Donor Diaries: Marie

I have always been a bit of a fertile myrtle, and I certainly never planned on having a large amount of children. I have had a few friends who have had fertility issues, which brought to my attention the potential need “out there” for egg donors. I did some research and decided to apply.

My mind made the medical process much scarier than it actually was. I was told exactly how the process would happen, but until you start the shots for the first time, well… that process can’t be fully explained until you actually do it yourself! Ultimately though, I became a pro at my calendar and meds.

The appointments were all really straight forward. I would say the hardest part was not knowing how my body would react. The clinic always identifies the “worst case scenarios” in regards to over stimulation, etc. I hoped that wouldn’t happen, and thankfully my body cooperated, but not knowing for sure was probably the most intimidating part.

This decision is not a part of my daily life, but I did learn a lot. I learned how passionate I am about people and how I want to do what I can to help create amazing families. After donating my eggs I continued to research fertility, egg donation as well as surrogacy. Last year I was able to create another family in a different way. I was a gestational surrogate for a fantastic same sex couple.

If I had not had such a positive experience with my egg donation I may not have ever considered being a surrogate. I am grateful for this journey and feel so thankful that my body has been able to help others.

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.