The turn of a new year tends to bring about themes of renewal, fresh starts, decision making, and conquering goals. For those of you who have found yourself at the end of your IVF journey, you may have come face to face with the decision this past year of what is to be done with your remaining embryos. This decision may be one you never thought you’d have to face and wish you didn’t have to. It may seem daunting, or you may not feel emotionally prepared, but it is never too early to search out the answers you seek. Now is a good time to take the first step.
The Donation Option
Have you ever looked into embryo donation and adoption? Did you know there was such a thing as an adoption model for donating your embryos? The thought of your embryos belonging to someone else may be one that seems unbearable, but many who have faced these fears have found placement through an adoption program was right for them.
Reasons to Donate:
- Embryo donation is a life-giving option for your embryos!
- Through embryo donation with adoption agencies such as the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, you have the ability to choose who will adopt your embryos and the peace of mind that they have been deemed physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially prepared to raise a family by adoption agency professionals.
- You created your embryos because you wanted a family. Now you can help someone else do the same.
- Certain embryo adoption agencies (like Snowflakes) allow for communication with adoptive families and updates on children born from the embryos.
- Many clinics will not accept embryos that have been frozen before a certain date. The sooner you donate your embryos, the more likely they are to be accepted by an adoptive family’s clinic.
- Storage costs have become difficult to manage.
Take the First Step
It all starts with one simple step: asking questions. Often, it is the fear of the unknown that keeps us from moving forward.
Where to Start:
- Reach out to an embryo adoption agency and learn what the process may be for donating your embryos.
- Read stories of other families with remaining embryos who have gone before you. Chances are, you will find strength in the realization that you are not alone.
- Get your toughest questions addressed through us, the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center!
In this New Year, make your resolution one of gaining knowledge, educating yourself, and taking time to reflect on tough questions and emotions you may have been avoiding. The fear of the unknown can be crippling. The good news is that one small step can be all you need to allow yourself to take another, and then another, and then just one more until you find the answers and peace of mind you have been seeking.
To learn more about embryo donation, visit EmbyroAdoption.org.