019: Tammy: Double Donors Abroad and Not Being Scared to Pivot

Tammy is a single-mother-by-choice who used both an egg and a sperm donor to conceive her son. She went to Panama for donor egg IVF with sperm she had shipped from California Cryobank. We discuss the decision to leave the U.S. to have her fertility treatments and IVF (In vitro fertilization) process. She became pregnant on her second try and came back to the U.S. to deliver her child.

The pregnancy was difficult for Tammy, she had gestational diabetes, hypertension, and preeclampsia. As a result, her son was six weeks early. The premature birth completely wrecked her home return plans. Tammy does express gratitude to the NICU for preparing her role as a mother. She also celebrates postpartum doulas and why she found hers indispensable.

Now I look back and I think about it, I always had this fantasy of marriage and a partnership, but I always really knew that I wanted the kid. Like the partner never had a clear definition, but the kid was. I needed that kid.- Tammy Click To Tweet

Tammy is very open about how motherhood has changed her, including her decision to leave the U.S. and make some lifestyle changes for herself and her son. That opens the door to the conversations about the benefits of being a solo mother and how this path has a lot fewer complications than coupled parents. We both agree that the single-mother-by-choice-path needs to be more accepted as a plan A, not just a plan B. Don’t get hung up on the definition of family, the concept is changing and that’s a wonderful thing!

You just don't care, you wanted to be a mom, it's kinda like I adopted the baby I got to carry. Or I got to carry the baby I adopted.- Tammy Click To Tweet

Some highlights of today’s conversation:

  • Tammy’s expectations of love, marriage, and family.
  • Why she waited till 47 to pursue motherhood.
  • Why Tammy went to Panama to pursue egg donor IVF and why it was a good experience.
  • How she managed to find a doctor in the US to liaise with the doctors in Panama.
  • The challenge of seeking fertility options overseas and working with the U.S. as well.
  • Tammy’s difficult pregnancy and premature birth.
  • How premature birth ruined any support system plans.
  • Why it can be hard to ask for help.
  • The benefits of hiring a postpartum doula.
  • Tammy’s health issues and why she has made some major life changes.
  • Why single-motherhood is great!
  • The importance of separating marriage and romance from parenthood.
  • Why dating isn’t a priority for Tammy.
  • How to create your own support system.
  • The cohabitation trend within the single-mother-by-choice community.
  • How the new generation is redefining the meaning of family.
What I found to be a challenge was you don't necessarily know what you need. For me it's kinda been a bandwidth issue, to actually define what you need to clearly articulate that to people, I found that to be a challenge.-Tammy Click To Tweet

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