March 30, 2014
These beautiful words speak for themselves. You can see some of them on our Facebook page and here are some more.
Being a Mother – Catherine
My son’s beautiful smile when he sees me. Smiling back at him. Hearing him giggling when I chase him on all fours. Listening to him happily chattering away to himself. Seeing him discover his hands and feet. Watching his amazement as he stands for the first time. Seeing his excitement as our cats go racing by. Showing him the sea. Sitting with him in the garden. Cuddling him when he is upset. Laughing with him when he splashes in the bath. Helping him eat his favourite food – hearing him mmm in approval. Playing building blocks together. Stroking his hair when he is tired. Resting our heads together. Watching him sleep peacefully after a busy day exploring his world and all the new things in it. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful donor.
When my GP told me I wouldn’t be able to have children I was completely shocked. I was 26 and although I wasn’t thinking about starting a family at that time, it was something that I had assumed would happen at some point. In that moment my thoughts of having a family were taken away – not just from me, but also from my partner. I was devastated. Since then it’s been a rocky journey, but as I sit and write this, five years since that initial appointment, I have been given the most amazing opportunity. I am pregnant with a baby due this summer, and eternally grateful to our egg donor who has given myself and my partner the opportunity to become parents. I may never know any more about our donor than the snippets of information provided through Altrui, but she will never be far from my thoughts. I hope that she (and other egg donors out there) know just how appreciated and life changing it is to be the recipient donor eggs.
Our baby is due next month and neither of us can quite believe we are in this lucky position. We have a daughter whom we conceived naturally but, despite many years of trying (and many different methods – acupuncture, Chinese tea, no booze, no caffeine, IVF etc), we were unable successfully to have a second child. Our daughter longed for a sibling and had suggested her own ideas which we might try (“you could knit one, Mummy”; “why don’t you just eat more and get fat, Mum, then a baby will come out?”). We longed for a second child to complete our family and for our daughter to have her much yearned-for sibling. Altrui and our special, wonderful donor have made this possible.
With Mothers’ Day approaching, we feel blessed that, if all goes well, we shall have two little visitors to our bed on Mothers’ Day morning next year and that, this year, we can enjoy talking through how life will be when Bump emerges with a very excited little girl.
Soon I will be enjoying my first Mother’s day which will be a very happy day for me. When I found out that I was infertile, my life was turned upside down as having a child was something I had dreamt about since I was a young girl. I have always been a very maternal person and I chose a career working with children. The realisation that I could not have children was so painful, and over the years I watched my friends and family around me all having children with apparent ease and I wondered – why me? However, meeting Alison from Altrui gave me hope of the possibility of my dream coming true with the help of an egg donor.
I am now so lucky as with the assistance of an altruistic egg donor my husband and I have a beautiful baby boy. The selfless gift that our egg donor gave us has changed our lives forever and the painful hole in my heart has now disappeared. Our lives feel complete and every day I wake up and can’t wait to see our son and enjoy his smiles. Our egg donor has given us so much happiness and has made the most amazing experience in my life possible, being a Mum.
The mother who enabled my husband and I to have a much longed for child is indeed an angel. To give the gift of life is the biggest and most blessed thing one can do for someone else. We now have a son who has changed our lives in the most astonishing way, a child, an angel, a son, a member of our family — we are now a family! I will never be able to thank our donor enough, I keep her in my prayers and though at times it is hard to believe that my child isn’t 100% me, I will never be able to forget the generosity of somebody and of course their family. It is so much more than giving an egg, it is a huge impact on yourself, family and partners, it is time from your life in thought and time. You give a part of you for no return except the assurance that you have changed someones life for the better.
These people are blessed.
March 30, 2014
This week we’ve heard from some of our Altrui mums who have said just how much their egg donation means to them, especially on Mother’s Day. (If you want to read them again, check back on our Facebook page.)
So we’d like to give a big thanks to the wonderful egg donors who made it possible, for these mums, and for the others who have families today because egg donors have come forward.
Thank you to all our egg donors from Michele, Sarah, Catherine, Mary, Fiona, Susan, Sarah, Anne, Catherine, DD, Caroline, Becky, Marcelle, our anon mums, and from the Altrui team – we love working with you! And thank you from all our hopeful mums-to-be who are wishing next Mother’s Day they’ll be a mum too.
March 28, 2014
We always want the best for our clients, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure that each one of our clients experience the best personal service from beginning to end here at Altrui. Our team of experts offer professional and personalised service for both egg recipients and egg donors. This is why we are the UK’s premier source for egg donation services.
Who Do Altrui’s Egg Donation Services Benefit?
Egg donation may be recommended for those that have no ovaries, no eggs, or produce low-quality eggs. This may occur due to several factors including premature menopause, treatment for cancer, inherited conditions and more. If a woman has a low chance of becoming pregnant or is at a high risk of passing on an inherited disorder she may be referred for egg donation services.
What Are the Advantages of Egg Donation Services?
At Altrui we provide our clients with knowledge about the entire egg donation process from start to finish. We do this for both the donor and the recipient. Our success rates are high due to the fact that we screen all donors and those donating their eggs receive the highest level of care throughout the entire process. We match up egg donors with egg recipients here in the UK which means that you will not have to travel abroad to receive the best treatments available.
For more information about egg donation, contact us today. You can reach us by telephone on 01969 667 875 or you can reach us online by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with detailed information about the entire process. Please take the time to browse through our website to find out more information about how to become an egg donor or how to become an egg recipient.
March 17, 2014
One of the possible side effects of the egg donation treatment cycle is bloating. It is caused by the ovaries drawing fluid into the abdominal cavity as they grow, and usually subsides a few days after egg collection. How much donors feel this differs from one woman to another. Some egg donors might feel mildly distended, others might feel as though they are several months pregnant, but most will feel some way between the two.
Egg donors can do a couple of very important things which will minimise the side effects and help considerably to ease any discomfort, both while taking the medication, and after egg collection.
Drink more water
It is recommended that you must try and drink at least 2 litres of water a day when you are on the cycle itself. Straight water is better than diluted fruit drinks, as they contain a lot of sugar and tend to result in weight gain; when you’re drinking this much you will almost certainly notice the difference once the cycle is over!
If this is the only way that you can manage this amount of fluid, then try diluting the fruit drinks as much as you possibly can, but plain water is undoubtedly the best! Water flushes out any toxins that result from the treatment, enables the eggs to develop to be the best quality they can for a couple, and will combat any tiredness and lethargy that you may feel.
As well as drinking lots of water, Lucozade Sport is good to combat the bloating. The one that is most effective is the sugar-free isotonic one, as it balances the electrolytes and any imbalance of fluids caused by the growing ovaries. A couple of bottles a day, one in the morning and again in the evening, should really help.
Generally speaking, the more fluids you can manage to drink during a cycle, the better you will feel and the fewer side effects you will have.
To find out more, see our information about egg donation with Altrui. Alternatively, if you want to talk about any of the issues in this blog, or egg donation in general, you can contact us for a chat on 01969 667875 or email Alison and Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.