Egg donation is a medical process that spurs young, healthy women’s ovaries to produce extra eggs, which are then retrieved and made available to other women struggling with infertility. While women can donate eggs to a friend or a family member, women like Martin are typically recruited by fertility clinics or egg donation agencies to join an anonymous donor registry.
Couples seeking healthy eggs, then, select a donor whom they’ll probably never meet but who will, if all goes well, become their child’s biological mom. “You’re giving away something that’s very precious to these recipients,” Martin says. “To them, this is the end of a very long road.”
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Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.
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