The Donor Diaries: Kristin

Choosing to be an egg donor was a decision that I arrived at easily. I actually made the decision at 13 after reading an article while on an airplane. I remember thinking that was such a cool thing to do, and putting it on my back burner. In my 20’s I had developed a love of shopping and had a need for some debt relief. I stumbled across an ad for egg donors and everything just made sense.

I remember thinking that this was such a cool thing to be doing, and sharing the news with friends and families. The process leading up to the retrieval was so simple and the procedure was a breeze. The immense sense of pride and gratification at the end of that short procedure is overwhelming.

A lot of people want to shy away from talking about the financial aspects of egg donation, but I don’t. The benefit that my donations have provided for me have been life changing. I was able to pay off debt and later travel abroad for six months because of the financial freedom that donating gave me.

But it wasn’t all about the money. I also helped create families. It’s pretty surreal to see the faces of children who have come from my genetic makeup. It’s inspiring to know that something that has given me so much opportunity has also given those families endless joy and love.

I ultimately spent a decade donating eggs- a total of six times. While I am retired from donating now, it was a time in my life that changed who I am as a person and it’s a choice I remain passionate about. Having had the opportunity to change lives, both my own and those of the families I have helped, is an awe inspiring thing to have done with your life.

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.