Frozen for 5 ½ Years, Embryo Donation Results in New Family

The science behind embryo adoption is pretty remarkable. After in vitro fertilization, most families have embryos that they won’t be using to build their family. Those embryos go into frozen storage, where they can remain for years. Embryos that have been frozen for more than 15 years have been successfully thawed and transferred to a woman's body, giving these babies the opportunity to experience the life they were created to have. That’s exactly what happened for Ruby, a “snowflake baby” who spent the first 5 ½ years of her existence as a frozen embryo. When her biological family decided they were done building their family, they opted to donate the remaining embryos--including Ruby.

Ruby’s adoptive parents decided to explore embryo adoption as a way to create their family, and began the adoption process which included home visits, background checks, and fingerprinting. They were matched with Ruby’s biological parents, and the embryos were shipped to the waiting family and thawed after nearly six years of storage. Ruby survived the thawing process, was transferred to her adoptive mother’s womb, and born nine months later. She is one of the nearly 6,000 babies born through the process of embryo donation and adoption.

Being able to give birth to their adopted child created a powerful bond between Ruby and her parents. Couples can give these Snowflake babies the opportunity of life when they would otherwise remain in frozen storage for years, only to eventually be destroyed. Ruby’s biological family made the decision to donate their remaining embryos so they could have a chance of life, and her adoptive family made that happen. Embryo adoption is an incredible way to build your family and give life to a child who has already been created. For more information, visit

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