The Baby Farmers
A book about money, eggs, and the
profitable world of commercial baby-making.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon an ad on Craigslist offering up to $10,000 in exchange for human eggs.
So I responded.
Auditioning to become an egg donor was a song and dance. One egg broker filmed a video -- it's like a dating video, but for people who are shopping online for
the right egg.
I later learned this agency had an elite program -- mostly comprised of models -- who were paid more than triple the $10,000 rate for the rest of us.
It was so casually stated, too, just business as usual. To be honest, I felt like the economy option. Like the Toyota Corolla of genetic material.
So I made some art about it.
Complete with blinking ovaries.
I served cocktails made with breast milk that I bought online.
(They were surprisingly popular.)
And Dave Eggers endorsed my eggs!
This book is an honest and candid conversation about the taboo subject of eggs for cash, and what really happens behind the scenes.
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“Just like all things in capitalism, if someone is willing to buy, someone else is willing to sell.”
“I’m never going to have a pregnancy scare. I’m never going to have kids the fun way. If I ever miss a period, it won’t be a case of ‘oops, we should have been more careful.’ As a lesbian, the only likely way I’ll ever get pregnant will be through science. I wanted to support that science, so I entered the world of reproductive medicine and became an egg donor."
“You don’t want to feel like a difficult donor. When I stuck to my guns about my compensation, my agency said ‘We’re not in the business of trying to just take money from parents.’ It was a subtle accusation, but I couldn’t shake the idea that that’s exactly the business they were in. My agency would be making a lot of money off my body from a couple who could afford to pay the fee.”
“There are clinics I’ve encountered that are seeking to basically purchase ‘designer eggs.’ I remember it being drilled into my head that this particular egg agency wanted gorgeous, brilliant, Grade A women.”
“We all deserve love. We all deserve to be treated with respect. By allowing a system that places clear dollar amounts on the five-foot-ten Ivy league girl, we are totally rejecting people who are considered less desirable.”