Each step of the process, from deciding to donate our embryos to ultimately learning of the birth of baby boy, has been full of lots of emotions. However, the overwhelming feeling we have is one of gratitude and joy.
Having remaining embryos after you have finished building your family may not be something you were prepared to face. Many questions may come up as a family is deciding whether to donate remaining embryos.
PCOS is a condition where a woman does not make enough of the hormones needed to ovulate. This can cause an array of symptoms including small cysts to form, problems with the menstrual cycle, and in some cases, issues with fertility.
If you have finished building your family, but still have remaining embryos, embryo donation is an option you can consider!
In November 2020, the words “We have a Match” popped up in my inbox. With butterflies in our stomachs, we read that a family had chosen us for their eight remaining embryos! I was so nervous to look at their profile that I asked my husband to read it first. I will never forget the look on his face after he read their letter.
Embryo adoption is a beautiful way for adoption-hearted families to bring a child or children into their home by providing them with an opportunity for life.
Requiring a pre-adoption assessment as part of the embryo adoption process follows the best practices of adoption. Part of this home study or family evaluation process is the home visit.
Whether you want to donate your remaining embryos or receive embryos to grow your family, you may encounter several misconceptions surrounding these opportunities.
Let’s be frank: fertility treatments are expensive! Moreover, with the rise in costs due to inflation, they are not going to be getting lower any time soon.
Louise Brown was the first baby born who was conceived outside of the body. In July 2023, and over eight million babies have been born using IVF. In 2019, it was estimated that 2.5 million IVF cycles are performed annually, resulting in a whopping half-million babies.
Months, or even a year or two goes by and there still has not been any potential matches for your embryos. It is easy to get discouraged at this point, but there are some practical steps to take to find your match quicker.
For couples who are considering using donor sperm to create embryos, there are a unique set of challenges. Setting aside the complex physical and logistical considerations, the emotional terrain alone can be overwhelming.
Legally, since the embryos are considered property, you are completing a legal transfer of ownership. Understanding this difference is imperative to understanding the need for legally binding contracts.
In late May, the Vatican released a document called The Family Global Compact. This document is an initiative of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. It was accompanied by message from Pope Francis.
“It was a painful choice to make at the time. However, embryo donation continues to be one of the best choices I have ever made in my life.”