18 Year Old Embryo Becomes a “Snowflake Baby” for Colorado Couple

There are few things more difficult emotionally than the inability to conceive a child.

For a couple in Parker, they had nearly given up hope of having a second baby after a reproductive health complication made it too difficult for them to conceive naturally.

That discouragement faded when Elizabeth and Marty Wilson learned about the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program. 

The program, established in 1997 by Nightlight Christian Adoptions, works to help couples donating their embryos find the right match.

“A couple in California had a few embryos left over after doing IVF and instead of discarding them, they chose to donate them,” Elizabeth said, “And we are so grateful we were a match.”

That embryo was kept frozen for nearly 18 years in a plastic tube before being matched with the couple.

The Wilson’s fertility doctors assured them that the frozen embryo had the same chance at life as a new embryo.

“Baby Marley has quite the birth story with a twist” Elizabeth said “She was FedEx’d to us!”

About 9 months after a successful embryo transfer, Elizabeth gave birth to Marley Jade on June 3, 2016.

Read the original 9News KUSA story here.

Embryo Quality: Choosing Life

How important is embryo quality? There are a variety of methods used by medical professionals to grade frozen human embryos, projecting the likelihood of pregnancy success. However, many healthy children have been born from embryos given a poor quality rating by the medical community. Dr. Jeffrey Nelson of HRC Fertility helps us gain some understanding about this frequently misunderstood topic.

These videos were produced by Nightlight Christian Adoptions and supported by grant #1EAAPA151027 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department.

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