Frozen embryos exist in a strange place, between property and personhood, bridging the future and the laws of the past.
Snowflakes in the Media
Yes!FM Radio: Interview with Rodney & Mary Leah
Rodney & Mary Leah speak with Yes!FM Radio in Toledo Ohio about their experience through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, and their babies Dalton and Mary Elizabeth, Snowflakes Babies #1,000 & #1,001!
The Adoption Connection: The World’s First Embryo Adoptee Comes Full Circle
Hannah Strege is the first adopted frozen embryo in the world, adopted through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program at Nightlight Christian adoptions. She shares the importance of adoptees knowing their origin story, how she navigates her open adoption, and how adoption impacts her identity.
Embryo Adoption Agency Celebrates 1,000th Birth
NCA Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption, the only accredited embryo adoption program in the world, has announced the 1,000th birth of a child resulting from the agency’s efforts to match donated frozen embryos with adopting families.
The Federalist: There’s Only One Way For The 1 Million Embryos Stuck In Frozen Orphanages To Make It Out Alive: Adoption
‘We believe that life begins at conception, and so we believe that each of those little frozen lives is a human being that deserves an opportunity to be born.’
Lives in Limbo: A Case for Embryo Adoption
Scripture and tradition tell us something astonishing about our embryonic brothers and sisters currently being kept in frozen storage: they are a vulnerable population that perhaps demands our attention the most. Indeed, embryo adoption appears to be smack-dab in the center of the demands of the Gospel.
BreakPoint: A Young Family Chooses the ‘Gospel-Centered, Imago Dei-Affirming Way’
We are grateful, not just in spite of these infertility, adoption, miscarriage, and heart defect struggles, but for them. He has used all of this to draw us closer to Him.
CNN: Parents welcome twins from embryos frozen 30 years ago
Great news from our friends at the National Embryo Donation Center: Born on October 31, Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born from what may be the longest-frozen embryos to ever result in a live birth!
Informed Pregnancy: Embryo Adoption Journey by Ashley and Justin
“God bless my wife, then came the hard part. The embryos arrived at the clinic and our doctor began the workup with injections and tests. It was a whirlwind of emotions but with guidance from our doctor, all went as …
Fox 19 NOW: Snowflakes is an accredited embryo adoption program from Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Chris and Kari Stewart discuss their adoption journey through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
“I wanted to be a blessing…”
Spectrum News 1 Dallas | Snowflakes Embryo Adoption
Matt and Courtney Swinton never expected they would have trouble starting a family of their own. Then they discovered the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, which allowed them to experience the joys and challenges of pregnancy and childbirth!
Jenni and Keith share their story of hope through embryo adoption/donation
Embryo adoption is such an amazing way for families who may not be able to conceive naturally or can’t do IVF on their own. It is not a very well-known option for those suffering from infertility, but it has been slowly gaining in popularity.
An Embryo Adoption Story with Rachel Bell
Most of know about adoption through foster care or private, infant adoption. But what do you know about embryo adoption? Rachel and her husband, Evan, have four children who all joined their family through adoption. Their youngest son joined their …
Over 900 babies born through Christian agency’s embryo adoption program
A Christian adoption agency’s embryo adoption program has led to the birth of hundreds of babies as the practice of embryo adoption and donation remains a contentious issue, even among Christians.
I Adopted an Embryo and Many More Are Waiting
Like many couples, from the start of our marriage we shared the dream of having children. Tim frequently joked that he wanted 2.5 kids (the national average). My younger brother had been adopted from Russia so adoption was always part …
Abortion Bans May Add to Uncertainty Over Embryo Donation
Abigail and Rachelle Henderson, 15-year-old twins from Buffalo, New York, were conceived in vitro and carried to term by their mom, Rebecca. Trevor and Aubrey Gassman, now 9 and 8 years old, who live in Oregon, were born of embryos …
Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing
Abortion opponents are pushing to have some states recognize that embryos are persons and that could change how these embryos are used and disposed. [At Nightlight we do believe that embryos are human beings at their earliest stage of development. …
Couple Pursued Pregnancy Through Embryo Adoption
It is estimated that between 10-15% of couples struggle with infertility. After trying to conceive and failing, these couples often seek methods like in vitro fertilization, (IVF) or look into adoption. A local [Dayton]couple used a different option.
Denver7 ABC News
Embryo Adoption is more cost-effective IVF treatment. It’s an option for couples struggling with infertility that’s been around for decades, but embryo adoption is still relatively unheard of even though it’s among the more affordable options. Elizabeth and Marty Wilson …
KMOV4 St. Louis
St. Louis-area family shares story as embryo adoption gains popularity “We feel we’re the most blessed parents in the world, we have four amazing kids,” said Victoria McCall. But their youngest daughter Jewel was adopted as an embryo. The embryo …
Alaska’s News Source
After failed fertility treatments, a Kodiak couple adopted an embryo – As in vitro fertilization becomes more widespread, the number of spare embryos rises. Giving birth with donated embryos is becoming more popular, especially among couples who are struggling with …
Spectrum News 1
Texas families turn to alternative methods to have children as birthrates decline and pregnancy-related mortality increases – An Austin couple call their five-year-old daughter Ave a miracle. Tami carried her in her uterus and gave birth to her, but Ave is …
Love & Mother Podcast
National Infertility Awareness Week – Snowflake Adoption: Learn more about ‘snowflake’ adoption with Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the very first family created by this method of adoption!
Ohio couple finds success with Snowflakes after 20 years of infertility issues
The Roshons are a happy family of three. Their son, Ben, is two years old, and the family is still growing. Jennifer Roshon is 20 weeks pregnant, and she is thrilled to soon be a mom of two, even if it is happening later in life than she expected.
NKY couple forms family from rare embryo procedure at UC Health
A Northern Kentucky couple who once thought they would never be able to have children is now a family-of-four thanks to a procedure that’s still fairly uncommon.
First Brief at U.S. Supreme Court by a Formerly Frozen Embryo
The U.S. Supreme Court on December 1, 2021, is scheduled to hear a landmark case by a Formerly Frozen Embryo, Hannah S., now age 22. Hannah argues Roe v. Wade Should be Overturned, according to her attorney Allan Parker.
First Brief at U.S. Supreme Court by a Formerly Frozen Embryo
Hannah S., now age 22, Argues Roe v. Wade Should Be Overturned, according to her attorney Allan Parker
Austin couple braves winter storm for embryo transfer, shares full journey on Mother’s Day.
‘It’s unbelievable’: Tina Gibson, who lives in Tennessee, gave birth to a healthy baby girl using a 27-year-old embryo.
UC Health Patient Stories
Infertility and Embryo Adoption: Chris and Kari, like many couples facing infertility, have followed a very interesting path to parenthood and also to help others who want to pursue embryo adoption. They worked with a Snowflakes partner clinic in Cincinnati, …
Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk: The Sanctity of Human Life
“Babies are creations of God who have eternal souls. I will be their advocate for the rest of my life.” –Dr. James Dobson
Snowflake Babies and Embryo Adoption with the Strege Family: You may not realize it, but couples wanting to adopt a child can actually adopt embryos that have been put up for adoption by the couples who conceived them through advanced …
A Snowflake Named Hannah: The Strege family detailed their experiences as the first family to complete an embryo adoption.
The Daily Citizen
The Battle Over Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Part 2: The Streges, John and Marlene, were the first family in the United States to adopt embryos from another family and have their daughter, Hannah, but little did they know that this …
The Daily Citizen
The Origin of Embryo Adoption, Part 1: In the book A Snowflake Named Hannah, John Strege tells the story of how he and his wife became the first couple in the country to adopt embryos from another family. Through this …
The World and Everything in it
John and Marlene Strege were struggling with infertility more than 20 years ago. They thought about in vitro fertilization but decided that there were moral and ethical problems with that approach. They considered adoption too, but their study of IVF …
The Bottom Line
Roger Marsh interviews John, Marlene, & Hannah Strege, the first Snowflake Baby (interview begins at 49:53).
Life Issues Institute
Lives Yet to Be Lived: The birth of Hannah Strege is recorded in history books and has been the subject of university ethics classes. She was the world’s first adopted frozen embryo. Hannah’s origin changed the landscape of possibilities regarding …
The Strege family joins John today on the BreakPoint Podcast to tell their remarkable story, discuss the ethical crisis in the fertility industry, and the need for Christians to support the adoption of these tiny lives frozen in our nation’s …
Lutherans for Life
Our Embryo Adoption Journey: I never thought in a million years I would be pregnant with an adopted baby. That changed three years ago. My husband and I were struggling to conceive, so we went to an adoption meeting. When …
Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast: Embryo Adoption – Lynette Weaver
Can a forty-year-old virgin who hasn’t done IVF really be in her third trimester of pregnancy? Childbirth educator doula and soon-to-be mom joins us to talk about the options, process, and experience of embryo adoption as well as her plans …
Answers in Genesis
Are Embryos People? – Many people now use various fertility procedures to have a baby. Sadly, many of the embryos that are created are either destroyed or left in storage for years. But now, many Christians are adopting those embryos—and …
Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Radio: A Snowflake Named Hannah 1
The month of January highlights the truth that all human life is sacred. On this broadcast, Dr. Dobson talks with a family who has been advocating for the pro-life movement for over 20 years. John and Marlene Strege were the …
Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Radio: A Snowflake Named Hannah 2
All life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is created in the very image of God Almighty. On this broadcast, Dr. Dobson continues his conversation with John, Marlene, and Hannah Strege, the first family involved in a ‘snowflake …
While IVF Is Allowed To Create Millions Of Frozen Embryos, Those Babies Need Adoption – Embryo adoption allows children who otherwise would not be born to become part of a chosen, loving, permanent adopting family.
More To Life Magazine
Building Families through Faith: Infertility issues put up a roadblock that became navigable only when we chose to walk by faith. Embryo adoption, an option that had never been considered before until my wife Marlene suddenly broached the idea, eventually …
KMOX News Radio
From the freezer to the womb; the option of embryo adoption. The Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program started in 1997 and was the first of its kind.
ABC News: PrimeTime: Embryo Adoption
The Grays did not like any of the options for their remaining embryos. They believe life begins at conception, that each of the embryos is their genetic offspring, a human being and their responsibility. They wanted to know their offspring …
A Chance at Life: Embryo adoptions are increasingly popular thanks in part to a government grant created by an unlikely senator.
Refuge Radio – Interview with Dan & Nicole
An interview with Refuge Radio about Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
The Christian Post
The complicated legal rights of embryos as infertility grows. Embryo adoption is emerging as a new frontier in the world of adoption. Adoptive mothers can carry and birth an embryo that’s not biologically their own, giving life to the embryos …
WGGTV: Nite Line – Kimberly Tyson Interview
Kimberly Tyson was the follow-on guest for the Nite Line program on WGGS TV featuring Nate Birt. Kimberly answers the host’s questions regarding the particulars of embryo donation and adoption and why the viewer may be interested in this unique …
WGGSTV: Nite Line – Nate Birt Interview
Recently Nate Birt, a Snowflakes dad, was a guest on the Nite Line cable TV program. Nate recently released his book called “Frozen, But Not Forgotten” about his own embryo adoption journey. Nate shares with the program host his special …
Family struggling with infertility prepares for embryo adoption. It’s been about 10 years since Nick and Amanda Polking first tried to start a family. After visiting the doctor, they spent a year trying to track down why it wasn’t working. …
Ministry in the Marketplace: A Living Sacrifice
An interview with Kimberly Tyson from Nightlight Christian Adoptions, the director of the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program. She’ll share how the team at Nightlight is impacting families by guiding them through the adoption process of choosing life. The interview starts about …
WDJT: Embryo adoption helps Pewaukee couple become parents
Their journey to parenthood started with a gift from a couple a thousand miles away from their home in Pewaukee
Bill Martinez Live at NRB
Our team recently visited the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) International Christian Media Convention. We had the opportunity to sit down with Bill Martinez to share author Nate Birt’s journey with embryo adoption.
The Eric Metaxas Show: Interview at NRB
We were able to sit down with Eric Metaxas at the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention and share with him Nate Birt and his families story of adopting a baby through embryo adoption.
TAB: Birt Family Adds A Daughter Through Embryo Adoption
Nate Birt remembers his wife’s reaction when he told her he thought it might be a good time to have a fourth baby. It wasn’t a “no.” But it also wasn’t an absolute “yes.” His wife, Julie, had done some …
The Kansan: A different path
After struggling with infertility for years, a Whitewater couple is going to become parents in an uncommon way: through embryo adoption. Though there are other ways to adopt embryos, the Toevs decided to go through Snowflakes Embryo Adoption.
we are GREEN BAY: Embryo adoption allows adoptive mothers to experience pregnancy
Tina Van Egeren, RN is a Donor Coordinator at Aurora Baycare Medical center. Her role as a donor coordinator is to work closely with the physician and the patients to assist them throughout the whole embryo adoption process. She works …
Answers in Genesis
Ken Ham’s Blog: Do Embryo Adoptions “Give Too Much Personhood to the Embryo”? We should celebrate snowflake adoptions and the couples who are willing to rescue those babies and welcome them into their family. Every child is precious, made in …
The New York Times
Embryo ‘Adoption’ Is Growing, but It’s Getting Tangled in the Abortion Debate As I.V.F. becomes more widespread and the number of spare embryos rises, giving birth with donated embryos is becoming more popular, especially among couples who oppose abortion and …
Scott & Sophie Wallace Indiana University alum Scott and Sophie Wallace discuss their journey as parents going through the embryo adoption process through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
Why Parents Should Be Able To Adopt The 700,000 Frozen Embryos IVF Has Left Behind With her entire being, she told me that she was no longer a faceless statistic. She is a real person who has been freed from …
Networking Today International
NTi Global Podcast With Guest Kimberly Tyson An interview with Nightlight Christian Adoptions’ Kimberly Tyson, the director of the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.
Focus on Fertility
Using Embryo Adoption as an Option In this episode of Focus on Fertility we’ll speak with a couple, Nate & Julie, who recently completed the use of embryo adoption to help in completing their family. Are you aware of embryo …
Focus on Fertility
Embryo Adoption This week we are joined by program director, Kimberly Tyson, of Snowflakes Embryo Adoption. What is embryo adoption? Is it the right path for you? What are the processes involved? What are the costs? All of these questions …
94.1 The Voice
Live Morning Drive with Doug Hardy Doug is joined over the phone by Kimberly Tyson, Director of the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program at Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Nightlight is a national organization that facilitates domestic and international adoptions, foster-adoption, home studies, …
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 …
WVEC 13 News Now
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?
KMTV 3 News Now
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 …
The 405 Media
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.
KCTV Channel 5 News
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 …
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 …
Whittier Daily News
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.
An interesting perspective from Author Greg Maresca a freelance columnist living in Northumberland County.
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 …
A Central Texas dad with a special reason to celebrate the holiday is giving a different perspective to fatherhood.
Huffington Post Parent Voices
We are all familiar with the process of adopting children, but what about the idea of adopting embryos?
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 State Journal-Register
“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.”
Daily Mirror UK
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.
BBC Radio 4 London Woman’s Hour
Jane speaks to two couples who donated and ‘adopted’ embryos, and to US legal journalist Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza and bioethicist Lucy Frith of Liverpool University.
Mind Body Green
We have so many stories to share, and yet fertility struggles happen in private because—let’s be real—it’s painful.
Reuters Health News
In a new study, British researchers got a sneak peak at what members of these ultramodern families might experience.
Katu 2 On Your Side
The Gassman family looked to embryo adoption as a way to grow their family. Watch the interview with Dan and Kellie to hear about their experience and why they chose this option.
Rebecca Henderson is best friends with the woman raising her children.
OCR Family Magazine
After losing one of their kids to a disease and having a 1 in 4 chance of having another child with SMA, the Cannon family turned to embryo adoption as an alternative option.
First Coast News
Every family has a story, and the Hobbs’ story includes 2 hopeful chapters about embryo adoption.
Belly Itch Blog
Families are choosing to put their embryos up for adoption to give them a chance at life.
Tens of thousands of U.S. fertility treatments have resulted in a multitude of frozen embryos. Mothers must decide if they use them or lose them
The Best of Loveland
The Snowflakes program is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the birth of the 500th Snowflake baby!
After being frozen for 18 years, this ‘snowflake’ baby was donated to a family in Colorado.
Meet the baby girl who spent over 17 years as a frozen embryo
After 17 years as a frozen embryo, Marley Jade has made a Denver family extremely happy.
The Washington Post
Read about one parent’s decision regarding her remaining embryos in this article published in The Washington Post.
Answers Magazine recently featured our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program in its October-December 2016 issue!
Frisco Style Magazine
Check out this article by Frisco Style Magazine that mentions our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program!
Fox News Health
After 13 years of struggling with infertility, Mike and Michelle welcomed their first daughter to the family through embryo adoption. Now, they’re expecting another in January 2017.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ricky and Angela Pease wanted to be parents, but couldn’t have children of their own. The couple discovered embryo adoption, and have two sons because of it!
Aaron and Jennifer Wilson struggled with infertility, and discovered that they could adopt embryos to help build their family.
Popularity of embryo adoption has double in the last 10 years, and BBC News recently published a story about Americans that adopt other people’s embryos.
Law of Attraction TV
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.
Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk: Parts 1 and 2
James and Kristy Bove struggle with infertility for years before becoming parents to twins through embryo adoption. Hear their story in this interview from Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.
NBC 3 Sacramento
The Granados and Taylor families are connected by two year old Abel. Learn about both families and how Abel came to be in this story!
Did you know that women over the age of 44 have less than a 4% chance of having a baby successfully through IVF? With a donor embryo, their chances jump to 50-50.
4word Women: Kelli Gassman
Read Kelli Gassman’s story in the second of a three-part blog series by 4word Women – “A Unique Journey to Motherhood.”
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Mike and Christy Trabun built their family with the help of embryo adoption. Learn more about their story here!
4word Women: Rebecca Henderson
Read Rebecca Henderson’s story in the first of a three-part blog series by 4word Women – “Giving the Gift of Motherhood.”
This article by Vox explores embryo donation and adoption in details and discusses why more people are trying to get pregnant with donated frozen embryos
Dan and Jamie Felice struggled for years trying to build their family. As they started to explore traditional adoption, Jamie stumbled across our Snowflakes program.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
The Washington Post
Read about the Halbert family, who adopted two embryos through embryo adoption, and now has three new, beautiful babies because of it!
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.
NBC 6 Omaha
The Wells’ always knew they wanted children – they just didn’t know how. After adopting one son through international adoption, the couple discovered embryo adoption.
The Daily Times
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!
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.
Each year, thousands of babies are born from IVF embryos. However, the process of in vitro fertilization often create more embryos than any couple can use to build their family.
CW 33 Dallas
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.
Arizona Daily Star
Everything changed for the Erikssons when they discovered embryo adoption and finally got to see a positive pregnancy test.
New York Times
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.
Embryo donation and adoption is relatively new, and somewhat complicated, but it gives couples a chance at building a family and embryos a chance at life.
NPR: The New Frontier of Embryo ‘Adoption’
NPR host, Arun Rath, interviews Daniela Hernandez about a recent story she wrote for Fusion.
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 …
CBS 11 Dallas-Fort Worth
Two families in Dallas, Texas talk about their experience with embryo donation and adoption.
Over the years, embryo adoption has touched the lives of thousands of families. This story from Fox News highlights two families in particular, the Trabuns and Gassmans.
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.
NBC 2 Houston
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.
You Get the Blessing
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.
CBC News Manitoba
Nearly one in six prospective parents in Canada struggles with infertility, and most of them aren’t aware of a legal, if unusual option available.
A recent series of People.com articles highlighting embryo adoption has lead to more news on the topic. Yahoo Parenting highlighted pieces of the series, and did some research of their own.
The Early Show
One family’s dilemma can sometimes be another family’s solution. Such is often the case with embryo adoption as shown in a story on The Early Show on CBS.
Can embryos frozen for over 19 years lead to a happy, healthy baby? Time.com recently helped to answer the question, educating readers about embryo adoption in the process.
The Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil McGraw has never shied away from helping families in difficult situation. When working with a couple caught in the middle of an adoption scam, Dr. Phil turned to Nightlight for help.
The Katie Show
The Big Conversation of ‘The Katie Show’ recently featured Snowflakes and the amazing story of an infertile couple who built their family with the help of embryo adoption.
ABC | Good Morning America
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.
CBS National News
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.
Recently a black family shared their story about their decision to donate their embryos to another family on Hello Beautiful online.
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
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.
CBS 4 Denver
Stories of how embryo adoption has changed lives are popping up all over the country including Colorado as a local family recently shared their inspirational journey with CBS 4 in Denver.
Family Talk Radio
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.
Pacific Standard Magazine
Embryo adoption is growing in popularity, as it gives parents the experience of carrying a child to term.
Al Jazeera America
“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.