Date: February 14,2005
– Valentine’s Day is a
time to share with loved ones, but the day has extra special meaning
for one Cincinnati area family. That’s because their Valentine
came by special delivery – the result of successful embryo
Their baby boy was born in late January and weighed in at a healthy
eight-plus pounds. His birth is the first embryo adoption facilitated
through Embryos Alive, a Cincinnati-based adoption agency. Both
he and mom are doing well, according to family members.
Bringing babies into families is always joyous – whether
it’s through pregnancy or adoption,” says Bonnie Bernard,
MS, executive director of Embryos Alive. “And in this case,
his parents are celebrating both!”
Of course, this special
Valentine had quite an incredible journey into this world. It began
when his frozen embryo was thawed and
implanted into the uterus of his adoptive mother. Fortunately,
he survived the thawing process and the nine-month pregnancy. Unfortunately,
only 40 percent of frozen embryos survive thawing, and of those
who do, only 50 percent survive implantation.
With a three year old daughter of their own, the baby’s
adoptive parents had tried unsuccesfully to bring a new younger
brother or sister into their family. When they learned about the
Embryos Alive adoption program, they jumped at the chance to both
parent a child and experience a pregnancy.
Though they’ve chosen to remain anonymous at this time,
these parents are eager to share their story and create awareness
for this relatively new adoption option.
The new baby’s embryo was created three years ago when his
donor parents themselves were experiencing infertility. In fact,
their infertility treatments created an excess of embryos, which
they later froze. Left with the decision to destroy the embryos – either
intentionally or through medical research – they decided
to give another couple a hopeful chance at parenthood.
“ This has been a true blessing for us,” the new mother
said. “We encourage anyone who has experienced the heartache
of infertility to consider embryo adoption. And to those couples
who have surplus embryos due to
successful pregnancy and birth, please consider donating these
so that other waiting and hopeful parents can experience this
Embryo adoptions exist through the loving kindness of donor couples.
Today, some 400,000 embryos are frozen in laboratories around the
country awaiting a positive outcome. Multiple medical and personal
screenings, as well as binding legal agreements between both parties
make it a reality.
“ This is a story of two couples who really wanted to bring
a child into the world and worked together to make it happen,” says
Bernard. “Our special Valentine baby was truly born from
And isn’t that what today is all about?
For more information
about embryo adoptions, contact Embryos Alive
at 513-518-7006 EmbryosAlive@yahoo.com
visit their website,