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WNBA champs Bird, Stewart make freezing eggs less taboo

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.
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FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storms players Sue Bird, left, and Breanna Stewart smile as pose a photo session during the WNBA basketball team's media day in Seattle. The Storm teammates are among a half-dozen WNBA players who have frozen their eggs according to the players union. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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. 

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

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.‴