Are you eligible to donate?

It was something that had always been in the back of my mind. And once I had kids, I just felt like here was something I could do to help." Kylie

"I was acting from altruistic intentions. I had some awareness of infertility because I had a close friend who was in that circumstance. I wanted to help people who wished to have children but could not do so." Ian

Donors come from all walks of life and contrary to popular belief, they are not all university students. They are generous people who give the gift of life to those affected by medical or social infertility (the term ‘social infertility’ is often applied to single people or same sex couples who are medically fertile but whose personal situation or relationship status does not allow them to have a baby without external intervention).

Donors need to consider the emotional, legal, and physical implications of their donation on all parties, including their own families prior to donating. Before proceeding, you will be asked about your family and medical history, you and the recipients of your donation will receive counselling about the legal, practical, social, and emotional implications of donation.

Some of the things to consider include:

  • how you might feel towards the person/people you will help to create
  • the genetic connection to your own children and other members of your extended family
  • that the people to whom you donate may have different values, backgrounds, beliefs, and parenting styles from your own
  • if you donate to someone you know, you should consider and discuss with the recipients whether you will have contact with the child and if so, how often, and what your role with the child will be.

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It is important to think through whether you feel comfortable about donating as this will have lifelong significance for you and your family – as well as for the person born from your donation.