|Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption
are similar concepts, and
sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. Both
refer to the
giving and receiving of fertilized eggs (embryos)
that are created during an In Vitro Fertilization
During the process of IVF more embryos may be created than will be used. Once the individuals involved have determined that they will not use the additional embryos themselves, they are faced with the challenge of what to do with them. Their options, depending on their state of residence and the policies of the clinic used, are to:
|How can Miracles Waiting help those
interested in receiving embryos?
Miracles Waiting does not turn anyone down because of race, age, marital status, sexual preferences, or religion. We feel that such requirements are the concern of those donating and receiving embryos in accordance with their own preferences, circumstances and beliefs, and should not be determined by this organization. We offer embryo donors and recipients the opportunity to find each other, but we allow them the freedom to work out the details of their embryo donation on their own terms. We have been very successful in this endeavor and have made dozens of matches, many of which have resulted in pregnancies.
Please understand while we try to give prompt attention to your questions and concerns. We appreciate your patience and we ask that you please read through all of the information on our website, as it is very informative. Please understand that we are NOT a clinic. We do NOT select recipients or donors, and we don't do embryo transfers ourselves. What we can do is help you post a profile or respond to those posted, so that you can make a match and be able to donate or receive embryos. After that, you will need to contact your fertility clinic to determine how to proceed.
Posting/responding to profiles
Miracles Waiting, charges recipients an one time fee of $150 to post a profile and to gain access to our database and be able to contact (or be contacted by) potential donors. There is no charge for donors wishing to post a profile or to browse the profiles of recipients. 100% of the money you'll spend for membership is used to advertise for donors and maintain the website. We do ask that if you are successful in making a match to please let us know.
To post a profile with us you will first need to subscribe for membership. To subscribe please follow the link "Membership Subscription" under the "Registered User Menu" after you are logged in at the site. You will need to follow the "Membership Subscription" link and subscribe with the "Recipient Membership" level. After you get through the membership process you will gain access to our listings and be able to post a profile and/or contact donors and also will gain access to our forums.
The Donation Process Itself
After a match is made through our site, the donor and recipient usually have their clinics handle the shipping of the embryos, the transfer, etc. We have found that most of the larger clinics in the U.S. have experience with embryo donation. They will sometimes refer to this situation as a "known donation" since you and the donor will have some knowledge and information about each other. Each clinic will have a different policy regarding known donations, so be sure to talk to your doctor about this. You will also want to ask them about fees and other important aspects of the process.
General Costs Associated with Embryo Donation for the Recipient
As with most medical procedures, costs will vary depending on the individual patient, clinic used, and insurance coverage (if any). Some common costs are given below for informational purposes. Please keep in mind that they vary greatly from clinic to clinic, and the following information is merely garnered from our own experience and not intended to be comprehensive:
In some states, it is also legal to reimburse the donor for embryo storage expenses. We strongly advise you to check with an attorney familiar with the embryo donation laws in your state before doing this, however. Also, please know that in all states it is illegal to pay for the embryos themselves!
Again, we ask that you read the information on this website to learn more. We have spent many hours compiling it for you.To learn more about the process of embryo donation please visit this link:
http://miracleswaiting.org/understanding.html and if you have any questions please Contact Us.