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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What is the Law Regarding Embryo Donation and Adoption?

Embryo adoption has been around since the mid-1990’s and over 900 children have been born from the process. Just because the technology has been available for a few decades, though, doesn’t mean the law has caught up to the available technology. Embryo adoption, while legal, has no state or federal laws governing it.

There is still plenty of discussion around the topic of whether or not embryos are legally humans or classified as the property of the donating family. Because of that, each clinic or agency will have a slightly different legal process based on their state’s regulations and the system they’ve set up to complete the adoption. Essentially though, once families have been matched, the donating family will sign paperwork that relinquishes their rights to the embryos and release them to the adopting parents. Once the adoptive parents receive the embryos, those embryos legally belong to them.

The laws may be unsettled, but that shouldn’t scare you from completing an embryo transfer. It should, however, make you more determined to work with an agency or clinic that understands the legal world of embryo adoption or donation.  They can help you navigate these legal waters.  The laws surrounding an embryo donation and adoption aren’t something you’ll want to deal with on your own. Work with an experienced lawyer, clinic, or adoption agency who can help ensure that everyone’s legal rights have been taken into account. If you have questions about the laws surrounding embryo adoption or would like to find a professional who can help, visit

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Connection Between Acupuncture and Successful Embryo Transfer

Many couples who use embryo adoption to build their family want to do everything they can to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy and decrease the chances of miscarriage. Methods of increasing success range from getting enough rest, eating healthy, and more and more often, receiving acupuncture treatments. But does acupuncture really help increase the body’s chances of a successful frozen embryo transfer (FET) resulting in a healthy pregnancy?

When it comes to acupuncture, studies are divided. When researchers reviewed 16 studies of more than 4,000 women who had received acupuncture before in vitro fertilization, they found that some seemed to benefit while others showed no signs of benefit from the treatment. One thing all the studies agreed on, though, is that it doesn’t hurt. Acupuncture is usually an affordable treatment option and when compared to a bevy of expensive but dubious options available, women would be wise to explore acupuncture as a way to increase their rate of FET success. Acupuncture can help lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and at the very least, give women a chance to relax and pamper themselves during a high-stress, emotionally-intense period of their lives. At best, acupuncture could help prepare a woman’s body to receive her adopted embryo and help it begin a successful pregnancy journey resulting in the birth of her adopted child.

If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and embryo adoption, join us for a free webinar on July 8th. Dr. Rita F. Stanford will be hosting this half-hour webinar discussing acupuncture and other holistic methods to help increase fertility and success rates for frozen embryo transfers. Sign up for the free webinar on our website!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Benefits of Using an Adoption Agency for Your Embryo Donation

When some couples look into embryo adoption as an option to grow their family, they’ll question the portion of the costs associated with embryo adoption that goes to the adoption agency. They may wonder if an agency is necessary, or if they could save some money and skip this step. They may have heard of families finding each other on Facebook, and think that an adoption agency is an unnecessary middleman they can cut out. When it comes to embryo adoption, working with a qualified adoption agency isn’t just beneficial – it can help protect your family in the future. Check out some of the big benefits you’ll experience when working with an adoption agency:

  • Families are vetted for their ability to raise and care for a child. For donating families, they’ll have the comfort of knowing that the family adopting their embryos is ready for a baby. The required home studies help adopting couples prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for adoption, as well.
  • Both families are legally protected. The laws surrounding embryo adoption are complicated, with the embryos being legally classified as personal property. An embryo adoption agency will understand what needs to take place in order for all parties to be protected legally during and after the adoption takes place.
  • An agency understands the emotional support families need. Embryo adoption is an exciting, emotional journey for all parties involved. An agency will have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide the right level of emotional support to both the adoptive and donating family. 

Work with an adoption agency and you’ll have a happier, healthier embryo adoption experience. Want to learn more about the role an adoption agency can play in your embryo donation or adoption? Visit

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why More and More People are Seeking Family Building Alternatives

Each year, the number of people using alternative family building methods rises. In 2013, nearly 175,000 in vitro fertilization cycles were completed – a 6% increase over 2013 and an amazing 65% increase since 2003. Methods like embryo adoption are on the rise, too, and while there are no exact national statistics on the number of embryo adoptions done each year, the flood of media attention is proof enough that more people are turning to this alternative method of building their family.

So what’s leading to the surge of alternative family building efforts such as embryo adoption and IVF?

  • More couples are waiting to start their families. The average age of mothers continues to increase, with many women waiting until their 30’s to start their family – right when their own fertility begins to decline. Putting off starting a family to build a career might be a good choice for the individual, but it could mean needing to use embryo adoption of IVF to start that family later.
  • Increase in insurance coverage for infertility treatments. Insurance coverage for infertility is still hit-and-miss, despite infertility being classified as a disease. Policies vary from company to company and state to state, but more employers are offering infertility coverage to their employees. Because of this, more couples are willing to look into alternatives since it won’t be coming entirely out of their pocket.
  • Fertility treatments are becoming safer and cheaper. As fertility treatments improve, couples know their chances of success are greater than ever before. Perfecting the science is also making treatment options less expensive, so for couples who aren’t lucky enough to be on an insurance plan that helps cover their expenses, they may still be able to afford the out-of-pocket costs. 

Of the treatments available, embryo adoption continues to be the most affordable, and in some cases, the safest. If you are searching for an alternative family building method that’s right for you, learn more at

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Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Cope With Stress During the Waiting Times of an Embryo Adoption

The embryo adoption process is one that’s filled with hope and happiness, but because emotions and expectations are so high, the process isn’t without its stressful moments. A lot of stress will occur in the waiting times; waiting to hear that you’ve been matched with a donating couple, waiting to hear how your embryos have thawed, and waiting to hear whether or not the frozen embryo transfer resulted in pregnancy. Here are some tactics you can try to make those embryo adoption waiting times less stressful:

  • Stay busy. Don’t allow the embryo adoption process to take over your life. Keep up with your hobbies, community involvement, and connections with friends. It will make the waiting seem to go by much faster if you aren’t sitting at home thinking about it.
  • Practice positive self-talk. Don’t let thoughts like “If I haven’t heard by now it must be bad news” or “This is never going to happen” pop into your mind. If they do, correct yourself with a positive statement, then move on. Give yourself a pep talk and then distract your mind.
  • Pamper yourself. If you can, get a massage or even go for an acupuncture treatment. These treatments not only reduce stress, they can even help prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. That’s two great benefits in one!

Feeling overwhelmed with worry? Don’t hesitate to reach out to a support community or a professional. There is no shame in admitting that you need help dealing with the stress – you are waiting to hear about your future family! Get other suggestions for stress relief or find support communities at

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