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A friend of mine recently hit me up for information about becoming an egg donor because knowing me, she figured I’d researched it in the past. I guess considering my six paid bone marrow donations (for research, I wouldn’t charge someone who needed it to live) in college, she’s not wrong for guessing that. Alas, I did do my research into selling my precious eggs like, the day my weight fell into the acceptable range for doing so. However, I didn’t feel entirely confident that I would pass the rigorous screening process and chose not to waste my time.

Considering that families looking for egg donors are screening to find the person who will be the biological parent of their child AND spending thousands of dollars to do so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can’t just walk into a clinic, say “I’m fertile!” and get a 6k check for your time. There’s also a smaller pool of Black families in need of this service than there are White ones, so the competition to sell a brown egg is pretty thick. If you are interested, you have to be in impeccable health, educated, drug-free, etc. While many egg donors are motivated by the compensation, there are also “altruistic donors”-those who simply believe that giving a woman the opportunity to have a baby is the greatest gift they can offer and are simply happy to do it. I’d be happy to make someone else happy, but with the intrusion on my body and the amount of doctor’s visits required would definitely force my hand to reach for that check.

That said, let’s just say you were an acceptable candidtate for the process…could you do it? How would you feel about having a child that shares your DNA walking the earth without you? Personally, I think the world should absolutely be populated with mini-Jamilahs, but not everyone is as keen on themselves as I am.

Would you consider egg donation? Why or why not?

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  • aba

    i’m sorry, but no. I did my research into this and it required a lot of shots, and all this doctor time. I’m not with that. The world is already over populated. Adopt-a-kid…

  • Bunny

    I would be interested in doing this, but I dunno…it seems to that most clinics barely even want the eggs of women of color at all. Is it just me? I was told that “most potential parents are looking for the absolute best traits they can find for their future children”…but most of the requirements included blonde hair and blue eyes.

  • Dianta

    I would do it! This would be the best gift I could probably give to a woman who cant have her own child. There is a thick line between giving birth and being a mother…. Any woman can have a baby that carries her DNA but that woman only becomes a mother when she takes the next step by to care for her child. Furthermore, if you are a young, educated woman who does not want to have children ( and in 2011 I know many)…donate an egg to someone who does want a child. Why waste it?

    • African Mami

      I just cannot fathom the thought of little African Mami’s running around wild and crazy….and I ain’t their momma…..I mean