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Monday, April 21, 2014

National Infertility Awareness Week

Today is the start of National Infertility Awareness Week. To mark the occasion, we here at the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center want all families struggling with infertility to be aware of their options to achieve of pregnancy including embryo adoption.

“Given that this is National Infertility Awareness Week, we think it’s important for couples to know this option (embryo adoption) is available for them. Many medical professionals are still learning about this potential family building solution. It is certainly an economical option for those considering ART – especially if the couple is considering the purchase of donor human eggs. In addition, many clinic embryo donation programs have long waiting lists for patients interested in using donated embryos. Embryo Adoption Programs have donated embryos waiting for families.”

--Kimberly Tyson, Director, Embryo Adoption Awareness Center

Here are three simple things you can do to help spread the word about embryo adoption and let families facing infertility know about this affordable and successful solution.

  1. Share a post on your social media helping to make people aware of National Infertility Awareness Week and of Embryo Adoption. Make sure to include #NationalInfertilityAwarenessWeek (for Facebook) or #NIAW (for Twitter) and #embryoadoption
  2. If you have remaining embryos, join us for a special evening webinar called "Embryo Donation Solutions" set for Thursday, April 24th at 6pm MT. This webinar will focus on options for families who have remaining embryos in frozen storage and introduce a new, low cost embryo storage program through Fairfax Cryobank and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. Register for this event on the Webinar Registration page of EmbryoAdoption.org.
  3. If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, visit us at EmbryoAdoption.org where we have many resources available, including brochures, an extensive FAQ section, webinars, videos, news stories and a list of embryo adoption agencies around the country. 
  4. Share your story with us. If you have faced infertility and chose embryo donation or adoption to help build your family, we want to hear about it. Tell us about your journey via written testimony, video or voice recording. Email us at Adam@Nightlight.org

You can help make a difference in the lives of families struggling with infertility everywhere. Just share the hope.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Infertility and the Desperation to Achieve Pregnancy and Childbirth

We understand. The desire to achieve pregnancy and start a family is powerful. The yearning to have life growing in you becomes even more intense for families struggling with infertility. Each failed attempt at pregnancy is heartbreaking and increases your desperation to become a mother.

Elizabeth Rohm (an actress from American Hustle, Heroes, The Client List and Law & Order) understands as well and experienced the infertility rollercoaster first hand. She wrote about her experiences in the book “Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected).

Due to prematurely old eggs, Rohm was unable to conceive naturally. In her book she expresses where her mind was after discovering her infertility issues.

“Who would have ever predicted that this would happen to me? I was healthy, I exercised, I wasn’t overweight. Why would I have medical problems? Didn’t I do everything right! Did I do something to cause this? Was it my fault? Was I just a victim of fate? A nasty trick? The girl who wasn’t allowed to achieve her dreams? Was I not worthy of love? Was I not worthy of a family? Frankly, it sucked. Forget postpartum depression, this was prepartum depression. I admit it was a little bit of a pity party.”

Monday, April 14, 2014

Congratulations to the Gassman Family

The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center wants to wish the Kelli and Dan Gassman congratulations on the birth of their daughter Aubrey on March 20th. After suffering from infertility due to poor egg quality the Gassmans choose to build their family through embryo adoption, first giving birth to their son Trevor and now to Aubrey.

Kelli and Dan have been amazing advocates for embryo adoption, even appearing on "The Katie Show" last fall to share their amazing journey. To see the Gasman's appearances on "The Katie Show" please visit the Video Page of EmbryoAdoption.org.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Heilman Family's Story of Embryo Adoption



Eric and Rebecca wanted to start a family, and after an unsuccessful year, were diagnosed with infertility. When they started looking into adoption they heard about the possibility of adopting embryos. This video was a winner in the last year's Embryo Donation and Adoption Video Contest.

To learn more about embryo donation and adoption visit EmbryoAdoption.org.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Study shows IVF more successful in spring

Spring has always been a season for new life, even for humans.

According to a Health 24 Magazine article, Brazilian researchers have announced the results of a study concluding that human fertilization rates are highest in the spring, nearly 5% higher than winter fertility rates and slightly above summer and fall rates.

“Epidemiologists have demonstrated a seasonal distribution in human natural conception and birth rates,” said study author Daniela Braga in the September 15 article. “We observed a 1.45-fold increase in the fertilization rate during the spring,”

Health 24 goes onto explain that the Brazilian study followed 1,932 women undergoing egg retrieval for in vitro fertilization. Of these women, 435 had egg retrieval in the winter, 444 in the spring, 469 in the summer and 584 during the autumn. Women who had their egg retrievals in the spring had by far the most successful rate of fertilization at 73.5%.