Jemma finds joy in giving the gift of hope
BURIED in the pages of a parenting magazine, a small cluster of classified advertisements caught Jemma Bacon's eye.
Wanted: Egg donor.
"I'd never even heard of egg donation and I thought 'what is this?'" the Yeppoon woman said.
"That night I started doing some research.
"I wanted to know everything ... then I stumbled across a forum called Egg Donation Australia."
The closed community forum offers support, education and friendship to intended parents and those wishing to donate.
After signing up as a member, Jemma said she scrolled through pages and pages of threads.
A mother herself, Jemma said she immediately felt a pang of guilt.
"I fell pregnant at the drop of a hat, and here were all these people who are so deserving who have been told they can't have children. It really pulled at the heart strings," she said.
Within a week, Jemma said she had offered to her first recipients.
Jemma said EDA was an amazing community that connected women from across Australia in a safe, moderated environment.
While she chose to get to know her recipients, she said donors had the option to remain anonymous.
But either way, she said it was a big decision to make.
"You can't go into this half-heartedly or unsure," she said.
"It can be very invasive and it's something you really need to think about."
While her first two attempts were unsuccessful, she said her latest recipients were expecting a baby boy early next year.
"It is just so rewarding," she said.
"You're giving the gift of hope to somebody who without you doesn't have any."
Jemma said she planned to attend the baby shower next month.
Asked whether she felt any connection to the baby, Jemma said it was like her best friend was expecting.
"I'm invested, but I just want the world for her (the recipient)," she said.
"I didn't give away a baby, I gave away some cells."
Jemma said they desperately needed more donors and encouraged anyone interested to visit the EDA page.
She said she also wanted hopeful parents to know there were other options available.
"It might not be game over," she said.
Find out more at www.eggdonationaustralia.com.au