contact with our egg donors – by phone, on social network and messengers. Because, it is so important to be confident about the treatment and to be sure everything goes according to the treatment plan!
Marina Abdulina, administrator, a mother of a son and daughter
Joined the team in April 2015 (former egg donor with 6 egg donations 2013-2015)
‘Your dreams stay just dreams if you are not pursuing them’. Read more⤵
Starting from my childhood, I enjoyed sharing with people the most valuable thing that I may have at that time: I shared a piece of a cake with a larger portion of cream, I cycled the old bike of my neighbor and he cycled my new one, I wrote an exam paper for my classmate and only afterwards I wrote my own))). I enjoy when happy people surround me, and I charge my energy when I share my joy with others. Our goal in our work is to gift happiness to people, to give away ourselves. Don’t stop us 😉
Ekaterina Yakushina, office manager, a mother of a daughter
Joined the team in October 2017 (former egg donor with 1 egg donation 2016)
‘Together we can achieve everything! True boundaries exist only in our heads. You always have an opportunity to stop, have a rest and weep, but you are much stronger, than you consider yourself to be’… Read more⤵
I graduated from University, married my lovely husband and had a wonderful daughter. My life was filled with lots of new bright colors and I truly wanted to share my happiness with the whole world.
The biggest blessing for every woman is a child, I think it is common feeling everywhere on our planet. Good deeds bring a greater good to the world. One day I was faced with an opportunity to share my happiness, I was invited to become an egg donor. This was the beginning of my new way of helping and feeling. At present I am an office manager in the best and strongest team of like-minded people and together we continue our hard work for each of you! Realizing, that the result of our mutual work – is a miracle. Your small and long-awaited miracle 😊
Taisia Patlatova, medical secretary, a mother of a son
Joined team in April 2018 (former egg donor with 3 egg donations 2017)
‘I am a mother of a very lovely boy. He has changed my life by adding a million tones and coloursinto it. Helping others to feel the happiness of motherhood is a huge blessing.Today as a medical secretary I experience with every one of you your challenging stories, feeling myself a part of that story and a person who can make this small input into the life of strangers, but ones that feel so close at the same time – they are incredible feelings. I cry and laugh together with you’. Read more⤵
To be the reason of another person’s happiness – is a great blessing for me. I became an egg donor supported with this thought, later I joined the team of efficient specialists of this clinic. Being able to help people opens for me a new world. I am a mother of a very lovely boy; he has changed my life by adding a million tones and coloursinto it. After his arrival my life was filled with a new special meaning. Helping others to feel motherhood happiness – is the huge blessing.
Its so important to be able not only to take, but also to give away. The more we can give away, the more we get returned to us. Now as a medical secretary I experience with every one of you your challenging stories, , feeling myself a part of that story and a person who can make this small input into the life of strangers, but ones that feel so close at the same time – they are incredible feelings. I cry and laugh together with you
I am so happy when you get what you have dreamed about for so long. I hold the hope together with you when you are on your way to becoming parents. You are all such different people, but with no exclusion, you are all such wonderful prospective parents. I’d like to wish all our patients good luck, never stop hoping, because someday definitely you will hear your long-awaited baby’s cry and very soon after that the long-awaited “mummy” … From that moment your lifes will never be the same again!
Alexandra Belyak, administrator, a mother of a son
Joined the team in May 2018 (former egg donor with 2 egg donations 2017 – 2018)
‘There is no power which can defeat us... Every time when I have problems I remember my grandma’s words and everything becomes better and my problems go away’. Read more⤵
There is no power which can defeat us...” I live with this slogan all my life every day; this came from my grandma. Every time when I have problems I remember my grandma’s words and everything becomes better and my problems go away.
I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful team, because every person gives me motivation to be stronger and make our world better! We try to make people happier, to make them parents. Our children are our future and we must give them the best things we have. I look forward with great love to helping everyone who wants to continue this wonderful journey.
Valeria Sergeeva, patient coordinator, a mother of 2 daughters and a son
Joined the team in August 2018 (former egg donor with 5 egg donations 2012 - 2018)
‘The most important thing in every woman's life is to use her love and soul the best possible way. I believe the more kindness I share and more help I give the happier I become’. Read more⤵
Since a long time ago from my early childhood I've been looking for my sense of living, the idea I belong. My family and three children gave me some feeling of comfort and importance, but they were not enough to feel myself as part of the bigger world. I studied foreign languages to become closer to other cultures and different ways of thinking, I'd met a lot of people and changed several professions before I found the best combination of what I do and what I enjoy.
Every day I switch my laptop thinking about people who wrote me, waiting for their response. I feel a real pleasure interacting with someone who's thousands of miles away, meeting incredible personalities and helping those who are really waiting for ia child. Life is spinning around us and I listen to its tunes and flow along with it, thanking the universe for every bright living day.
Every day we receive applications from potential egg donors who would like to take part in our egg donation programmes. Many of them find out about us in social media where we have specialized educational groups for those who consider becoming an egg donor. Also, many potential egg donors come to us because they have heard positive feedback about us from their friends, or relatives.
Considering the pros and cons of becoming an egg donor usually takes time. We had a questionnaire among our active egg donors asking: “After you have found out about egg donation how long did you considering becoming an egg donor for?” — 36% have taken 3-6 months for decision making, 22% have been thinking 6-12 months and 14% have been thinking for more than 1 year before they decided to contact us and apply for being an egg donor. Durig this time they have done their thoughtful deciding first and have gotten their husband’s\relative’s support before making this decision, making our egg donors emotionally ready and easy collaborate with.
We are so happy to work with thoughtful, responsible and dedicated egg donors, who understand all the importance and complexity of the act of donation. Also the donors’ loyalty to the donation concept and our team is very important and offers our clients a practical opportunity of having the same donor when creating a sibling in the future.
Our egg donors get financial compensation for their donations. This compensation is a good addition to the family budget, but not the key decision factor for egg donation. There might be months before a donor is chosen by a patient from the Catalogue of Egg Donors. Those candidates who were driven towards egg donation by the wish to receive quick money will not be able to fulfill all the necessary steps for entering our Catalogue and will soon disappear.
What our egg donors mainly focus on is the desire to help childless women become mothers and to become a part of something bigger. They also appreciate the opportunity we offer them to keep good track of their own medical health.
Today we have more than 600 healthy, educated committed egg donors and more than 180 egg donors whom are ready to donate in the nearest time and in the time frame that is convenient for our patients.
Medical tests for egg donors
Our potential egg donors have exemplary medical and laboratory records and an ideal follicular reserve. In addition, their mental and psychological health is tested and they are fully prepared emotionally for the responsibility and commitment needed for egg donation and becoming and egg donor.
It is important to let you know that we accept only 10% of potential candidates due to very strict inclusion criteria:
- We conduct in-depth interviews with each candidate about health, children, family medical history, education, job, interests, values in life and reasons for becoming an egg donor.
- We try to understand if the potential egg donor family life, job and work life allow her to become an egg donor, because participating in the donation programme may take considerable amount of time and energy
- A candidate is seen by three different medical doctors (gynecologist, general practitioner and psychiatrist) to prove physical and mental health.
- Medical investigations and tests:
- General health history
- Reproductive history/gynaecology
- Genetic history
- Ultrasound examination of ovaries and uterus (every month)
- HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C (every 3 months)
- Chromosome screening
- Clinical blood test: Haemoglobin, RBC (red blood cells), and WBC (white blood cells including the count of their fractions i.e. (lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils) (every month)
- Clinical urine test (every month)
- Biochemical blood test (liver and kidney values, sugar, protein) (every month)
- Blood coagulation (every month)
- Electrocardiography (every year)
- Lung X-ray (every year)
- Cytology smear (every year)
- Bacteriology smear (every month)
- Smears for genital infections (chlamydia and others) (every 6 months)
Those potential egg donors, who have successfully passed through the previous screening steps, will provide their data for our Catalogue of Egg Donors. Information for the egg donor’s profile in the Catalogue comes from in-depth interviews with the donor, the questionnaire that the egg donor fills in, Information that they give about their family health and family history; our egg donors provide also dialogue with their family relatives.
Both patients and donors experience a lot of new thoughts and emotions before and during the egg donation process; this process is very precious and emotional for both. As a team of professionals we provide psychological support to both sides. Amazingly, egg donors and patients also support each other reciprocally without even having met each other!
We are happy to pass a supportive letter from an egg donor to “her” patient before the embryo transfer day and a thanksgiving letter from a patient to her donor after the treatment. These lovely letters help both sides to feel an immense personal support and appraisal, to feel connected on a very intimate level. When you write your thanksgiving letter, or a success story for our web sites many egg donors have tears of happiness and feel touched and included, since each of them can identify herself with an egg donor in your story.
Each egg donor can’t wait to know whether her donation has been successful. Imagine how long their egg donation process has been too: to learn about egg donation and to feel the calling of becoming an egg donor, to discuss this concept with her husband/partner, to take the first step and meet the Egg Donation Team, to fill the donor’s ‘huge’ questionnaire, to pass all the medical examinations, to undergo the stimulation, egg retrieval and recovery period. It is so rewarding for each egg donor finally, to learn if she helped a patient to become a parent.
Off course our donors will never get any personal details about “their” patients, but this is not what they are looking for either. This is a great honor and joy just to find out that a baby, after donation, has been born and whether it was a boy 👦 or a girl? 👧. Knowing that a baby was born, even on the other side of the world, brings so much positive energy and support to our donors. It is amazing to literally become part of such a huge happiness!
Quite often patients ask: “Why would someone donate eggs? I have been through several IVF attempts! I remember how hard and sad it was…” You may be surprised to find out that egg donors never experience the same grieving, or frustrations as patients do, especially when they fail to get pregnant. Frustrations through unsuccessful IVFs are only 10% — the situation and the 90% — due to the long history of trying to have a baby.
In comparison donors do not attempt a pregnancy, they already have healthy children and wish to share their happiness with you! They pass an amazing gift and change life of another human being and enjoy being a giver. This is why they perceive this egg donation process so much lighter and easier than patients do.
A patient and an egg donor perceive an IVF procedure differently due to difference in their reproductive histories and current life situations. During the stimulation process we see smiling, inspired faces of our egg donors. Interestingly, they have different feelings, but the same goal — a baby! Your baby! And they ask us the same questions as you do: “what can I do to make my eggs better quality? What vitamins should I take? Will I harm the eggs if I should have a glass of wine?
We establish a long-term relationship between our egg donors and the team. At present we have lots of egg donors who came to us the first time in their early 20-s while having just one child, have donated once, or twice, then have given birth to one, or two more children of their own and have then come back to donate again. This long-term relationship is based on trust and mutual respect between a donor and the team and makes it possible for patient to create a brother, or a sister to the first child in the future.