When the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program was begun in California in 1997, it was the first program of its kind not only in the United States but in the world.
Today, there are at least seven other Embryo Adoption programs in the United States, with over 200 fertility clinic Embryo Donation programs operating as well.
And like any good idea, it hasn’t taken long for Embryo Adoption to begin spreading well outside of the U.S. This unique fertility option has found roots in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
For example, the Malpani Infertility Clinic in Colaba, India has become a major force in Embryo Adoption, with over 1,000 embryos currently frozen in storage at their facility.
According to a recent story in the Hindustan Times, the Malpani Clinic has at least four couples adopt embryos each and every month – up from around one per month several years ago.
In Europe, embryo donation programs have sprouted up in countries including the United Kingdom, where there are over 116,000 embryos frozen in storage, according to The Guardian.
The Wessex Fertility Centre in Southampton, for example, advertises embryo donation as one of its main treatment options to its infertility patients.
This relatively new option has begun catching on in Canada, too, where a new program was recently started by Beginnings Counseling and Adoption Services and in Ontario – the first embryo donation service in Canada.
Other international embryo donation/adoption programs include the Singapore Urology and Fertility Centre, the Bangkok Hospital & Medical Center and the Jindal Heart Institute and Infertility Centre in India.
With the overwhelming number of couples worldwide struggling with infertility, embryo donation and adoption is likely to continue growing as an option in the U.S. and globally.
For more information on this option, and to see a list of Embryo Adoption programs in the U.S., visit www.embryoadoption.org.
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