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Monday, September 29, 2014

More Families Opting for Single-Embryo IVF Transfers, May Leave More Embryos in Cold Storage

When in vitro fertilization was in its infancy, doctors increased a couple’s chances of successful pregnancy by transferring multiple embryos at once. While this increased the chance of a woman becoming pregnant, but it also increased her chance of becoming pregnant with multiple babies. However, today more and more couples are opting for single-embryo transfers during their IVF treatment, thanks in part to the better testing procedures, but more often due to higher costs and risks of complications to both the mother and babies in cases of multiples.

 A study published this month in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics found that twins are "3.4 times more likely to be stillborn and 6.4 times more likely to die within 28 days of birth." For “higher order multiples,” meaning triplets, quads, and more, the risks were even higher. For families who have already struggled with infertility or miscarriage, those numbers are terrifying. Because IVF treatments contribute to the increased chance of multiples, researchers are encouraging IVF doctors and patients to use a single-embryo transfer protocol as a way of preventing multiple births, lowering healthcare costs and risks to both mother and child.

In theory, IVF doctors should be able to decrease the number of embryos created for the procedure as their screening abilities increase and families shy away from the cost and risk of multiple births. Until then, families will need to consider their options when it comes to their remaining embryos. Embryo donation is one option that is available, allowing other couples struggling to become parents to bring life into the world through the gift of your donation.

If you’d like to learn more about embryo donation and how it works, visit

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Friday, September 26, 2014

New Webinars Focus on Genetics and Adoption – Including Donor Egg/Sperm/Embryo

When a couple discovers they will be unable to give birth to a child 100% genetically related to them how do they begin to deal with that loss? There will be no, “she has your eyes”, “he has grandpa’s nose” along with a myriad of other emotions attached to loss and sorrow.

These genetic losses are experienced by both embryo donor and embryo adopting families.

In addition, when you adopt a child, either a child who has already been born or a child you give birth to through embryo adoption there are some clues you can learn about successful parenting based on the genetic make-up of your child. Interested?

Register for our two newest webinars being held in October and a repeat performance in November!

Part 1: Grieving the Loss of a Genetic Child
Part 2: Understanding Genetics for Adoption Success

We look forward to having you join us.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Embryo Adoption: New IVF Procedures Don’t Solve Remaining Embryo Dilemma

When in vitro fertilization (IVF) was first used in 1978, it seemed like a miracle procedure to the millions of couples worldwide who struggled with fertility problems. Since then, more than 5 million babies have been born thanks to the procedure. New scientific advances are improving the success rate of IVF, too, making the often overwhelmingly expensive procedure more worth the risk for couples who are eager to conceive. This could mean fewer embryos will be needed at the time of transfer, resulting in a higher rate of single babies being born as opposed to the higher rate of multiple births seen in the field now.

Fewer embryos may need to be created in order to increase the odds of a successful transfer and pregnancy. This, in turn, could result in fewer embryos remaining in storage after family building is complete. And while that’s exciting news over the long term, that doesn’t change the fact that there are currently over 600,000 embryos in storage in the United States – a number that continues to grow annually. Many couples struggle with what to do with their embryos after they’ve completed their family, not able to bear the thought of allowing them to be destroyed and unable to pay for their storage indefinitely.

So while science has given many couples around the world the chance to be parents, it’s given birth to a new problem as well: what to do with remaining embryos? Some organizations have stepped in and offer embryo adoption services, giving other couples who cannot or choose not to go through IVF the experience and joy of giving birth to their adopted child.

If you’d like to learn more about this unique adoption opportunity, visit

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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

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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

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