Mum’s ultimate gift of life
Emma Reynolds, 29, egg donor
Giving her healthy eggs to a woman struggling with infertility was a no-brainer for Emma Reynolds.
With two children of her own, the generous Te Atatu South resident was happy to help another couple’s dream of becoming parents come true.
Reynolds, who has two sons aged 3 years and 18 months, says being an egg donor was something she had thought about for some time.
The idea grew stronger when she got pregnant and she started reading parenting magazines.
‘‘You always see the blurb at the back with heart-wrenching stories,’’ she says.
‘‘Until I had Austin I had no idea how many people had issues with infertility.’’
Another reason Reynolds donated her eggs is because she wanted to do something to help others but wasn’t in a financial position to give money to charity, because her husband is a full-time student.
‘‘I grew up with parents who used to give to charity and volunteer their time.’’
Reynolds contacted Fertility Associates two months after her second child was born in 2013. The whole process took about two weeks. She expected to remain anonymous but was encouraged to meet her recipient.
‘‘I felt a real sense of peace after meeting them . . . I was pretty certain that I wanted to donate, I’d thought about it a lot.
‘‘I don’t think it’s quite as daunting as it can seem. It has been a little bit emotional at times but that’s life anyway.’’
Helping others: Emma Reynolds and her son Austin. She gave the ultimate gift to another family by becoming an egg donor.