As family and friends come together to celebrate, there often comes a mixture of emotions. You may be excited to introduce your new baby to your loved ones. Are you nervous about explaining your adoption to family members who may not be familiar with embryo adoption?
We saw the embryos as children so we felt our options were donating them anonymously through a clinic or agency with no say in the choice of parents, or choose a family to place them with through an adoption program. Doing nothing or donating the embryos for science was not an acceptable alternative for us.
Thanksgiving is the time we think about harvest celebrations with our family and friends, and our hearts leap with gratitude. But our hearts may also leap with a bit of fear. The kind of fear that comes from facing infertility during the holidays…
Starting the journey through an embryo adoption or donation program can be very exciting, but the financial component can take people by surprise. The good news is that there are grants, scholarships, and loans out there that can help fund your fees for the adoption process, the fertility treatments, and both!
Embryo adoption is more than just a medical procedure. Embryo adoption applies the best practices of adoption to the process of embryo donation.
November kicks off the start of National Adoption Month, where adoption agencies and families celebrate the beauty of adoption. However, embryo adoption is often overlooked. Why is it not considered a form of adoption even though thousands of families have participated in it for years?
Even though the wait had some painful moments, we are so joyful and thankful for our son. Infertility helped us become patient.
Adoption trauma describes the trauma connected to being separated from one’s birth family. Either at the moment of birth or at another point during primitive years. However, because children born through embryo adoption are not separated from their birth family, the exact same type of trauma does not necessarily apply…
It is important not only for our society to recognize and give voice to this type of loss, but also for those who have experienced it to allow themselves to grieve and to honor the child or children they have lost.
It is natural to be curious about our genetic origins. For adoptees, it can open up a completely new world by answering questions, and filling in the gaps. Unless, the adopted person does not know that they are adopted…
“These remaining embryos are lives that need a chance to be loved. I would never minimize a couple’s desire to have biological children, but if your situation prevents you from that, embryo adoption is a miraculous process that allows you to give birth to your adopted child.”
You have decided to take the plunge and donate your embryos to another family! You may think the process is simple: Choose a program, speak with a representative, sign some papers, done! There is so much more to donating embryos than some families initially realize.
Embryo adoption can sometimes feel like riding a bike. You learn a little bit about it and learn some more, but by the end of your journey, you will be zooming on by. There is a lot to learn, but is there anything unexpected you should know about?
It is so wonderful to take some time for yourself for a change! But let’s face it—slowing down to put yourself first, can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Especially when you are on the journey of embryo adoption.
August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day. After countless clinic appointments, testing, and fertility treatments, being told you’re unlikely to have a genetic child can be heartbreaking. Many families facing infertility do not realize the importance of grieving the genetic child you can never have before pursuing adoption or other forms of family building.