Many people have realized their dream of parenthood thanks to a relatively new way of family building–embryo donation. If you would like to become a parent, you may choose to receive embryos donated by parents who wish to help other couples struggling with infertility grow their family. This path gives prospective parents the potential opportunity to experience pregnancy and childbirth. Also called embryo adoption, many parents think of it as giving birth to their adopted child.
The Decision to Donate
Countless families have experienced exactly what you’re going through, the strong desire to have a family and willingness to take extraordinary steps to do so. Parents who have successfully conceived through IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and completed their family often find themselves having to decide what to do with their remaining frozen embryos. Many choose to donate them to another couple struggling with infertility. It is a very emotional decision. Parents often find comfort in knowing that their remaining embryos are going to prospective parents who will provide a loving, stable home. We recognize the complexity of this decision and can provide guidance and counseling as you determine what’s best for your family.
Embryo Donation Guidelines
Specific practice guidelines for embryo donation have been developed by The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). If you come to the decision to donate your unused embryos, you will be involved in the recipient selection process, and may have the opportunity to decide which prospective parents will adopt your embryos. You may also decide to what degree of contact, if any, you wish to have with the adopting family. If embryo donation is something you wish to explore, be sure to check with us as not all frozen embryos are eligible for donation.
Embryo Donation Agencies
You may want to research the agencies below while searching for the embryo(s) you plan to adopt or wish to have adopted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your patient care coordinator. Another good resource for embryo donation information is www.miracleswaiting.org.
ReproTech, Ltd. (RTL) Embryo Donation Program
3 regional facilities in Minnesota, Florida and Nevada
Kathy McIntosh, Embryo Donor Program Administrator
Toll Free: 888-489-8944
National Embryo Donation Center
116 Concord Road, Suite 400
Farragut, TN 37934
Toll Free: 866-585-8549
Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park: A Ministry of Cedar Park Church
16300 – 112th Avenue N.E.
Bothell, WA 98011
Maria D. Lancaster, Executive Director