Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir is an insider’s account of the hidden world of egg donation written by a clinical psychologist who battled infertility. Using the pen name Victoria Hopewell, the author shares personal experiences that are often heartbreaking and sometimes funny, capturing an informative and thoughtful journey through the process of IVF and egg donation. Victoria’s IVF and donor egg experience also becomes part of the riveting fabric of a newly blended family, which includes the author, her two daughters from a previous marriage and her husband, a once confirmed bachelor.
The unregulated market of donor eggs is a modern day wild carpet ride through the bazaar, with some women’s ova worth more than others, the internet offering a shop ‘til you drop egg market. Extraordinary and exceptional eggs fetch a higher price than ordinary or conventional, a magazine-ready model with high SATs and a successful prior donation yielding the highest price. Grade A Baby Eggs spotlights questionable practices in the donor egg marketplace and raises public awareness about the seamier side of egg donation. Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir also tackles ethical and legal issues regarding stem cell research poised to help older women make brand new eggs.
Engaging and timely, Victoria Hopewell’s instincts for information and humor make Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir a must-read for anyone dealing with this emotionally charged topic. Her very human story is chronicled in a singular memoir that speaks to 7.3 million couples in the U.S. whose eggs and sperm aren’t quite up to the task. Grade A Baby Eggs is a firsthand account that probes the always cutting edge media topic of IVF and the egg donor industry while never losing sight of the poignant and personal side of trying to get pregnant.