Donor Diaries: Katie

I will never forget how I felt when the request came in. I was a first time egg donor and, after doing a plethora of research, had decided I knew exactly what to expect of every step in the egg donation process. From the medication cycle to the retrieval and even the potential impact on my life after the donation- I was prepared for everything.

But then I found out that the people who wanted my eggs to help make them a family, they wanted to meet me.

I expected it to be a little strange, and in fact I was very nervous for it. I was so incredibly surprised when that wasn’t the case. The meeting, though rare for egg donors, felt so natural and comfortable. I think it was the most rewarding part of my donation. I walked away from that experience charged up and so happy. It made such a positive impression that I wound up donating twice more, for a total of three times.

I wish that I could know the outcomes of my donations, whether or not those people became parents with my eggs, but that does not change my overriding memories of the experience. I am so proud to have been able to be a part of something larger than myself. I didn’t give my kids away, as some might think. Instead, I gave someone else the tool that helped them have THEIR kids.

I never paused to consider how my decision might impact those in my future. It was the right choice for me, so I did it. Overtime I found that egg donation is a total deal-breaker for some men I may have had a romantic relationship with. But that doesn’t bother me either. The transfer of love from yourself to someone else should make you feel good. And Egg donation is something I feel very, very good about having done.

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.