Pregnant Possibility Women and couples struggling with infertility get to experience pregnancy and childbirth, thanks to donated embryos.
Love for the least of these Hannah Strege is a 19-year-old college freshman with a brilliant smile, big dreams of becoming a social worker — and an origin story that’s kept her in the public spotlight since she was no …
Families united by shared embryo Mother’s Day is Sunday. The usual gifts are flowers or candy, but what about the gift of an embryo?
Your Family Now: Waterloo family grows family via embryo adoption Travis and Annette Wells knew before they were married that they wanted children. They also knew there were fertility issues that would require them to look at different ways to …
Columnist Don Feder/1st Snowflake Baby Hannah Strege – The Tami Jackson Show Tami Jackson interviews Hannah Strege, the first Snowflake baby, about her amazing story. Hannah’s interview starts at the 34:00 point of this podcast.
Embryo adoption gives new hope for families who struggle with infertility Anna and Robert Burnett decided the best choice for them was frozen embryo adoption through Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. Ian and Emalynn are now middle schoolers who explain to their …
From Adopted Embryo To Biola Twenty years later, a young woman and daughter of a former Register sports writer reflects on her special entry into the world.
Hope for the unchosen Over the last few years, a handful of physicians in the United States and Europe have reported that embryos deemed abnormal by early tests could still grow into normal pregnancies due to the embryo’s ability to …
Biola student was first-ever adopted frozen embryo In many ways, Hannah Strege is the typical teenager on the verge of adulthood. The 19-year-old is a college freshman who likes to listen to music, go shopping with her mom and out …
What You Should Know About Embryo Adoption And Donation While the majority of frozen embryos are intended for use by the couples who create them in IVF treatment cycles (either if the first cycle is not successful or if they want additional children), there …
A Life Preserved – Freshman Hannah Strege is the first person born through frozen embryo adoption Before her birth in December 1998, Hannah Strege was frozen for two years. Conceived in a petri dish, she was preserved as an embryo …
The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her The longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth was born last month in Tennessee. Emma Wren Gibson, delivered November 25 by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, …
‘Ethical Dilemmas of Unused Embryos’ and ‘Patagonia’s Workplace Paradise’ They’re called maybe babies… nearly a million frozen embryos stored in labs across the nation. They’re at the heart of a daunting decision for thousands couples–and a brave new world for …
Central Texas couple gives birth to their adopted children A Central Texas couple has expanded their family twice with the help of embryo adoptions. The process allowed Carrie and Jimmy Nix to give birth to their adopted children.
Keeping In Touch With Your Erstwhile Embryo The scientists say they were struck by the open communication between donors and recipients. “The people involved in the Snowflakes program have much more information before the pregnancy,” co-author Lucy Frith of the …
Embryo adoption program celebrates its ‘Snowflakes’ in Loveland Little Marley Wilson came into being almost 19 years ago, but she just celebrated her first birthday. Sixteen-year-old twins Mark and Luke Borden have three biological siblings who were created the same …
‘Snowflake’ baby: ‘I feel lucky that I was given the chance at life’ Hannah Strege, the first person to be adopted as a frozen embryo through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, is now 18 years old and is using her …
Marty and Elizabeth’s Story Marty and Elizabeth chose embryo adoption to expand their family. Another family donated their embryo that was frozen for 18 years! Elizabeth was able to carry the baby full term and gave birth to Marley in …
Embryo “Adoption” Might Provide Another Option For Infertility, But It’s Not Perfect Since then, 1,200 couples have donated their embryos, and 500 babies have been born as a result. The program encourages “open adoption” between donors and parents, which is …
The University of Huddersfield is researching the emergence of a new style of family creation that sees couples “adopt” embryos and, after the child is born, remain in contact with the donors and in many cases develop a special relationship with them.
“We tell her that babies are made by mommy’s seed and daddy’s seed, and she was started by another family and given to us as a big gift,” Joanna said. “And we took those seeds and asked God to help her grow in me.”
Because when Kelli discovered she was unable to have her own kids, she found an answer to her prayers in the form of Rebecca, who donated her frozen embryos left over from IVF to Kelli – to allow her to have the family she’d always dreamed of.
An estimated 600,000 to 1 million frozen human embryos are in storage in the United States, waiting for possible transfer into the uteruses of women dealing with fertility issues. Annika Hawkins was born from one of them nearly eight years ago, …
Ryan and Kimmi Carlos struggled with infertility before giving birth to their twins in their late 20s. After conceiving and giving birth to another child naturally, the couple decided to donate the embryos remaining from their IVF cycle to another family.
This article by The San Diego Union Tribune explores the relationship between the Petersens and the Pohls, and how in a few short years, they’ve gone from being complete strangers to becoming an extended family.
After over a decade of trying to have children, Rebecca Henderson and her husband gave birth to twins through in vitro fertilization. The couple decided that they were done having children, but didn’t believe in destroying them or donating them to research. So, they turned to embryo adoption.
Brian and Angela Cartledge always wanted to be parents, but after struggling with infertility for years, the couple started to doubt that it would ever happen. The couple discovered Nightlight’s Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, and now they have three toddlers!
In vitro fertilization often creates more embryos than a couple can use. So they have a decision to make – do they donate them to science, destroy them, or donate them to another family? Rebecca and Chris Henderson made the decision to donate their 11 remaining embryos to the Gassmans.
Inga Wismer has had quite the journey to building her family. She’s got a son from her first marriage, as well as two children with her second husband. After two miscarriages and an adoption disruption, the couple decided to try something new – embryo adoption.
Mike and Christy Trabun have always had a heart for adoption, and when the couple had trouble conceiving a genetically-related child, they started to explore their options. They discovered embryo adoption, and now have four children.
What happens when a couple doesn’t use all of the embryos they created through in vitro fertilization? Legal battles between couples like Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance, Nick Loeb have helped shed some light on the topic.
When it comes to infertility, many couples turn to in vitro fertilization to have children. After completing their family, many couples have remaining embryos. So, they have to make a difficult decision.
Sometimes, embryo adoption leads to a new kind of extended family – one made up of the family that donates their remaining embryos for adoption, and the family that has children from those adopted embryos.
Kevin and Anna Long had five children – four biological children of their own and an adopted daughter. They thought their family was complete. After a big move from New York to Dothan, Alabama, the couple decided to add to …
After turning to in vitro fertilization to start their family, the Petersen’s gave birth to their first son. Shortly thereafter, they conceived two other children without medical assistance. After some searching, the couple decided to donate three of their remaining embryos to another couple.
Even before Paul and Tamy Dillon were married, they knew that they wanted to have their own kid, but they also knew they wanted to adopt. The couple has four children – two biological children, a son adopted through traditional adoption, and more recently a son adopted through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
Natalie and Brandon Champagne knew they would become parents – they just weren’t sure how. Brandon had fought leukemia as a child, and they knew it wasn’t likely they would be able to have children of their own.
Kimberly Tyson, Program and Marketing Director at Nightlight, was recently featured on 850 KOA’s Sunday morning radio show, You Get the Blessing. She spoke with Biff Gore and Chuck King about Nightlight and it’s programs – one of which was the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
With their belief that life begins at conception, Chris and Rebecca Henderson paid a few hundred dollars each year to keep their remaining embryos frozen. After their third daughter was born, they decided to donate their remaining embryos to another couple struggling with infertility – Dan and Kelli Gassman. The Gassmans were able to welcome a son and daughter into their family.
Nightlight and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program recently made an appearance in More Magazine.
Kristin Eckhart and her husband adopted their son, Thomas, from Vietnam in 2008, but when they were ready to find a sibling for him, they discovered that the country had shut down its overseas adoption program.
Jim and Ashley Ave almost lost hope of having children when they discovered embryo adoption. The couple adopted their embryos through the Snowflakes program. The embryo that was implanted in Ashley split, giving them twin girls, Giana and Kathryn.
Liz and Kevin Krainman, a couple from Austin, TX went on an extraordinary journey to bring their daughter, Sammy, into the world. Sammy wasn’t adopted through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, though her parents still lovingly refer to her as a Snowflake.
Gina Yasuda and her husband had completed their family, but they had three embryos remaining. Gina’s doctors told her about the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, and the couple signed up. After three years, the Yasuda’s discovered the Stephanie and Ben Hawkins – they were the ones.
Jeff and Odessa Kershner wanted to add more children to their family. They had always felt the urge to adopt, so after learning that health conditions could be transmitted genetically, the couple decided to adopt.
A couple’s decision of what to do with remaining embryos created from In Vitro Fertilization can often be a difficult one. But when faced with that exact decision and 13 remaining embryos, David and Steffany Reeve saw only one acceptable option, donation the embryos to another family.
The Bump.com has quickly become a go-to resource for families hoping to have a baby, those who are already pregnant and even those who are new parents. Recently, the information packed site turned its attention to the world of infertility and family building by introducing their 5 million+ monthly visitors to the world of embryo adoption.
CBN, one of the nation’s largest faith based television networks, recently dropped by Nightlight’s California headquarters to learn more about how the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program is making an impact in the lives of families struggling with infertility.
Mom Talk Radio, the first nationally syndicated radio show designed for mothers, has quickly become a go to source for moms to receive advice on food, parenting, children and recently even embryo adoption.
Boasting 26 networks and millions of viewers worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has quite the media reach. They recently decided to use part of their influence to introduce their audience to embryo adoption, featuring this unique family building option on the hit show ‘Facing Life Head-On’.
Dr. James Dobson has long been a monumental figure in the embryo adoption movement first brining national attention to the Snowflakes Program in the late 1990’s. He revisited the topic again early this year on his popular Family Radio Show.
Charlie and Matt DeVore’s story of embryo adoption after infertility started small but grew rapidly. It was first told by a local news station, but quickly spread across the country and finally to ABC News.
Fox News joined the Embryo Adoption Awareness movement early in 2014 featuring the story of Stephanie Hawkins, a woman who turned to Snowflakes after discovering she couldn’t have biological children.
“It was not an option to try to have 14 more (children). But we loved her enough to choose life for her by embryo adoption.” Those are the words of Melissa Eggleton when asked by Al Jazeera News why she chose to donate her remaining embryos to another family.