WNBA champs Bird, Stewart make freezing eggs less taboo

WNBA champs Bird, Stewart make freezing eggs less taboo
PALMETTO, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 06: Sue Bird #10 and Breanna Stewart #30 of the Seattle Storm converse during a timeout in the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals against the Las Vegas Aces at Feld Entertainment Center on October 06, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) (JULIO AGUILAR/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Sue Bird says she was one of many women intimidated by the process of freezing their eggs, nearly paralyzed by the stigma so long associated with the decision.

That changed in 2019 for the 40-year-old WNBA champion. Bird froze her eggs in December 2019.

Bird is among a half-dozen WNBA players who have frozen their eggs according to the players union.

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The procedure is now covered in the current CBA that was ratified in February. Dr. Nichole M. Barker of the Seattle Fertility clinic.

The doctor says Bird is "really helping to take down the stigma of 'if I do this I don’t want anyone to know about it.‴