Understanding The Embryo Donation Process

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Why Donate?

We understand the difficult decision parents are faced with when they realize they have remaining embryos they don’t plan to transfer (often called leftover, excess or unused embryos). Snowflakes provides a way for you to select a couple who will adopt your embryos.

Talk with our Placing Parent Inquiry Specialist Jen:

970-578-9700 x126 |  jen@nightlight.org

Does it concern you to think about another family raising children genetically related to your own?

The idea of allowing another family to raise children born as a result of your embryo donation may feel like an impossible choice. Remember! You created the embryos with a specific intention: to bring children to life, to your family. Why not give your remaining embryos this opportunity by making them available to another family of your choosing? It is a loving, caring and compassionate choice.

Through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, if you would like you may be provided with information about the outcome of your embryos including if they survived the thaw, how many were transferred and if a pregnancy resulted. If you desire, you will learn how the baby or babies are doing, see pictures and receive updates.

Or, if it’s more comfortable for you, you don’t have to be involved: Snowflakes can choose the parents who will adopt the embryos.

Each family is unique and we strive to provide services that will meet your needs. There are few laws pertaining to assisted reproductive technologies. The Snowflakes Program provides the same legal safeguards for embryo donation and adoption that are set forth through laws governing traditional adoption. We do this for the benefit of any resulting children who are born, their parents and you.

Please read through our Snowflakes Placing Parent Information Packet to learn more. If your questions aren’t answered or you want to discuss your personal situation, we welcome you to contact Jen, our Snowflakes Placing Parent Inquiry Specialist.

Are you distressed about what to do with your leftover embryos?

Not making a decision is actually making a decision. Embryos have demonstrated that they have an indefinite life span in storage but, you do not have an indefinite lifespan. If you do not make a decision, someone – quite possibly the living genetic siblings of those embryos – will eventually have to make a decision about your remaining embryos.

Choosing Donation

Three families tell about their personal experiences with having remaining embryos and how they determined what they should do with them.