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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Duprey

Borrowing A Single Cell | Using Donor Eggs to Conceive | Fertility Story

Updated: Jul 28, 2023


An estimated 1 in 6 couples experience difficulty conceiving, however, there are many ways that the dream of becoming a parent can be fulfilled. One such path is by using donor eggs to conceive.


Choosing to use donated genetic material to start or grow your family is a deeply personal decision that requires time and careful consideration. Genetic grief (grieving the genetic child you will never have) is real and a process that varies from person to person. But ultimately, a child conceived with donor eggs becomes the mother's biological child. That child is carried in their mother's uterus and nourished by their mother's blood. It is the mother's body which grows and develops that tiny embryo into a baby.


Many parents have successfully used donor eggs to conceive and found joy in their journey, just like this mama who kindly shares her story below.



a mother nurses her infant daughter during an in home family photoshoot in Wilmington, Delaware.


"I've always wanted to be a mom and I got pregnant relatively easily with my first child. My love for her took my breath away. I became pregnant again and lost it, as well as a few others. After four rounds of IUI and three rounds of IVF, coupled with delays due to COVID, my chances for baby number two seemed bleak. I decided to change practices where I was advised to use an egg donor. As my doctor said, "you are borrowing a single cell. The rest is all you." I was done with the heart ache and just wanted to finally have my baby. Our last embryo from the donor egg stuck, and now I am finally a mom to a second beautiful girl. I love her just as passionately, the kind of fierce protective love that comes from being a mom. She grew in my womb, I now nourish her with my milk. She is 100% my baby. Her older sister and my husband also couldn't be happier. I share this story openly because this is a part of her story in how she came to be. She is truly a miracle. I hope that other women will take comfort in my story and might explore this wonderful alternate route to becoming a mom if they too are suffering from infertility. I want women to know that they are not alone."


As told by T.F.


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a mother embraces her daughter who was conceived with a donor egg.


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a family plays on thier backyard swing set during a lifestyle family photoshoot. in Wilmington, Delaware.


a family plays on thier backyard swing set during a lifestyle family photoshoot. in Wilmington, Delaware.


a family plays on thier backyard swing set during a lifestyle family photoshoot. in Wilmington, Delaware.


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