Story in THE SUN newspaper today about women donating their eggs…This week it was announced that egg donors could get up to £750 for a donation and sperm donors could also be paid around £35. Currently there is a huge shortage of people willing to donate their eggs and sperm – but there is a big demand from childless couples who could not have a longed for child any other way.
For this follow-up feature in The Sun I spoke to two women who both donated their eggs for free. First up was Jackie Barr. Although husband Stephen wasn’t keen on her donating, the mum of two really wanted to help another couple. At the same time she felt a desire to have more children and felt this was a way of doing just that. Although recipients of egg and sperm do not know the identity of those who’ve donated to them, if a baby results, when that child is 18, he or she allowed to know who their biological parent is and can be put in contact with them. It is thought this is what puts a lot of people off donating – but for Jackie the thought of donated children turning up on her doorstep in 18 years time is a welcome one and in fact she admits she will be disappointed if no-one knocks at her door.
The second interviewee was Jodie Michalska. Jodie already has a baby with wife Carmen, conceived with anonymous donor sperm from a regulated clinic. But in order to get a discount at the same time as going through the treatment, she donated 18 eggs. She has since donated again – and in fact admits it isn’t for financial reasons. She recently received a card from a couple who’ve received her eggs saying thank you. Jodie doesn’t know if this woman is having her baby but she says the knowledge that she is giving a childless couple hope is an amazing feeling. And baby Faye has brought so much joy into their lives that she wants anyone who is desperate for a child to know that feeling.
This is the third time I have placed Jackie Barr’s story in a national publication. It is the first time for Jodie who was delighted with today’s ‘lovely feature’.
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Julia and Tony Rees’ heart-warming true story about how they never gave up hope they’d one day have their longed for baby, appears in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper today.
Fetal Consultant Bryan Beattie approached me to gain publicity and awareness of a new test he is pioneering that gives an early warning of early labour – and Tony and Julia’s baby daughter Ruby is the first baby to be born following introduction of the test last summer.
In fact, as I discovered when I spoke with them, the couple had an incredible story to tell. They went through eight miscarriages and had 11 attempts at IVF before finally having Ruby.
Heartbreakingly they had even lost boy and girl twins at 23 weeks of pregnancy last year and so this was their final go at becoming parents.
Because of their history, when Julia did get pregnant this last time, she was referred to Bryan at antenatal clinic Innermost Secrets for specialist ultrasound scans. And as she’d already lost these babies, he asked Julia if she would like to try out this new test.
The simple test identifies a protein in the body, which is produced when women are about to go into labour and gives an early warning sign. If it is positive, labour can be halted or steroids can be given to strengthen the baby’s lungs. Bryan believes if it were introduced to every pregnant woman at 22 weeks then it could save thousands of premature babies’ lives as well as saving the NHS millions on special care for tiny babies. Even a week or two – being born at 24 weeks rather than 23 weeks – can make a difference between life and death.
At 30 weeks the test on Julia did prove positive but she was put on total bed rest and drugs were given to mature her baby’s lungs. Thankfully, her pregnancy then continued until 37 weeks when she gave birth naturally.
And even now, they can hardly believe at last baby Ruby is here.
Tony and Julia were absolutely thrilled with their story in the Daily Mirror today – which for them spells the end of so many years of agony. At the same time, it has gained valuable publicity for this new test, which is available from Innermost Secrets.
Meanwhile, it’s been an extremely busy day in the Featureworld office sorting out all their deals. Tomorrow you can see the couple and baby Ruby live on ITV’s Daybreak. Then I have also gained them a further deal with another national newspaper and a women’s magazine!
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