In this first ever episode of Bun in the Oven I’m talking to Senior Consultant in Reproductive Medicine Dr Meenakshi Choudhary and the wonderfully honest Sophie Johnston about egg donation, and the logistics both practically and emotionally.
I’ll be honest I couldn’t believe my luck when Meenakshi agreed to take part in the podcast as she is an incredible incredible, important, woman.
In this episode we’ll be talking all about egg donation and how it works, how eggs are in short supply in the UK, and the logistics of using a donor egg. Donating your eggs, to help others become pregnant, is one of the most selfless things a woman can do and it blows my mind at the science that goes on behind the scenes here. You may need some tissues for this episode.
Dr Meenakshi Choudhary
Dr Choudhary is a leading Clinician in Reproductive Medicine at the internationally renowned Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life and oversees the world first mitochondrial donor program. She is passionate about empowering women who volunteer to be donors and give a ‘gift of life’ to several women who suffer from infertility or deadly inheritable diseases. She is a Trustee on the board of national UK Charity, Sperm, Egg, Embryo Donation (SEED) Trust. To read her full bio head to our show notes as she is an incredibly inspiring woman.
► Follow Dr Choudhary on Twitter HERE
Sophie Johnston first reached out to me when I announced I was recording this podcast, and offered to share her incredible story of infertility, followed by egg donation. I will admit I cried many times during this episode and I can’t thank her enough for sharing her journey. Sophie works as a dietitian for the NHS with people with neurological conditions and those who have suffered major traumas, and I can confirm since recording this podcast she has given birth to a beautiful baby girl Flo and says that all her dreams have come true.
► Check out Seed Trust Website – click HERE
► Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority: find out about sperm and egg donation HERE
► The Daisy network – a charity for those with premature ovarian insufficiency – click HERE
► Paths to Parent Hub – a private space to find support, information, friendship, and a sense of community all about parenting via donor conception – click HERE
► Follow Becky, the founder of Defining Mum HERE
► Finally, a lovely lady called Amanda Dawn has created YouTube videos on her donor egg/IVF journeys (she is now a mum of two!), her ovaries also failed at a very young age. You can follow her on Youtube HERE
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