MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — New mom Alice Dixson shared how she decided to have her eggs frozen when she was 42 years old, having contemplated about it for one entire year.
“I was 41 when I was thinking about it. When I was in Canada, I saw a video about how egg freezing was becoming more common,” she said in a mix of Filipino and English.
“When I came to the Philippines, you know I had a divorce and I decided that I still wanna have a baby. Pero paano ko gagawin ‘yun wala na akong asawa?” She added.
So the “Legal Wives” actress “decided that another right person will come along someday and when that right person came, if I had my eggs frozen pwede naman kaming makabuo ng pamilya.”
At 42, Alice went to a doctor here in the Philippines and had her eggs frozen, and a decade later — just last April, in fact — Alice’s mommy dreams finally came true. She welcomed Baby A into her life through surrogacy.
Alice said having Baby A was “a long journey and ang dami-daming moving pieces na kailangan bago mabuo.”
“Nung first time ko makita si Baby A — wala kasi siya eh, andito pa ako sa Pilipinas. Biglang nag-rush, nagmadali ako kumuha ng airplane ticket,” she said.
“Nakita ko muna siya on video, and of course iba ‘yung makikita mo siya in person, mahawakan mo. And ‘yung time na nakapasok ako sa hospital siyempre, I couldn’t believe na para akong my dreams that finally came true,” she added.
Alice said she took care of Baby A without any help for three months but now that she has to go back to work, she gets help in the morning when taking care of her child.
In a 2019 interview, Alice revealed that she and her long-time partner had tried to conceive, but they were unsuccessful, so they decided to go through the process of surrogacy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.”
“Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in vitro fertilization),” it added. (MNS)