Huffington Post Canada: Would You Donate Your Eggs to a Couple Who Couldn’t Conceive?

Our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, had a chance to respond to Randi D’s “I Donated My Eggs So I Could Travel the World” blog post as published on Huffington Post. In her article, she delves into the following:

  • Why egg donation?
  • Could you expect your experience with egg donation to be the same as Randi’s?
  • The difference between egg donations in Canada and the U.S. and which system is better

To read her blog in full, please click here or on the image below.


 (Photo Credit: Panayiotis Filippou via photopin cc)

Meet Us Mondays: Helen Ortojan, RN

Helen Ortojan

Helen Ortojan, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

Hi, my name is Helen. I’m one of the nurses here in Genesis. My family and I came to Canada in 2005 (from the Philippines). I’ve worked so hard to become an OB-GYN but gave it up hoping to give my family a better future. I was asked so many times if I have regrets, my answer is always “no”. For us, Canada is a refreshing start of our journey. We had our share of struggles settling in but we are so blessed that transition has been quite easy and support is flowing.

My Journey to Genesis Fertility Centre

In my first few years in Canada, I worked as a nurse in a nursing home. Although I enjoyed the job and gained friends, I knew deep inside me I was looking for something else. I started searching for a job related to Maternity or OB specialty, and that was when I found Genesis Fertility Centre.

Since working at Genesis in April of 2013, my true journey has begun. I know that this is it, and I feel that I’m in the right place. The training period was quite challenging but working with people who value team work is helpful. Dr. Kashyap is a good mentor and is appreciative of each person’s worth.

How I can relate with patients

I’m happy that I have the opportunity to work in one of the best fertility centers in the country and helping patients to achieve their dreams of become parents. Having three miscarriages myself, I can empathize with them.  By being an Egg Donor/Surrogacy Program Coordinator, I am able to understand the whole essence of this job and am able to do it more effectively.

Lastly, being in an environment of dedicated staff who share the same vision as you is refreshing. I can say at the end of the day, being at Genesis doesn’t just feel like a job, but a personal life accomplishment.

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