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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

American Women Continue to Delay Childbirth

For the sixth straight year the number of births in the U.S. declined. Since 2007 the birthrate have dropped 10 percent.

The report doesn’t count childbearing in women 44 and older in the general fertility rate, but noted that there were 0.8 births for every 1,000 women between the ages of 45 – 49, reflecting a 14% increase when compared to 2012.  Most pregnancies in women over 40 are achieved using assisted reproductive technologies.

In 2014 the use of embryo adoption as an option for achieving pregnancy and growing a family increased by more than 50% in some programs.  The National Embryo Donation Center is expecting the birth of its 500th embryo adopted baby in early 2015!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Couple Weary of IVF Expense Turns to Embryo Adoption

For many couples struggling with infertility, in vitro fertilization may seem like the natural next-step in their journey to build a family. However, they may be devastated to learn that the cost of IVF treatments simply puts the medical procedure out of their financial grasp. IVF treatments can cost as much as $20,000, and may not even result in a viable embryo. A couple may then decide to look into traditional adoption, which can be even more expensive than IVF treatments. One couple’s search for an affordable and safe way to build their family led them to explore embryo adoption.

Vanessa and Joel Farmer went through an adoption agency who matched the couple with a family wanting to donate remaining embryos from their own IVF treatments. Altogether, the cost for the Farmers to adopt the embryos (which resulted in the birth of their son, Joseph) was about $8,000--a fraction of the cost it would have been to go through their own IVF treatments or for a traditional adoption. The fees included the couple’s home visit, medical costs, and adoption fee.

Vanessa Farmer said she is grateful that they learned about embryo adoption, because without it they wouldn’t have their son, Joseph. She hopes that by sharing her story, other couples looking for ways to build their families without draining their bank accounts will learn about the program and be inspired to explore the embryo adoption option. If you think embryo adoption might be a good fit for your family, learn more at www.embryoadoption.org.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Frozen for 5 ½ Years, Embryo Donation Results in New Family

The science behind embryo adoption is pretty remarkable. After in vitro fertilization, most families have embryos that they won’t be using to build their family. Those embryos go into frozen storage, where they can remain for years. Embryos that have been frozen for more than 15 years have been successfully thawed and transferred to a woman's body, giving these babies the opportunity to experience the life they were created to have. That’s exactly what happened for Ruby, a “snowflake baby” who spent the first 5 ½ years of her existence as a frozen embryo. When her biological family decided they were done building their family, they opted to donate the remaining embryos--including Ruby.

Ruby’s adoptive parents decided to explore embryo adoption as a way to create their family, and began the adoption process which included home visits, background checks, and fingerprinting. They were matched with Ruby’s biological parents, and the embryos were shipped to the waiting family and thawed after nearly six years of storage. Ruby survived the thawing process, was transferred to her adoptive mother’s womb, and born nine months later. She is one of the nearly 6,000 babies born through the process of embryo donation and adoption.

Being able to give birth to their adopted child created a powerful bond between Ruby and her parents. Couples can give these Snowflake babies the opportunity of life when they would otherwise remain in frozen storage for years, only to eventually be destroyed. Ruby’s biological family made the decision to donate their remaining embryos so they could have a chance of life, and her adoptive family made that happen. Embryo adoption is an incredible way to build your family and give life to a child who has already been created. For more information, visit www.embryoadoption.org.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Anthony and Adéye Salem Answer Questions About Their Embryo Adoption: Part 1

Anthony and Adéye Salem are getting closer to their Frozen Embryo Transfer, which will take place in mid-January.

The couple has started a new series of videos to answer common questions they’ve received about their embryo adoption over that past few months. In this first video, the couple answers questions about:
  • Age – Are they too old for embryo adoption?
  • Success Rate – Why did they choose embryos that have a 20-30% chance at life?
  • Family Size – How they manage life with nine children, and how will they do it with even more children?
  • Medication – What kinds of medication will Adéye have to take leading up to the FET?
Check out Adéye’s blog and the couple’s video for their answers. Make sure to leave questions in the comments for their upcoming videos!


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Babies Born From Frozen Embryos are More Confident Than Their Peers

A study out of China has concluded that that “children born from frozen embryos are more sociable, self-dependent, and have better communication skills” than their peers who are conceived naturally or who are born from fresh embryos during the in vitro fertilization process. The study followed 250 children and evaluated them using the Weshler Intelligence Scale for Children, and should be a comfort to parents concerned about adopting a frozen embryo.

While the scientists who worked on the study couldn’t identify why children born from frozen embryos ranked so highly on the Weshler Scale, they did have some theories. Many frozen embryos are adopted by parents who are older, either because they delayed having children due to education or careers or because they have struggled with infertility before deciding to adopt. These older parents often have more time to dote on their children. Of course, it could also be due in part because the embryos chosen for freezing are very healthy in order to survive the freezing and thawing process.

In any case, this is positive news for couples considering embryo adoption. Many couples have concerns about the health of an embryo after it has been thawed and prepared for transfer into the adoptive mother’s womb, but this study should help put some of those concerns to rest. The embryo adoption process has a terrific success rate when compared to many other conception alternatives, and this is further proof that is it a great IVF alternative for couples who want to become parents. If you’d like to learn more about embryo adoption, visit www.embryoadoption.org.


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