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Baby bliss Cork woman overjoyed to become pregnant via sperm donor after deciding to have baby alone

There are no sperm banks in Ireland, so she had to find a donor externally in Denmark in the Cryos International Sperm Bank.


Lisa O'Halloran

Lisa O'Halloran

Lisa O'Halloran

An overjoyed Cork woman has revealed that she is pregnant via sperm donor after deciding she would start her journey to motherhood without a partner.

Lisa O’Halloran (32) decided that she wanted to become a mother on her own and had been trying to get pregnant for over a year with no success

After three failed IUIs and a round of IVF that went bust, her dreams are now coming true on attempt number five as she has just revealed that she is expecting her first child.

The Cork native received a sperm donor from the Cryos International Sperm Bank in Denmark through Irish IVF clinic Sims in Clonskeagh.

Speaking today on The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM, Lisa expressed her delight on the airwaves.

She said: “I’m in shock, I think. I don’t know when it’s going to hit me.

“I’m very excited about the next couple of months and what’s to come.”

Lisa added that the IVF process is exhausting and expensive, costing her €12,000 in 2020. There are no sperm banks in Ireland, so she had to find a donor externally in Denmark in the Cryos International Sperm Bank.

She laughed that selecting a sperm donor was “like a kind of dating site.”

“You get all the basics like hair colour, eye colour, height, weight, blood type, a bit of medical history.

“You get a bit of a write up by the donor saying why they wanted to donate, and you get a small bit of the parents’ medical history,” the mum-to-be continued.

The next step was an egg retrieval, which was completed at the beginning of February.

“Five days after the egg retrieval they can put back in an embryo. Then it’s fingers crossed, and you wait your two weeks and hope for the best.”

“So, they did the first transfer and they put back in an embryo and then you wait your two weeks. I think I was about a week in and I was itching to test and I couldn’t wait any longer, so I did one of the first response tests and it was positive.”

Lisa told Neil that she was nervous to tell her friends and family until she returned to the clinic for a blood test, especially after the heartbreak of so many failed attempts at conceiving.

She also said that she will be “cautiously optimistic” until she passes the twelve-week mark.

“I’ve had a lot of people around me who have had miscarriages, so I am nervous,” she confessed.

However, the 32-year-old wants to “celebrate every bit” of her solo pregnancy journey and has said that her failed pregnancy attempts have only encouraged her to keep going.

“The knocks are hard but when you want something so badly, stopping isn’t an option.”

Lisa has documented her fertility journey on her Instagram, @my_solo_journey_to_mom, where she shares updates on treatments and procedures.

With over 11,000 followers, Lisa has an incredible online support system, but she is most thankful for her family’s encouragement.

“My mam and dad are very supportive and my sister as well. She has her own three kids. I have a great support network around me so there’s no fear in me.”

Lisa’s baby is due on 28th October 2021 and she is booked in for her first scan on 11th March.

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