Will Donor Embryos Become a Baby?

When embryos are created for in vitro fertilization treatments they are created with the intention of giving birth to a child. But often, embryos remaining in frozen storage long after the couple has completed their family.

This is why embryo adoption programs exist today; to empower families with remaining embryos with the ability to control the placement of their remaining embryos.    

Here are some truths about the quality of remaining embryos:

  1. The embryologist who created the embryos usually will only freeze those embryos that s/he considers viable.
  2. There is no determined ‘shelf-life’ for frozen embryos. Healthy babies have been born from embryos frozen 15, 18, 20, 24 years ago!
  3. The rate of birth defects in babies born from frozen embryos is no higher than in ‘normal’ pregnancies.
  4. Embryos graded ‘C’ have produced healthy babies, while embryos graded ‘A’ have not.  Embryo grading does not guarantee pregnancy.
  5. Research has shown a higher pregnancy success rate using frozen embryos rather than fresh.

Many couples who have had multiple failed IVF treatments have chosen embryo adoption and given birth to healthy babies–babies who otherwise may still be in the freezer!

To learn more about embryo donation and adoption, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.