PRINCETON —Every mother remembers hearing the sound of their baby crying, after giving birth.
They remember the first time they laid eyes on their baby, how it felt the first time they held them in their arms and their first smile.
For those women, the greatest felling is that they brought a new life into the world.
But there are some women, who need help having a child. And there are some women who help those women to be blessed with a baby to share those memories with.
One local mother decided to bless her friend by donating her eggs to start a family.
Kylee Wood of Princeton decided to help her classmate and friend who was having fertility issues. The husband and wife, who currently live in Boston, Massachusetts, have been trying to have children for three to four years.
“They had a hard time getting pregnant because of egg count,” Wood said.
The couple originally had someone who was going to donate their eggs, but things fell through with the donor.
Wood thought about helping her friend start her family, but she needed to research the In Vitro Fertilization procedure first. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IVF is a reproductive procedure where eggs are extracted, a sperm sample is collected, and then an egg and the sperm are combined in a laboratory to (hopefully) create a fetus.
From her research, she learned that the parents can choose to freeze the eggs for siblings with the same DNA, get rid of the remaining eggs or they could send them for stem cell research.
“It’s pretty interesting,” Wood said.
Wood told her friend via phone that she wanted to help fulfill her dream of a family. “She couldn’t believe it.”
Wood admits that she never thought about donating her eggs.
Wood said some people have questioned if she would be able to have any more kids with this procedure. “People don’t realize that this doesn’t affect the reproductive system.”
The whole IVF process took three months to complete.
Wood said she had to take birth control to help their menstrual cycles to be on the same schedule, which took almost two months.
She flew to Boston for a full physical and psychological testing.
With normal test results, menstrual cycles in sync, Wood had to take injections for two weeks and then one week she had to go to Boston Women’s Hospital to make sure that everything was OK.
“It was cool to do something on my own,” she said.
Wood was set to stay in Boston for five to seven days, but ended up staying 12 days because of how the injections worked for her body.
She said she went in at 8 a.m. for blood work and then the procedure took 10 minutes. She had to take a trigger shot 36 hours prior to the procedure, then they went in vaginally to retrieve the eggs.
Wood said the average is 11 eggs, but she produced 17 eggs.
“It all worked out really well,” she said.
In August, her friend found out she was pregnant, and is now 4-months pregnant.
Wood said it took a couple of weeks to insert the eggs. Her friend has to go to the doctor twice a week to make sure everything is how it should be.
Wood said the couple chose to freeze her eggs for a possible sibling.
“It’s going great,” she said.
Wood said she feels good that she could give the couple that gift.
“I’ve honestly thought about doing it again,” Wood said.
She admits that she’s glad that she’s back home with her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, and to give that same opportunity to her friend.