IVF: Australian woman sets new record for egg donation

1st June 2011

An Australian woman who claims she "does not have a maternal bone in her body" has helped to create 19 children through IVF, setting a new record for egg donation.

Faith Haugh, who lives in Melbourne, has been through more than 40 donor cycles to provide eggs for couples struggling to conceive naturally.

Several of the donations have been anonymous, and completed through adverts in the paper, while Faith and husband Glen, who donates sperm, have met some of the couples they have helped, the Daily Mail reported.

Faith, who has one daughter of her own, said: "For me, the most amazing thing is the parents. I see these people from the start when they think that they have little or no chance of having a child. They sit across from me, looking very tense and defeated and not holding out much hope."

Several years ago Australia, where it is illegal for donors to be paid, suffered a shortage of egg donors, and it was suggested that women could be paid for their services.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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