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Weak Economy Gives Birth to More Egg Donors

Twenty-three year old Stephanie already works two jobs and shares her Chicago apartment with a roommate, but she wants to go back to college to pursue a biology degree. When she learned that donating her eggs to a local fertility clinic would earn her at least $7,000, Stephanie decided to become a donor. She knows her weekly $800 income won't cover tuition and living expenses and sees the extra money as a much-needed cushion in a weak economy.

Robin von Halle, president of Alternative Reproductive Resources, isn't surprised that more women have been signing up to be donors. She said, "In my 16 years in this field, I've noticed a trend that when the economy or unemployment rate starts slipping, we start receiving way more calls. Lately, we've been very busy — much more than usual."

Becoming a donor is no small decision; it involves a medical and psychiatric evaluation and the equivalent of outpatient surgery. Do you know anyone who has thought about donating her eggs for the money?


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