Donna and Donna the Donor ‘Eggsperts’
What’s in a name? At Midland Fertility Services (MFS), the two people responsible for donor eggs are Donna and Donna!
Donation co-ordinator Donna Rea-Gardner and fertility nurse specialist Donna Wassell handle the recruitment of egg donors and sharers, and manage the donor egg recipient waiting list at the Aldridge based clinic.
With the increase in payment to an egg donor of £750 from 1 April 2012, they are ready to welcome many more enquiries from egg donors over the coming months to provide the many potential recipients with the call they are waiting for: ‘we’ve matched you with a donor’!
Since 1992, 219 babies have been born after their mothers received treatment using donor eggs at MFS. In 2003 MFS carried out 73 treatment cycles with donor eggs – but by 2011 this had decreased to 17, despite a greater demand for donor eggs.
“The MFS egg donor programme offers one of life’s greatest gifts to women who cannot get pregnant using their own eggs,” said Donna Rea-Gardner. “We hope that while people are giving chocolate eggs over Easter that more women will contact me and Donna to find out how they can give another woman the most amazing eggs they could ever hope for.”
Email Donna and Donna for more information about becoming an egg donor or call them on 01922 455911.
Issued: 30 March 2012
MFS was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to offer a range of fertility treatments and procedures including IVF, ICSI, egg donation, egg and embryo freezing and sperm recovery. In May 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen eggs’ fertility treatment at MFS, followed by the first ‘frozen egg’ boy in December 2005. In April 2006 the clinic’s first twins were born following the mother’s treatment with Vi4gr4 as part of her fertility treatment at MFS. In early 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic celebrated its 21st anniversary in June 2008. The 4,500th baby was born in August 2009 and the clinic’s and the UK’s first two vitrified egg babies were born in December 2010 and January 2011. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.