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Monday, September 1, 2014

Should Donor Conceived Children Be Kept in the Dark?

More frequently we are seeing articles regarding donor conceiving children wanting to know about their genetic roots – and sperm and egg donors who are complaining (sometimes loudly) that they donated anonymously and don’t want to have any connections with resulting offspring.

What’s the solution?  Is there a solution? Who is supposed to bring about the solution?

One of the most positive aspects of following an adoption model for the process of embryo donation and adoption is the aspect of an open relationship between the donor and adopting families.  Many people have the misperception that an open adoption means a tight-knit relationship between the two families.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

An open relationship can manifest itself in many forms, from using the agency as an intermediary, to infrequent email communications, to private websites and facebook pages, to vacationing together!

The purpose of openness (as opposed to secrecy/anonymity) is to provide families with invaluable connections that primarily benefit the children involved; children born to the donating and children born to the adopting families who are full-genetic siblings of one another.

The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center has presented several webinars on this important topic. To learn more about Embryo Adoption, please visit

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Friday, August 29, 2014

More People are Choosing Embryo Donation and Adoption

Participation in embryo donation and adoption continues to grow as more and more families learn about the option. In this video you’ll hear the story of a family in the Kansas City area who tried multiple times to bring a child in to their family through ‘normal’ adoption channels without success. Then they learned about embryo adoption, the opportunity to experience pregnancy and the birth of their adorable twin daughters. Why not consider embryo adoption for your family?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Embryo Adoption Mail Bag - Cost of Embryo Adoption

Q: Is Embryo Adoption expensive? - Susie in AL

A: Dear Susie,
Embryo adoption is a low cost adoption alternative when compared to domestic and international adoption, repeated IVF cycles and the cost of donor eggs. The embryo donor does not receive payment for their embryos. The most exciting aspect of embryo adoption is that you have the opportunity to give birth to your adopted child. The adoption of foster-care children is generally the least expensive form of adoption.

Q: What costs are involved with embryo adoption? Does the program fee include medical expenses?- Jon in CO

A: Dear Jon,
The cost of the average Embryo Adoption varies greatly depending on the agency/program/clinic involved. Typically a family can expect to pay between $10,000-$16,000 in fees. This includes the agency fee ($2,500-$10,000), a home study/family assessment ($1,000-$3,000) and a Clinic Frozen Embryo Transfer ($2,500-$6,000).

Whether the program fee includes medical expenses depends on the program you are working with. If medical expenses are included in the fee, generally you will need to work with a specified fertility clinic. If medical expenses are not included, adopting parents are able to choose their fertility clinic and doctor, and need to pay the clinic to thaw and transfer the embryos as well as any other associated medical costs connected with the transfer.

Q: Does the adopting family help with any of the fees owed by the donating parent? - Michael in KY

A: Dear Michael,
Typically, adopting families do not pick up any costs that accrued prior to having been matched with a donating family. Adopting families do often reimburse donating families for any expenses incurred during or after they are matched. This includes storage and shipping fees, legal costs, and any fees associated with medical or psychological screening. These may be included in the overall program fee if done through an agency.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

An African American Perspective on Embryo Adoption

Infertility can impact individuals of any ethnicity, as can the high costs of infertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Lower income families of all races can find the high costs of creating a family daunting. In this short video from the National Embryo Donation Center, Dr. Gerald Mulvaney proposes that the costs of infertility treatments may be a major factor as to why there is a very limited number of African American, Hispanic, Asian and even multi-ethnic embryos available.

Mulvaney says, “How many black patients do you start off with? How many have a successful cycle? How many end up having excess embryos? That makes all the sense in the world… We have less people coming in to the system, so we have subsequently less embryos at the end point.”


African American, Hispanic, Asian and multi-ethnic families who have remaining embryos can with confidence offer their embryos an opportunity for what they were created for – Life! Their embryos will be desired by another family who may not have the finances to go through IVF themselves. Donating parents can also, through the assistance of an embryo adoption agency, choose the family and feel confident in the selection knowing that the family they have chosen has been properly vetted through the process of a home study.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Freezing Eggs - Delaying Motherhood

This past Mother’s Day NBC Nightly News ran a short story about women delaying motherhood in America.  The statics are startling:

  • From 2000-2012 the percentage of women aged 40-44 having their first baby rose 35%!
  • From 1970-2012 the percentage of women over 35 having their first baby rose 900%!

One solution women are turning to is freezing their own eggs to be used later to achieve pregnancy after they have met ‘Mr. Right’.  However, egg freezing can be cost prohibitive for most with an average cost of $13,000 plus annual storage fees.

Many women in America are uninformed about the fact biologically their egg supply (ovarian reserve) viability begins to rapidly diminish after the age of 30.  The inability to produce healthy, viable eggs often results in reduced pregnancy rates and higher numbers of miscarriages in women over the age of 35.
For women over 40, getting pregnant is only half the battle as miscarriage rates over 40 are 50% and rise quickly with each passing year.

Embryo adoption may be choice worth considering for those who have delayed marriage or pregnancy.

There are over 600,000 embryos in frozen storage in the United States and each year more people choose to donate their remaining embryos from IVF to another family.

Learn more at