Meet V!

“[Egg Donation] is truly a beautiful thing to be a part of. “

Q. What led you to become an Egg Donor?

I first became interested in becoming an egg donor after a close friend of mine had completed a donation for a member of their family. She described the process as a wonderful and rewarding experience, and she felt honored to be a part of it. Several years ago, my Aunt and Uncle were trying with great difficulty to have a child. After struggling to conceive, they sought the advice of a few doctors and were devastated to learn that it was not going to be possible for them. They went through three frustrating years of paperwork and hopeful anticipation before they were able to adopt their son, Dylan. It made me think, that if IVF had been a possibility for them, the process would have been so much less stressful and painful on their family. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to join FSC and become an egg donor to help parents and families everywhere.

Q. Who was your largest support person(s) throughout your journey?

My Family and Friends

Q. Did you have any hesitations about it? How did you overcome those hesitations?

To be completely honest, the only hesitation that I felt before becoming a donor was about the medication injections. I had a small fear of needles, and was nervous to learn how to give myself the daily injections. Luckily, as it turned out, it’s a fairly simple process and the needles are so tiny that you hardly feel them.

Q. Who was your largest support person(s) throughout your journey?

My husband was my largest support person throughout each donation. He full heartedly believes in the donation process, and was with me every step of the way to hold my hand and be there for me. Having his love and support made the journey even more rewarding.

Q. What made you decide to be closed/semi-open/open with your intended parents?

When it came to deciding on an open or closed donation, I felt that it was a choice the intended parent(s) should be able to make. In my opinion, the IPs were carrying the majority of the emotional weight when it came to that decision. I was comfortable with the aspects of both an open and closed donation, and wanted the family to be able to choose what would be best for them. As a result, I’ve completed open, semi-open and closed donations. Each one was a special and unique experience.

Q. Do you have any advice for women who are interested in becoming an Egg Donor?

For the women who are considering becoming an egg donor, you’re doing an incredible thing by helping to start a family and I have two pieces of advice to offer:

  1. Make sure to bring comfy leggings and “flowy” tops. You’ll get a little bloated towards the end of the cycle and they help keep you comfortable.
  2. Allow yourself to keep an open mind throughout the whole process. There is no one set image of what a family should look like. Families come in many different shapes and sizes.

Each donation I’ve been a part of has been its own unique process, but the one thing for sure that they ALL have in common is the love they’re going to give to that child. It’s truly a beautiful thing to help create and be a part of.

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Staci Swiderski, CEO and owner of Family Source Consultants has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine since 2002. Staci has vigorously grown the comprehensive egg donation and gestational surrogacy agency to become a worldwide leader in the third-party reproduction field. Staci is a former intended parent herself. She and her husband welcomed their son via gestational surrogacy in 2005. Additionally, Staci had the experience of assisting an infertile couple (AKA Recipient Parents) build their family through her efforts as an egg donor, with her donation resulting in the births of their son and daughter.