A Sydney woman who travelled to the United States to design her own baby is giving away her excess embryos to help childless people.
By Janine Cohen.
Natalie Lovett told Australian Story about her plans to create an extended family for her 18-month-old daughter Lexie, but there is a catch.
All the embryo recipients must sign a contract agreeing to an annual reunion with Lexie’s siblings and they must stay in touch via a private Facebook page.
After trying for seven years to conceive in Australia, Ms Lovett, single and now aged 48, went to the US where she bought donor eggs and sperm.
“It’s kind of a crazy thing, you date and you think about what you want in a partner and all of that — finding a donor is very similar,” Ms Lovett said.
“First thing is, do you physically have some sort of attraction to them?
“So I looked at height. I kind of chose colourings that were similar to myself.”
The Facebook executive also wanted donors with tertiary qualifications and excluded any with extended family who had addictions.
Lexie to meet any future embryo siblings.
In February, the San Diego clinic where Ms Lovett had the embryo transfer phoned to ask what she wanted to do with the spare embryos.
“I have one perfect daughter and then I’m told I have another 25 embryos that I can either destroy, donate to science or give away,” she said.
“I could never destroy them so I decided to give them to other childless families.”