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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What Is Dad’s Role in the Embryo Adoption Process?

Men can often feel confused about the role they play during an embryo adoption and want to know what they can do to support their partner as she undergoes medical testing and various procedures in the attempt to build their family. Remember that you are in the embryo adoption process together. Go to appointments together, grieve together, and celebrate success together. As a man, you want to be an equal partner in your family, and the perfect time to start living that out is now. Be sure that you discuss your feelings about embryo adoption with each other – even the anger, frustration, and sadness that you might feel. You’ll be amazed at how sharing your feelings can be a support to your partner, and how working through those feelings results in a smoother embryo adoption process.

Unfortunately, when it comes to embryo adoption, women will bear the brunt of the physical exhaustion. Dad-to-be may need to lend a hand more often around the house and pick up some extra chores in order for mom-to-be to stay healthy before, during, and after she becomes pregnant. While you can’t really know the physical toll that her body is taking, you can do things to make it easier on her. Treat her to a couples massage, a special night out, or even an extra nap on the weekends. And remember to let her know that you appreciate the sacrifice she is making for your family.

Don’t discount the emotional and mental toll you are under. Remember that men deserve support during embryo adoptions, so look for support groups in your area or ask your fertility clinic or adoption agency for a referral. If you’d like to learn more about dealing with infertility, grieving a genetic child, and preparing yourself and your partner for embryo adoption, sign up for the free webinars at

Monday, February 23, 2015

Webinars About Embryo Adoption in 2015 – No Charge to You!

Is 2015 the year you start exploring embryo adoption as a way to build your family? While we are already into the second month of the new year, it still holds hopes for achieving new goals and keeping new promises you’ve made for yourself and building a family. If you and your partner have been struggling with infertility it may also be your time to start exploring alternative family building methods. Embryo adoption has been in the press a lot this last year – you may be curious about it and want to learn more about the process and whether or not it’s the right option for you. If you want to learn more about embryo adoption, attend or watch a recording of a free webinar on embryo adoption today!

We host evening webinars specifically to help those who are busy working during the day.  We record all of our webinars.  Evening webinars are generally the third and fourth week of the month, but be sure to check the schedule for final dates. You’ll learn more about the embryo donation and adoption process, requirements, and cost. At live events you may ask our experts questions and get answers immediately, giving you the information you need to make this important life decision.

There are several new webinar classes happening this year, too, so even if you’ve been through our webinars in the past you may want to sign up for one of our new sessions to learn even more. Check out Fearful to Fearless, a class about the benefits of open adoption, or The Snowflakes Shipping Process, a webinar for medical professionals who want to learn more about working with the Snowflakes team. Look through all of our classes and find the ones that are right for you. You can learn more and register for free on

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why the Adoption Model is Best When it Comes to Embryo Transfers

There aren’t many laws that govern the embryo transfer process. While the procedure has been around for several decades, it is still relatively uncommon and lawmakers haven’t created many specific rules about the transfer of embryos from one person to another. Currently the process of embryo adoption is governed by contract law, not adoption law. So why do many agencies use the adoption model for embryo transfers?

The adoption model protects all of the parties involved, including the adopting family, the donating family, and the resulting child. A contract is signed by both families that acknowledges the transfer of the embryos, resulting in a legally binding agreement. The traditional adoption model makes it is clear that both parties agree to the transfer and parental rights are transferred solely to the adopting family. An open adoption model is used, which eliminates secrecy and allows both families to be comfortable with the adoption arrangement.

The adopting family completes an adoption home study, which brings peace of mind to the donor family – they know the adopting family has received guidance and education about their upcoming adoption and has undergone a criminal background check.

The contract is a means of protecting both parties. Agencies have been helping people adopt embryos for many years, and they understand the legal process that needs to happen that protects you and your adopted child. They will clearly explain the process and make sure that everything happens as smoothly as possible.
When the adopted embryo baby is born, the woman who gives birth to the child (the adopting mom) and the man to whom she is married (the adopting dad) are placed on the birth certificate as the legal parents of the child.  This is true in all 50 states.
If you have questions about the legal process, open adoption, or another aspect of embryo adoption, visit You’ll be able to find answers as well as contact information for agencies who can speak with you in person.

Friday, February 13, 2015

How Long Does the Embryo Adoption Process Take?

Couples who are exploring embryo adoption as an option for building their family are often eager to get started right away. Many of them have tried IVF unsuccessfully – multiple times!  Some are facing the prospect of having to purchase expense human eggs to create more embryos.  When you are trying to overcome infertility, everything takes more time than you’d like.

You’ll want to work with an agency that understands your desire to move quickly.

Families can be matched with a donor within six months of completing their adoption home study. This time frame will vary based on factors such as how many families are currently donating embryos, and whether their preferences in a match align with yours. The good news is that more people are donating their remaining embryos now than ever, so you have a higher chance of being matched more quickly. Once you are matched with a donor, and the contractual agreements as signed, the next step is to have the embryos shipped to the clinic where you will prepare to have your frozen embryo transfer completed.

And if everything goes well, just nine months later, you’ll be holding your adopted child in your arms. When compared to other alternative family building options, embryo adoption can happen quite quickly.

If you are interested in learning more about the embryo adoption process, please visit and consider signing up for one of our educational webinars.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Salem Family Update

Over the past six months Adéye and Anthony Salem have graciously shared their embryo adoption journey through blogs and videos. They have shared with us their hearts and commitment to the four embryos they adopted – four embryos Adéye and Anthony specifically choose for their family. In late January 2015, they had the four embryos thawed, one survived. Adéye had a frozen embryo transfer procedure completed with this single surviving embryo. We are sad to tell you this baby did not survive the transfer.

Adéye and Anthony, we are so grateful for your willingness to tell the world about embryo adoption and help us raise awareness about this unique adoption choice. Thank you!

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