Mum’s ul­ti­mate gift of life

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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.

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