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Friday, September 19, 2014

Learn More About the Painless Transfer Procedure Involved with Embryo Adoption

One of the most important medical steps in the embryo adoption process is the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). This step happens when the adopted embryos are placed into the adoptive mother’s uterus. Understandably, couples often have a lot of questions about what the FET process is like, whether or not it hurts, and what they need to do to prepare. There is a great deal of information about embryo adoption on our website, but we know that hearing about another’s couples experience with frozen embryo transfers can be especially helpful to anyone who is considering a similar adoption process.

Meet Cathy and Scott LaSorsa, a couple who adopted embryos through the National Embryo Donation Center, and hear what they have to say about the transfer process:

 

Just like Cathy’s doctor, your doctor will ensure that your body is in the ideal state to receive the embryos, either during a natural or medicated cycle. Cathy describes the transfer procedure “very relaxing,” and that’s a great way to start a journey towards motherhood! The procedure itself is painless and over in just a few minutes. Your doctor will ask you to stay in the clinic for a few hours for observation, and you’ll be able to go home the same day. Most women experience the same uneventful transfer procedure that Cathy enjoyed. Be sure to read through the FAQ section of our website to learn more about the medical procedures involved with adopting an embryo.

If you are ready to start the embryo adoption process, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

How Long do You Have to Decide About Embryo Donation?

Embryo donation isn’t a decision that can be taken lightly, and for the genetic parents it is a deeply personal decision. Couples will need to discuss whether they are comfortable donating their remaining embryos, taking into account factors such as whether or not they are done building their family and their own personal beliefs. Some parents want to hold on to their embryos for several years, keeping them in storage, in case they decide that their family isn’t complete yet. Your embryos can be held in storage indefinitely, although you will have to pay the monthly storage fees.

When you do decide that your family is complete, however, embryo donation is an option that is available to you. If you decide to donate your embryos, most agencies will accept them no matter how long they’ve been in storage. You can also donate no matter how old you are or what stage of development the embryo is in. Freezing the tissue preserve the viability of the embryo, and healthy pregnancies have come from embryos that were in storage for more than ten years. That means you can keep your embryos in storage until you are absolutely sure about your family planning, then donate the remaining embryos to couples struggling with infertility and eager to give your embryo a chance to become the life it was created to be.

Donating embryos is an amazing gift that you can give to another family. If you would like to learn more about donating your embryos, visit EmbyoAdoption.org.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Embryo Adoption: The Right Choice for Three Families

Couples who have experienced their own baby blues and have chosen to build their families through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be able to bring joy to another couple’s infertility woes. Through the gift of embryo donation and adoption, couples who have completed their family building and have embryos remaining can donate those embryos to another couple facing infertility in hopes of helping them build the family they have always dreamed of. Embryo adoption offers the exciting possibility of being able to carry their adopted children and offers those children the ability to know where they came from through open adoption.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Embryo Adoption May Give Families with Genetic Abnormalities a Healthy Pregnancy Option

The American Society of Reproductive medicine recently announced a webinar for physicians to discuss how to screening couples seeking reproductive care who may have genetic disorders. A harsh reality for some couples who want to experience pregnancy and childbirth are the impacts of known genetic disorders in their current and past family histories.

Some doctors will recommend the use of donated human eggs or sperm to create embryos for the couple’s use. However, this can be an expensive proposition.

Another option available is the use of already created human embryos. Families throughout the United States have remaining ‘extra’ embryos in frozen storage, embryos they would like to donate to another couple. These donor couples have completed their family building using assisted reproductive technologies. They are currently parenting the children born to them as a result of their treatments. They want to give the remaining embryos the opportunity to live the life for which they were created.

Perhaps you are the couple they are looking for!

Learn more about embryo adoption by visiting EmbryoAdoption.org.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Donor Conceived [Sperm/Egg/Embryo] Children Deserve to have Access to Genetic Histories

As families discover the unique adoption choice of embryo adoption, many are surprised to learn that embryo adoption agencies advocate the use of an open adoption model. At first couples may be concerned that openness = sharing parental responsibilities. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The dangers of closed adoptions or anonymous donations were recently in the spotlight after adoptees in Australia learned that their records had been tampered with by the medical staff at a fertility clinic, effectively putting a roadblock on their search for their biological fathers who made sperm donations at the clinic in the 1980’s. The result is that these now-adult-children won’t be able to learn more about their genetic histories, including medical information that could be vital to them both now and later in life, as well as missing out on cultural heritage and information on other siblings who might be living.

In the United States frozen human embryos are considered property, not people, and therefore the legal process used for embryo donation [and adoption] is contract law, an exchange of property. The first embryo adoption program in the world established by Nightlight Christian Adoptions determined that people with remaining embryos should be able to choose the family receiving their embryo donation.

The resulting child[ren], donor and adopting families all benefit from the legally regulated best practices of adoption. This means an open adoption model is encouraged and agencies keep permanent records of all embryo adoption matches. As demonstrated by the situation in Australia, the approach helps all parties involved be informed about medical history and genetic background. Moreover, it gives adoptees a sense of connection to their heritage and background, and gives them a chance to connect with biological siblings. Children of closed or anonymous donations may spend years wondering about their own heritage, and if they have other biological family members. Open adoption also advocates for telling children about their unique family origins – no secrets!

Embryo adoption programs allow the genetic and adoptive families to mutually agree upon the level of openness between the families. Families may have the agency act as an intermediary between them, passing along news and photos. Other families email each other, or have closed groups on Facebook to keep each other updated. Families may even become friends and vacation together! Any of these options are preferable to meeting the kind of roadblock donor conceived children are facing throughout the world. Anonymous donations are done for the convenience of the adults. An open model meets the needs of the child, now and in the future.

One of the women involved in the case in Australia, Dr. Laura Burns, only found her father after a four year search that led her to the treating doctor, who used his own records to discover the man’s identity. Burns says that “knowing who you are should not depend on the good will of a doctor,” and she advocates for legislation that will allow children to learn the names of their donors. While her situation ended with the discovery of her father and information on her heritage, millions of other adoptees won’t be so lucky. Hopefully Dr. Burns’ story will inspire other adoption agencies, both for embryo adoption and traditional adoption, to start following an open model for the ultimate benefit of the children, donor, and adoptive parents.

To learn more about embryo adoption, please visit EmbryoAdoption.org.

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