Spe­cial de­liv­ery thanks to do­nated eggs

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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.’’

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