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Monday, March 30, 2015

Is Egg Freezing All It's Cracked Up to Be?

More big companies are offering egg freezing as a benefit to female employees who want to delay having children in order to focus on their careers. Women can work without worrying about declining fertility rates as they get older, thanks to eggs that are being kept in frozen storage until they are ready to start a family. While companies covering the cost of this expensive procedure is seen as a huge benefit to female employees, is egg freezing really all it is cracked up to be?

One of the most important factors of successfully freezing your eggs is how old you are when your eggs are frozen. The quality of your eggs decline as you age, so the earlier you can freeze them the better. If you are already in your mid- to late-30’s, freezing your eggs may not be the answer you are looking for when it comes to ensuring future fertility. It’s also worth noting that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine does not endorse egg freezing as a way to delay motherhood. They recommend it only for certain groups of women, such as those who may lose fertility during chemotherapy. Egg freezing isn’t risk-free for women, either. There is a risk of injury to the bowels and bladder, as well as pelvic infections and swelling or overstimulation of the ovaries.

It’s also important to know that freezing your eggs, no matter how early you do it, is no guarantee that you’ll be able to have children in the future. If you want to delay starting a family, make sure you familiarize yourself with other options as well, including embryo adoption. Unlike freezing your eggs, embryo adoption is done with embryos that have already proven viable and offer a greater rate of successful pregnancies and births. This is a great option for women who have already surpassed the age to freeze viable eggs but who want to experience the joy of pregnancy and birth. Remember that your end goal is to create a family, and that these other options can help you do that if freezing your eggs doesn’t work.

To learn more about embryo adoption, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How You Can Afford Embryo Adoption

While embryo adoption is one of the most affordable alternative family building options for couples, chances are you may not have an extra $6,000 to $16,000 to pay for it. Many couples who have been through the embryo adoption process before have found creative ways to pay for their dreams of being a parent. Creating a Family recently blogged about the results of a survey, in which the organization asked 100 adopting families how they paid for adoption. In the blog post, 9 Ways the Average Person Can Pay for Adopting a Child, Creating a Family reveals that the majority said they financed their adoption through loans, either home equity, borrowing from their 401(k), or consumer loans. There are also adoption-specific loans available through various agencies such as ABBA, which has loaned over $5,000,000 for adoption assistance since the fund began.

Another great option that has caught on in recent years is crowdfunding. If you’ve heard of websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, you are probably familiar with the idea. Primarily used to launch businesses and product lines, individuals are using these crowdfunding sites to raise money from friends, family, and even compassionate strangers around the world. You set up a page explaining what you want to use the money for, and the website handles the transactions and donations for you. CNN reported that GoFundMe has seen over $1,000,000 raised for adoption and fertility treatments since it launched in 2010.

Check out Creating A Family’s post on paying for adoption for other great ideas you can use (we love the garage sale idea!). One of the best ways to find new ideas for financing your embryo adoption dreams is to speak to couple who have done it before you. Hop on message boards or go to a support group. Many couples just like you have realized their dreams of embryo adoption, and chances are they will have great ideas about how you can do it, too! If you’d like to learn more about the embryo adoption and how to pay for it, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Should Go Into Your Family Profile

For many couples, one of the most intimidating part of the embryo adoption process is creating their family profile. This profile is created by both adopting and donating couples as a way to introduce themselves and find matching families in the embryo adoption process. Couples may find themselves worried about what to include, what to leave out, and how to present themselves in a way that will give them the best possible match to another family. Here are some tips to keep in mind when creating your family profile:
  • Be honest and heartfelt. This will be an emotional experience for everyone involved, so don’t feel that you need to mask your feelings. Be truthful about yourself and heartfelt about why you hope to adopt an embryo.
  • Include plenty of pictures. Include photos of your family, your home, and activities that you enjoy. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you want the photos that you include to give other families a sense of your lifestyle, hobbies, and personality.
  • Be yourself. Don’t worry about excluding information that you think a prospective family won’t like. Be yourself, and you are more likely to be matched with the right family. You want to find that one perfect family, so show them who you really are!
Need more tips on creating your family profile? Watch a recording of the webinar, Creating a Family Profile for Donors and Adopters.  We’ll give you tips on what to include, what to leave out, and set your mind at ease about creating a family profile that stands out. Visit www.embryoadoption.org to sign up for our free webinar today! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why Your Clinic Should Consider Partnering with an Embryo Adoption Agency

With the increased exposure of embryo donation and adoption in the media recently, many fertility clinics are being asked by patients if they offer embryo adoption as a family building option. If your clinic is getting inquiries about this procedure, you may want to consider partnering with an experienced adoption agency to handle your embryo adoption and use your clinic for the frozen embryo transfer. Here are three ways you can benefit from this partnership:
  1. An agency will offer unbiased matches between donating families and adopting families using the preferences specified by each family. Adoption agencies apply an open adoption model to embryo transfers, and make sure that the families are a good match for each other. This raises the confidence of the donating family that their genetic children will be matched to a family very similar to their own.
  2. Gives your patients peace of mind about their remaining embryos. The psychological burden many families face when considering what to do with their remaining embryos should not be underestimated, and donation gives them the peace of mind that the embryos they created will have a chance at life.
  3. Increased business for your clinic. More and more couples are turning to embryo adoption for building their family, and your clinic can be at the forefront of offering those services. Referrals from your partnering adoption agency will result in more business for your clinic with the embryos you created, stored, and thawed by your clinic.
Have questions about how you can bring this service to your fertility clinic? Learn more about this opportunity and other ways your clinic can benefit from a partnership with an agency that specializes in embryo adoption. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Are There Exclusions for Who Can Adopt an Embryo?

While embryo adoption is a great method for many couples seeking an alternative family building method, it may not be for everyone. Because there are no government agencies or laws that currently govern embryo adoption, it is up to each individual clinic and agency to develop their own guidelines about who can and cannot adopt an embryo. Some agencies put a cap on the age of the mother or the combined age of both parents, or they may not deal with out-of-state or out-of-country adoptions. Some agencies will give preference to couples who do not have any children, and others may not offer their services to a couple who hasn’t received an infertility diagnosis.

The rules vary widely from one agency to the next, so don’t despair if the first agency you find excludes you for one reason or another. You may find that if you are rejected by one agency, you will be welcomed with open arms at another. Be prepared to do a little research on agencies in your area. You can start by checking out the list of agencies with embryo adoption programs on our website. We also stay in touch with over 500 clinics across the nation regularly, and keep their contact information on www.embryoadoption.org.

Finding the agency that is right for you may take a little research, but the effort will be more than worth it when you are pregnant with your adopted child. Read through the guidelines for agencies in your area and find the one that is right for your family building needs. If you have questions about how to find a clinic or agency in your area, visit www.embryoadoption.org.