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Friday, November 27, 2015

Upcoming Webinars for Families Considering Donating Frozen Embryos

If you are one of the tens of thousands of people who have remaining frozen embryos in storage, you may be trying to decide what you want to do with them. Discard them? Give them to science? Or donate them to another family wanting to adopt them? The choices aren’t easy, and no matter what you choose, you are likely to have plenty of questions. is hosting a series of upcoming webinars that will focus on embryo donation and help you answer questions, make plans, and finally choose what to do with your remaining embryos.

Many of our webinars are free and give you a chance to speak to experts about your questions and concerns about embryos donation. Check out these upcoming events:

  • Letting Go of Remaining Embryos, 1/6/16
    Choosing what to do with your remaining frozen embryos isn’t easy. Discover your options and resources, along with helpful information about handling grief associated with letting go of your frozen embryos.
  • Embryo Donation and Adoption: Open Mic Night, 1/27/16
    Have questions about embryo donation? Want to know what happens to donor embryos? This is your chance to get answers and hear what other people have to ask about the adoption and donation of frozen embryos.
  • Benefits of Early Decision Making for Remaining Embryos, 2/10/16
    Many couples neglect to make the necessary plans for their remaining frozen embryos after their IVF treatments. This webinar will help you explore options and make plans in the event of unexpected tragedy. 

Click on the links above to register for these webinars and join in an important discussion about what to do with your remaining embryos. Ready to donate now? Visit to learn more.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

3 Myths of Embryo Donation

Embryo donation is getting a lot of attention in the media right now as an affordable, safe family building alternative, but with all the stories there are a lot of myths out there, too. Discover three of the most common myths and what the truth is behind them:

Myth #1: It’s expensive to donate your embryos.
Not at all. The cost to donate your embryos is nothing, and it’s actually more expensive to keep your embryos in frozen storage. There are no limits to how long you can keep your embryos in storage in the United States, so you could end up paying those storage fees indefinitely. The adopting family will pay the costs to transfer the embryos after the adoption is done.

Myth #2: You won’t know what happens to your frozen embryos.
While some organizations will perform donation anonymously, working with an embryo adoption agency will allow you to have an open adoption; not only will you know what happens with your embryos, you can help choose the family who adopts your remaining frozen embryos and keep in touch with them even after their child is born. 

Myth #3: You can’t donate a single embryo.
While some clinics require you to have a certain number of embryos to make a donation, this rule isn’t universally true. Many embryo adoption agencies are happy to take single embryo donations; you’ll want to check with individual agencies about their policies. 

Want to learn more about embryo donation? Visit for more information.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why Infertility Isn’t Always a Factor in Embryo Adoption

For the majority of couples exploring the embryo adoption option for building their families, they’ve come to a clinic or adoption agency after a long struggle with infertility. Embryo adoption gives them an affordable, highly successful way to have the baby they’ve been dreaming about for so long. However, there is no requirement that you need to have an infertility diagnosis before you can adopt frozen embryos. In fact, there are women choosing this family building method who have no trouble conceiving and who may even have children of her own already. They are making this choice for many reasons, including:

  • They want to adopt children but enjoy the idea of experiencing pregnancy with their child. Pregnancy is an incredible chance to bond with an adopted child, and many women are excited that they can expand their families through adoption while still experiencing the joys of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Their hearts are called to give frozen embryo a chance at the life they were created to have. Some women are compelled to adopt frozen embryos when they discover there are 600,000 embryos in frozen storage in the United States waiting to experience life.
  • They are single and don’t want to wait any longer to find the right partner. They may not want to wait until they are older to have a child and decide that embryo adoption gives them an option to have children now without waiting for a partner. 

Whatever your reason, infertility doesn’t have to be a factor in your decision to adopt an embryo. If you’d like to learn more about embryo adoption or find an agency to work with on your adoption, visit

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Why Embryo Donation Doesn’t Come With Compensation

While it’s true that human egg donors and sperm donors are compensated for their time and effort, currently there are no compensation plans for donor embryos when they are given to a clinic or an agency for adoption.

Embryos donated for reproduction are given by families who have completed their in vitro fertilization process. They are done building their family and now need to decide what to do with their leftover frozen embryos. These couples understand the pain of infertility and want to give the ultimate gift of helping another couple experience the joy of becoming a parent. They don’t want their embryos destroyed or used for scientific experiments, but instead get a chance to grow into happy, healthy children.

In the United States, embryos are considered property and not people, but our courts deem them property deserving of special consideration. Because each embryo inherently contains everything necessary for the biological development of a human, compensation for them is inappropriate.  Eggs are eggs, sperm is sperm.  A human embryo is a potential human being.

Right now embryo adoption is one of the most affordable alternative family building options available. It’s an adoption option that not only allows the couple to experience pregnancy but also give birth to a child. It also gives more frozen embryos the chance to experience the life they were meant to have.

Donating embryos to a waiting family is one of the most amazing gifts you can give, both to the couple and to the children who will be born because of your gift. If you have remaining embryos that you would like to donate to a waiting couple, go to to find a clinic or agency near you.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sisters Frozen as Embryos Reunite to Become Best Friends

When Allison and Tom Benassi were asked what they’d like to do with their leftover embryos after their in vitro fertilization treatments were complete, they decided to donate them. They’d been trying to have a child for five years before they had daughter Jamie and were familiar with the pain of struggling with infertility. David and Rhonda Joseph were the lucky recipients of the embryos, and they soon welcomed their daughter Piper.

Nearly 10 years passed when Piper and Jamie, biological sisters, decided that they would like to meet. Their parents were in contact and agreed to the plan. “As soon as they saw each other and met each other, it was just instant togetherness–two sisters immediately,” said Piper’s dad, David, in an interview with WCPO Cincinnati.

The girls’ close relationship despite growing up with two different sets of parents highlights the importance of an open adoption. Instead of waiting until they were adults to seek out information about their biological siblings, the two will be able to grow up together and develop a relationship at an early age. Using an open adoption format for an embryo adoption allows biological siblings to stay in touch and get to know each other as well as obtain important information about their medical history and heritage.

Piper’s mom said the reunion with the Benassis never felt awkward, and she told WCPO that she would urge others to consider donating their remaining frozen embryos to help other couples have children.

If you would like to learn more about donating your remaining frozen embryos, you can learn more about the process and find a nearby clinic or adoption agency at

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