Special delivery thanks to donated eggs
Sharyn Martinovich, 41, recipient of donated eggs
Sharyn Martinovich was heading to Sydney to find a sperm donor when she met her husband Bevan.
Then 36, she was tired of waiting for the right man.
The Pukekohe couple started trying for a baby in mid-2010. They took dietary and lifestyle advice from a naturopath for a year but failed to fall pregnant.
The couple were referred to Fertility Associates by their GP. Martinovich underwent one IVF round which ‘‘failed miserably’’.
‘‘From there we were told because the IVF cycle was so poor there was no way I was going to get pregnant without an egg donor.
‘‘I had the egg reserve of a pre-menopausal woman.’’
Researching donor programmes led them to South Africa.
They engaged with an agency and selected a donor, a university student in Cape Town. They travelled to South Africa in 2012 for the successful procedure.
Back in New Zealand blood tests confirmed she was pregnant with twins.
Martinovich gave birth to a healthy boy and girl at age 40.
‘‘It was quite a sobering moment after having such a shocking IVF round and wondering if I’d ever have a family.
‘‘It did really take time for me to feel comfortable I was pregnant and carrying two babies.’’
Martinovich recommends the fertility treatment which cost about $22,000 including a 31⁄ week trip to South Africa.
‘‘I know of some people who have been through egg donation and find it a very personal journey,’’ she says.
‘‘For me, I’m very happy about it. It doesn’t matter how you have them, as long as you love your babies and cherish them that’s the most important thing.’’