Dr. Rachel explains embryo adoption
Embryo donation and adoption is the latest way for a couple who is unable to have their own children to now have children. It is the ultimate gift a couple with frozen embryos can give to another couple who cannot have children.
With the use of in vitro fertilization or IVF, millions of couples have been able to have children. And many of these couples have frozen embryos in storage that they may not use because they have completed building their family. These couples have 4 options;
- Keep the embryos frozen
- Thaw them and discard them
- Donate the embryos to research
- Or donate them to another couple via embryo donation
Since 1995, it is estimated that over 3,500 children have been born through embryo donation.
Many of the couples who have adopted embryos are couples who have had recurrent IVF failures, or who are concerned about passing a genetic disorder to an offspring, or they have gotten tired of the waiting process involved in traditional adoptions. Many of the couples already have adopted children and want to experience pregnancy and childbirth.
Embryo adoption is lower in cost when compared to traditional adoptions, IVF, and donor egg programs.
Adopting embryos is a fairly straight forward process. Couples work with an embryo adoption agency. The process matches couples based on preferences from the donor couple and the adopting couple. A perfect match is made. Then the frozen embryos are legally released to the adopting couple. Embryos are transferred into the new mother’s uterus, bam; she gets pregnant and then delivers a beautiful baby.