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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fresh or Frozen Embryos – What Are My Chances for Success?

Couples who are concerned that a frozen embryo adoption won’t offer the same rates of success as a fresh embryo from an IVF cycle are getting good news from a new study by doctors in Australia and New Zealand. A recent study found that frozen embryo transfers have roughly the same rates of success as a fresh embryo transfer. The study followed 71,516 IVF cycles and found that babies were born 23.7% of the time using fresh embryos and 23.6% of the time when frozen embryos were used for the transfer. For couples considering adopting a frozen embryo as a family building method, this is terrific news.

The success of using frozen embryos to achieve pregnancy is largely attributed to advances in the medical field including better rapid freezing techniques and more comprehensive genetic screening. Those techniques should continue to improve over time, leading to more successful in vitro fertilization treatments and a higher rate of success for frozen embryo adoption – a family building method that already enjoys a high rate of success resulting in a happy, healthy babies.

While no family building alternative is perfect, couples can take hope in the fact that these methods are being refined and the odds for success keep going up. Frozen embryo adoption does not guarantee you a child, but for thousands of families searching for a fertility solution, it could be the answer they need. You can learn more about frozen embryo adoption and the success rates by visiting

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

What One Iowa Mom Decided to Do with Her Remaining Frozen Embryos

For one mother in Iowa, the decision about what to do with her frozen embryos came down to deciding what choice she could live with for the rest of her life. After going through IVF treatments and having her two children, Lydia Fine and her husband felt that their family was complete. Like many other families who have been through the IVF experience, they then needed to face the decision about what to do with their remaining frozen embryos.

“We had talked before we ever did IVF about what we might do, and we had talked about donating for research, but after having these amazing little beautiful creatures in our lives we realized that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give such an amazing gift to a family who could not have children on their own,” said Fine in an interview with Iowa Public Radio in August of this year. “It feels right, and I think a lot of moms especially will recognize that children are an amazing gift; and if they can give them to someone else, that they should.”

Fine said that ultimately, the only decision she felt she could live with was donating her remaining embryos to a family who wished to adopt them. After having her own children, donating the embryos for research or having them destroyed no longer seemed like a choice she could make. It was about knowing in her heart that this was the right thing to do. Even though it might be difficult, ultimately she would be changing someone else’s life for the better by helping them have a child.

You can hear the entire interview with Fine about her decision on Iowa Public Radio’s website. If you want to learn more about embryo donation and where you can donate your remaining frozen embryos, visit

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Exploring the Legal Side of Frozen Embryo Adoption

For many parts of the world, adopting a child has been legal for less than 100 years. Even in the United States, modern adoption laws didn’t appear on the books until the passage of the Adoption of Children Act in Massachusetts in 1851. Adoption law was slow to develop in the rest of the world, too, with Great Britain formally legalizing adoption nearly 75 years later in 1926. Today, embryo adoption is seeing a similar struggle for the law to catch up with the times. The use of remaining embryos by fertility clinics to help patients achieve pregnancy has been happening for nearly 30 years. There are still no laws formally governing the process.

Because the law doesn’t acknowledge an embryo as human, the process of donating embryos to a recipient family is legally managed using property law rather than adoption law. This allows one family to donate their remaining embryos to another family while protecting all parties involved with a legal contract. While perhaps not ideal, the system is legal, and it allows the embryo donation process to take place within the legal system and the embryos to be adopted and given a chance at life.

If you would like to learn more about the legality of embryo adoption, the legal status of embryos in the United States, and how many organizations are helping fertility clinics navigate FDA requirements, join us for a free webinar on the topic on October 14th and get answers to your legal questions from a qualified expert. You can sign up for the Legal Status of Embryo Donation and Adoption webinar by visiting

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Meet the Boy Who Was a Frozen Embryo When He Survived Hurricane Katrina

There are a half million frozen embryos in storage in the United States, and 8-year-old Noah was one of those frozen embryos when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Noah’s mother, Rebekah, had received IVF treatments at The Fertility Institute in New Orleans, where she had already conceived her first child and had five embryos remaining in frozen storage. Rebekah’s five embryos joined the nearly 1,400 others being kept at the clinic when the hurricane tore through the city of New Orleans.

The clinic took measures to protect the embryos, moving them to the third floor of the clinic and covering them in liquid nitrogen in an attempt to keep them at the required 320 degrees below zero. Unfortunately, the clinic lost power in the floods and temperatures climbed to 100 degrees, leaving doubts as to the chances of the embryo’s survival. Two weeks after the storm, representatives from the clinic were able to return in boats and retrieve the embryos, but no one knew if they would still be viable. Rebekah and her husband decided to take the chance. Less than a year after the storm she became pregnant with her son, Noah.

Noah’s story is an incredible demonstration of how the embryos who have been created for life deserve that opportunity. Frozen embryos can remain in storage for 10 years or more and still become beautiful, healthy babies when given the chance. Some experts believe that given the proper storage and care, embryos should be able to remain in storage for 15 to 20 years – or even more. Noah’s story is remarkable, though, in that this tiny, frozen embryo endured incredible circumstances and still developed into a healthy, happy boy. You can learn more about helping other frozen embryos get their chance at life by visiting

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Monday, September 14, 2015

What Kind of People are Adopting Embryos?

Embryo adoption is becoming more and more common within the United States. While the technology for the procedure has been around for more than 30 years, it’s really only in the last few years that people have even heard about the option. Today, stories about embryo adoption can be found on television, in the newspaper, and on the radio nearly every week. So who are the people adopting embryos in order to build their families? 

  • They are couples struggling with infertility. Many people who seek embryo adoption as a family building method do so because they are unable to conceive a child through other methods. Maybe they’ve had an infertility diagnosis, their own IVF treatments were unsuccessful, or maybe adoption was just too expensive. Embryo adoption could provide the solution they need.
  • They are families moved by the stories of more than 600,000 embryos in frozen storage after in vitro fertilization treatments. Maybe they already have children, maybe they want more, but some people who are adopting embryos aren’t doing so because of fertility struggles. Some of these families are moved by the fact that these embryos were made for life but sitting in cold storage suspension indefinitely.
  • They are people just like you. 

People from across the country and around the world are discovering the benefits of embryo adoption. If you are curious about embryo adoption and think it could be right for you, we invite you to visit You’ll find information, answers to your questions, and more. Sign up for one of our free webinars and be informed on this incredible family-building option.

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