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Embryo Donation: One Option for Intended Parents

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:20am
    Intended Parents who have been lucky enough to have had a child or more through ART may still have several frozen embryos waiting for a decision to be made as to what their future holds. Are the IP's going to try for another child? Perhaps they are done with building their own family and are considering donating the embryos for embryonic stem cell research. Maybe they believe that destroying them is the best thing for their own piece of mind. And, of course, there is Embryo Donation.
    Embryo Donation happens when, typically, genetic parents donate the embryos to a Fertility Clinic or Embryo Bank where they are Cryogenically preserved until Intended Parents are found for them. Most often the process of matching the embryo(s) with the prospective parents is conducted by an agency itself, at which time the clinic transfers ownership of the Embryos to the prospective parents. The amount of screening the embryo has already undergone is largely dependent on the Genetic Parents' own IVF clinic and process. The embryo recipient may elect to have their own embryologist conduct further testing.
    Below I have listed several web sites that may answer any further questions regarding Embryo Donation. This is a very personal and private decision and one that requires a lot of thought. Researching the options will give a much clearer picture and hopefully allow you to make the best decision for your situation!
Sharon
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