Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What God Meant

What God Meant
Author Unknown

What do I think God meant when He gave me infertility?

I think He meant for my husband and I to grow closer, become stronger, love deeper.

I think God meant for us to find the fortitude within ourselves to get up every time infertility knocks us down.

I think God meant for our medical community to discover medicines, invent medical equipment, create procedures and protocols.

I think God meant for us to find a cure for fertility.

No, God never meant for me to not have children.

That's not my destiny; that's just a fork in the road I'm on.

I've been placed on the road less traveled, and like it or not, I'm a better person for it.

Clearly, God meant for me to develop more compassion, deeper courage, and greater inner strength on this journey to resolution, and I haven't let Him down.

Frankly, if the truth be known, I think God singled me out for special treatment.

I think God meant for me to build a thirst for a child so strong and so deep that when that baby is finally placed in my arms, it will be the longest, coolest, most refreshing drink I've ever known.

While I would never have chosen infertility, I cannot deny that a fertile woman could ever experience the joy that I know awaits me.

Yes, one way or another, I will have a baby of my own.

And the next time someone wants to offer me unsolicited advice, I'll say, "Don't tell me what God meant when He handed me infertility. I already know."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Frozen embryos thawed for KC families - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City

A Kansas City Reporter inspired by Country Jen's family did this story on embryo adoption!

Our Blog is featured at the bottom of the web article! HOW EXCITING!

Please take a moment to watch the video!

Frozen embryos thawed for KC families - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who Is The "Real" Biological Mother of Adopted Embryos???

Here is a older blog post from City Jen's Family Blog:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Will I be The Biological Mother of my Babies???

I have wondered quite a bit about this as I am carrying babies who were created from genetic material completely different from mine. While "playing" on the internet today- against doctors' orders and husband's-lol- I came across a very interesting blog: http://tpvedo.blogspot.com/. The post of complete interest to me was from July 20, 2009. The title is: Women Who give Birth To Egg Donor Babies Are Biological Moms.

Freedom Pharmacy published this great booklet about egg donation -- here an excerpt:

“Perhaps the greatest myth surrounds pregnancy. Many believe the uterus is simply an incubator. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most important aspect of all pregnancies- including egg donation pregnancies- is that as the fetus grows, every cell in the developing body is built out of the pregnant mother’s body. Tissue from her uterine lining will contribute to the formation of the placenta, which will link her and her child. The fetus will use her body’s protein, then she will replace it. The fetus uses her sugars, calcium, nitrates, and fluids, and she will replace them. So, if you think of your dream child as your dream house, the genes provide merely a basic blueprint, the biological mother takes care of all the materials and construction, from the foundation right on up to the light fixtures. So, although her husband’s aunt Sara or the donor’s grandfather may have genetically programmed the shape of the new baby’s earlobe, the earlobe itself is the pregnant woman’s “flesh and blood.” That means the earlobe, along with the baby herself, grew from the recipient’s body. That is why she is the child’s biological mother. That is why this child is her biological child.”

I really like the way this sums it all up!!! The post also discusses the role of nature in a child's development which I found fascinating as well. Please let me know what you think!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Looking For Guest Bloggers!!!

We would like to highlight
Embryo Adoption/Donation Blogs
on Our Blog and on Our FaceBook Page.

We are looking for Embryo Donors AND Recipients!!!

If You Would Like For Us To Highlight Your Blog, Please Leave A Comment...

Also, If You Have Not Joined Us On FaceBook or Added Photos, Please Do So...

The Many Faces of

Embryo Adoption


Friday, November 5, 2010

Our Facebook Page: Please Join Us!!!

500,000+ Embryos are Frozen In Time...
There are MANY Waiting Wombs...
Help Us Spread The Word On Facebook...


The Many Faces of

Embryo Adoption



We want to literally put a "Face" on Embryos
and honor each Embryo
as the Miracle of Life that it is from Conception to Heaven.


Please "LIKE"
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Feel free to post your photos in the Albums:

In remembrance and memorial of all embryos in Heaven.

Growing Bellies

Birth Announcements

Our embryo babies then and now!

Join in spreading the word about
Embryo Adoption and Donation...


This Page is for Donors and Recipients...

We appreciate ALL of your suggestions and ideas...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Please Vote For Sarah and Anna

City Jen's Miracle Twins Adopted As Embryos!!!



You can vote back to back up to 10 times a day!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Questions for Giuliana and Bill Rancic???

Please submit your questions by Tuesday night
as I will forward them to the Rancic's on Wednesday morning!!!

I am looking forward to sharing their replies!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Special Opportunity Just For Our READERS!!!!

We have been contacted on behalf of Fertility LifeLines™ and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, asking us to join an initiative empowering couples to speak openly if they’re having trouble getting pregnant. We immediately responded that we are extremely interested in working together to reduce the stigma surrounding infertility by sharing this information with 3 Babes, 2 Jens, 1 Cause- Embryo Adoption readers.

News anchor Giuliana Rancic and her husband, entrepreneur and The Apprentice season one winner Bill Rancic, are no strangers to this difficulty and are urging couples to communicate about fertility issues with a fertility specialist. They are collaborating with RESOLVE and Fertility LifeLines™ in order to stress this fact and help couples who may be experiencing or may experience issues in the future.

A few things Giuliana and Bill want couples to keep in mind:

•See a fertility specialist as soon as possible to get evaluated, learn about fertility and determine potential treatment options.

•If you’re under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year or more, or are over the age of 35 and have been trying for six months, see a fertility specialist now in order to potentially reduce the chance of frustration later.

Want to see what Giuliana and Bill are saying first hand? Click here for their special online public service announcement. This online public service announcement and Fertility LifeLines™are provided by EMD Serono, Inc.

For more information about patient resources, visit http://www.resolve.org/.

Resolve's information pages about Embryo Adoption/Donation are located here.

Resolve also has a website specifically regarding Embryo Adoption/Donation @ www.MyDestinationFamily.org.


Now, for the Special Opportunity...

Do you have any questions for Giuliana and Bill???

Please leave a comment with your questions,

we will forward 5-7 questions to the Rancic's,

and we will post their answers soon!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Baby Born From Embryo Frozen For 20 Years

Another Embryo Adoption MIRACLE!!!!

Baby Born From Embryo Frozen For 20 Years

Updated: Sunday, 10 Oct 2010, 8:32 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 10 Oct 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

(NewsCore) - A healthy baby boy was born from an embryo frozen for almost 20 years in what was hailed Sunday as scientific breakthrough that could allow women to start families much later in life.

The infant's mother, who is 42, underwent infertility treatment for 10 years before she was given the embryo last year. She gave birth to a baby boy in May this year.

News of the birth, reported in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, comes as British lawmakers extend the period that embryos can be stored for up to 55 years.

The baby boy was born from a batch of five embryos frozen in 1990 in the U.S. by a couple who no longer needed them after they conceived their own child through IVF treatment.

That means the two children are siblings although born 20 years apart.

The woman's doctor, Sergio Oehninger, director of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at the Eastern Virginia medical school said, "She has been going through treatment for a long time. She was a patient here in 2000. She was a persistent lady."

The previous record was a baby boy born to a Spanish woman after having been frozen as an embryo for 13 years.

The success story gives hope to single women who want to postpone having children until they find a suitable partner or women who want to delay conceiving for health reasons. Critics argue the techniques could lead to an increase in elderly mothers.

City Jen adds: Actually, there is a Mom in the US who gave birth to twins in 2009 who were previously thawed, and refrozen for a total of 13.5 years!!!!

Click here the link to our post regarding this embryo adoption birth...


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Anonymous Embryo Donation Program in CA with GUARANTEE!!!

This is the first I have read of a program with a guarantee of pregnancy with refund after 3 transfers if a pregnancy does not reach 12 weeks for $9,800!!! You can also choose the program without a guarantee for $6,800.

This price does NOT include required testing for the recipient couple or medications...

Please visit California Conceptions Donated Embryo Program for more details!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Welcome Everyone!!!!

We are just 2 simple Jens brought together through the miracle of embryo adoption.

City Jen gave birth to her miracle twin daughters in January, 2010. City Jen has adopted 5 children after birth & 2 children adopted as embryos.

Country Jen gave birth to her miracle baby girl on June 14, 2010. Country Jen has 1 birth daughter, 6 adopted children & one child adopted as an embryo.

Between the 2 Jens, we have 15 children, 14 of which are adopted. Most of which we have an open adoption arrangement with the birth families.

Our goal is to help educate, encourage & give free advice both solicited and unsolicited on the miracle of embryo adoption.

Feel free to email either of us @ 3Babes2Jens1Cause@gmail.com.

Please visit City Jen's Family Blog: Jen's Seven From Heaven

City Jen's Girls who were adopted as embryos:
Sarah and Anna


Please visit Country Jen's Embryo Adoption Blog: Womb For One More

Country Jen and Blakely

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Our Donor Families...

We want to thank you with all our hearts for the completely selfless act of giving us the opportunity for our dreams to come true!!!

For this, we will always be grateful!!!

Please know that your families are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

To read more about Country Jen's Embryo Adoption Miracle,
please visit: Womb For 1 More


To read more about City Jen's Embryo Adoption Miracles,
please visit: Jen's Seven From Heaven
Sarah and Anna born 1-8-10

We are here to support each family that is at any stage of the Embryo Adoption/Donation Journey.

Please email us @ 3Babes2Jens1Cause@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We SURVIVED!!

ALL 14 of our sweet ones together! WE DID IT!
Will blog more later after rest-HA!

Monday, August 2, 2010

2 Jens and 14 kids MERGE!!!

Tomorrow... This family of 7 kids



and this family of 7 kids ...

Will be meeting under ONE ROOF at Country Jen's FARM!


CITY JEN AND COUNTRY JENwill
be meeting IN PERSON for the first time as the 2 Jen's and 14 kids MERGE under 1 roof for a few days!



14 YUNG UNS ages 12 and under UNDER ONE ROOF!


We are SO EXCITED for our kids to meet ESPECIALLY our 3 girls we were blessed with through embryo adoption!
BUT SUPER EXCITED TO ALSO HUG AND MEET EACH OTHER!

YES, WE ARE NUTS!



Will report later IF we live through it :)

WE CAN'T WAIT to share pictures with you of our adventure!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

City Jen's OB/Gyn's new clinic is in Newsweek!!!


Embryo Adoption Program Update: We decided on a name and mission tonight- I think EVERYONE'S comments and suggestions were addressed positively and will be appropriately included!!!! Thanks SO, SO much!!! Last call for ideas and suggestions...

I AM SO EXCITED!!!! As soon as the name is secured, I'll post it!!!

Hugs to ALL!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fertility Grant for Embryo Adoption Recepients in North Carolina

If you live in North Carolina, check out this Play It Forward link for details about the grant.

The deadline is October 1, 2010.

Best of Luck!!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

NEW Embryo Donation & Adoption Forum!!!!

Special thanks the mom who is blessed with a child through the miracle of Embryo Adoption AND took her personal time to create a forum for all who are interested in any and all aspects of Embryo Adoption and Donation.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only Embryo Adoption & Donation Forum which is COMPLETELY run by volunteer moms blessed with children through the miracle of Embryo Adoption/Donation without sponsorship from a specific embryo program or the federal government.

Please take a moment to stop by Embryo Donation & Adoption Forum, sign up, and introduce yourself.

Word of mouth is the BEST way to get as many of the 500,000 babies out of the freezers as soon as possible!!!

Hugs!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Embryo Adoption Program Opening SOON!!!

I am THRILLED to announce that I will be working with Fertility Partnership to create a Not For Profit Embryo Adoption Program.

Our goal is to create an affordable Embryo Adoption Program that will be available for everyone, regardless of race, religion, and income.

Another goal is to create a program that meets the various needs of both Embryo Donors and Recipients. This is where I need your help...

I would LOVE to have everyone who has had experience with Embryo Adoption or hopes to experience Embryo Adoption email me their suggestions and ideas, pros and cons of the different programs currently available, etc.

Please help me create the "perfect" Embryo Adoption Program!!!

Feel free to share this post with everyone who would be interested in sharing suggestions with me.

Thanks so much for your help and support!!!

City Jen
JensAdoptionBlessings@gmail.com

Saturday, May 22, 2010

365 Days Post Frozen Embryo Adoption Transfer


Sarah and Anna on May 21, 2009

Sarah and Anna on May 21, 2010

What A Difference JUST 1 Year Makes...

God is GREAT!!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

City Jen's New Blog...

To celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of City Jen's Embryo Adoption Transfer, City Jen started a new blog. This blog will focus on her family blessings of seven adopted children.

City Jen hopes to encourage other families to never give up on their dreams!!! When God closes a door, look for a window... just be prepared for possible "Hell" in the hallway... The "hallway" just makes life more interesting and builds character...

City Jen's reoccurring motto in life is, "That with which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger..."

I hope you stop by soon!!!

Hugs!!!
City Jen
www.Jens7FromHeaven.Blogspot.com

Monday, April 12, 2010

City Jen's Latest Article

City Jen chose to remove this article in hopes that the final quote will one day be reality:

"I'm praying that at the end of the day, we can mend our fences,"
Jen said.
"I'm willing to forgive and forget."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Embryo Adoption/Donation Program-CANADA!

Access to Thousands of Frozen Human Embryos now Possible Through Canada's First Open Embryo Donation Program
HAMILTON, ON, April 9 /CNW/ - Canada's first open embryo donation program has been launched by Beginnings Family Services, a not-for-profit registered charity providing compassionate pregnancy support services, infertility counseling, and adoption services to clients since 1985.

"Embryo donation addresses a major dilemma for many Canadians who have completed in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments," says Beginnings Executive Director, Kerry Vandergrift.

IVF has resulted in thousands of unused frozen embryos remaining stored in fertility clinics across Canada. Couples completing IVF treatment are faced with a dilemma - what to do with their remaining embryos. Until now, options were limited to having their embryos destroyed, leaving the embryos stored indefinitely, or donating their embryos for medical research.

"Now there's another option," says Ms Vandergrift. "Beginnings has launched an Embryo Donation Program giving couples the opportunity to donate their remaining embryos to infertile couples hoping to become parents. This altruistic donation offers embryos a chance for life, and hope for thousands of infertile Canadians.

Embryo donation is not adoption or surrogacy. The couple donating the embryo selects the recipient couple. The recipient female carries the embryo to term and becomes the delivered child's birth mother. Importantly, the Beginnings Embryo Donation Program is based on 'openness' which involves ongoing communication and contact between the donor parents and the recipients, including the child.

Beginnings believes openness is most beneficial for the child. Ms Vandergrift explains, "An open approach allows the children to maintain a relationship with people important in their lives. Parents and children have access to information regarding the child's cultural and genetic origins, as well as to any siblings they may have from the donor family."


Beginnings provides professional services for the Embryo Donation Program including: registration, comprehensive recipient assessment reports and screening, openness education, profiles and posting, consultation and inter family meetings, referrals for legal advice and fertility clinic embryo transfer service, administration and follow-up, covenant agreements, and support over a lifetime for children and families across the country. Costs are comparable to or less than most domestic private adoptions and parallel the rigorous recipient screening process, education, consultation, preparation and support for on going open relationships. Beginnings offers financial assistance to those in need.
Potential donors and recipients may learn more about the Embryo Donation Program by visiting the Beginnings website at www.beginnings.ca.


For further information: Media Contact: Peter Reesor, Public Relations Consultant, Beginnings Family Services, Work: (905) 648-9967; Inquiries: Beginnings Family Services, (905) 528-6665, Toll Free: 1-877-528-6665, Cell: (905) 512-9655

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

City Jen in the News

City Jen's Latest Embryo Adoption Journey on CBS! Telling Jen's story and mentioning our BLOG!


Monday, March 22, 2010

City JEN-MAKES PRIMETIME TV!

CLICK HERE To see City Jen and her kids on the news ADVOCATING FOR EMBRYO ADOPTION!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcome To Our Blog!!!

We created this blog to share information with others about Embryo Adoption in hopes of getting the 500,000 babies who are Frozen In Time out of the freezers and into properly prepared wombs.

We are interested in helping Embryo Donors and Embryo Recipients. Embryo Adoption has brought so much joy to both of our families that we would LOVE to help your family experience it as well!!!

Both of the founders have first hand experience with Embryo Adoption. "City Jen" recently gave birth to her Miracle Twin Girls. "Country Jen" is currently 23 weeks pregnant with her Miracle Girl.

City Jen's
Embryo Adoption Story was front page news on Valentine's Day. Her family appeared on a local NBC Mom's Like Me prime time special on March 17, 2010.

Please let us know how we can help you along your Embryo Adoption Journey!!! Please feel free to leave us a comment or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Embryo Adoption T-SHIRT!!!

Here's my new maternity t-shirt that I designed at CUSTOMIZED GIRL I am both excited and a bit scared to wear it.
I know there will be lots of questions.
And I want to advocate for all those embies out there.
If you are an embryo adoption mom,
I encourage you to go design your own and raise awareness!
I love it!
What do you think?
Do you think people will think I am adopted (which I am)
OR that the bun in my oven is adopted?
IS IT CLEAR ENOUGH?

T-shirt-$27
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT EMBRYO ADOPTION...
PRICELESS
-COUNTRY JEN

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Embryo Adoption-donor perspective...

Please check out Jamie at STICKY FEET who is in the process of donating her embryos to another couple.

It is wonderful to read about this from the donors perspective.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Are Embryos JUST balls of cells???

Here is City Jen's response to one of the Embryo Adoption Yahoo Groups we follow:

Wow- what a busy couple of days of posts!!!

I personally believe that the two blasts that I was blessed with on 2-28-09 and had transferred on 5-21-09 were at the time of transfer and are now, as they sleep behind me, babies. They were never "balls of cells". If one or both of them would not have survived, I would have mourned the loss. If our donor parents decide to donate Sarah and Anna's remaining sibling embryos to science or let them thaw without a properly prepared womb to be transferred into, I will consider this murder.

Unfortunately, many disagree and the laws of today do not support my beliefs.

I believe this is why God has blessed my family with Sarah and Anna. Specifically to put a names and faces on what others believe are JUST "balls of cells".

I have promised God that I will do what I can to increase awareness regarding this and to help rescue as many babies out of the freezers as possible as I believe they ARE babies that are frozen in time.

This promise has led me to:
-co create this blog: http://3babes2jens1cause-embryoadoption.blogspot.com/
-respond as often as possible on embryo adoption/donation blogs and groups
-offer to be a speaker for any group about EA
-have this article written about our family: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/sciencemedicine/story/FA773A43C3167F37862576C90013FFF8?OpenDocument

-create our personal blog: http://jensadoptionblessings.blogspot.com/

AND...
-work with my Infertility Specialist to create a not for profit program that will NOT take advantage of recipients of embryos financially

All of this will continue to take time and energy away from our 7 adopted blessings, and this is how important I feel it is to get the word out about Embryo Adoption and show others that our girls are living proof that embryos are more than "balls of cells", they are babies in need of a properly prepared womb to grow in.

Please visit either blog to see photos of my angels from Heaven!!!

Hugs!!!
Jen

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Clinic's Info

Embryo Adoption at NCCRM Print E-mail
bab096lhMany people have considered adoption as a way to build their families. Whether you've exhausted your fertility treatments or you want to open your heart to raising a child that's not biologically yours, there are some options you may not have thought about.

In general, traditional adoption can cost anywhere from $5000 to $40,000, or more. Embryo adoption through NCCRM costs between $3000 and $5500 and you get to experience the bond of pregnancy and childbirth.

At NCCRM, we currently have embryos ready to be matched to couples who want to build their families. These embryos are cryopreserved and have been released to NCCRM by current and former NCCRM patients who have completed building their families but would like to help other couples who, for whatever reason, cannot use their own eggs and sperm. The pregnancy rates for embryo transfers is very good and the whole process is considerably more affordable and less complicated than traditional adoption. Also, with embryo adoption, you do not have to do a home study as is required by traditional adoption.

As a recipient couple of an embryo adoption, you also get to experience the miracle of pregnancy and the excitement of delivering a baby. In addition, you have confidence during your pregnancy because you would have the opportunity to make sure you are getting proper pre-natal care, good nutrition, exercise and rest.

The Process:
Adopting couples need to fill out an Embryo Adoption Application to help NCCRM's staff in the matching process. They should bring this application to their first consultation with our doctors.

  • Application - click here to download application
  • Initial Consultation
  • Saline Ultrsound
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Bloodwork, including HIV testing to be done close to embryo transfer
  • Matching done by NCCRM staff
  • Transfer of frozen embryos
  • Monitoring visits
  • Pregnancy test

Pricing for Embryo Adoption at NCCRM:

Monitoring Visits:
(Expect 2 to 3 visits)

  • Ultrasound $155 each
  • Ultrasound & E2 $225 each

Frozen Embryo Transfer:

  • Thawing of embryos $250
  • Prep of embryos for transfer $250
  • Embryo transfer $825

Other Charges:

  • Medical Screening - $600 - $1000
  • Patient Education Class - $65 per couple (Tuesdays -10:30 am & Thursdays 1:30 pm)
  • Psychological Evaluation - $250 (Mondays & Thursdays)
  • Saline Ultrasound and Endometrial Biopsy - $500 - $1500
  • Coordination Fee - $750
  • Pregnancy Test - $78
  • Medications - price varies and is paid directly to pharmacy


Approximate Total: $3950 - $5075
**Many insurance companies will pay for some of the diagnostic tests. Please speak with our financial department to determine your exact costs.**

City Jen's Embryo Adoption Story

Here is our story summarized by Nancy Cambria in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper on the front page, lead article for Sunday, February 14, 2010. For more details, please visit my personal blog: Jens' Adoption Blessings and review previous posts.

Anna is in the blue outfit and Sarah is in the pink.



Embryo adoption plants a complex family tree
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Friday, February 19, 2010

CNY Fertility Center-Embryo Donation Program

HOW EXCITING!

Please CLICK HERE & go to their website as their clinic has NEW EMBRYO DONOR PROFILES available to look at!

The following is quoted from CNY Fertility Centers web page-

"We are happy to announce that we now have new Embryo Donor Profiles available to view. You will need a password to view the details of the male and/or female profiles, although basic information is viewable without the password.

To obtain the password, please call the Syracuse Office at this toll free number 800.539.9870or send an email to Patricia Breh at pbreh@cnyfertility.com"

We hope this helps someone out!

CLICK HERE for clinics that offer embryo donation!

Show us YOUR LIFE-MINISTRY...

We are participating in SHOW US YOUR LIFE-Ministry at Kelly's Corner.

As we've said before, we BOTH promised one another and the good Lord that if our embryo adoptions "worked". We would advocate for the 400,000 embryos "FROZEN IN TIME" out there and waiting for a womb.

We would LOVE to help anyone with support through your embryo adoption journey whether you are just getting started, have had a loss, are pregnant, or are in the waiting stage.

We have both learned a TON through our journeys and have been able to lift each other up mentally and spiritually.

Please EMAIL US and let us know how we can help you. Whether it is just praying for you or trying to get you contacts for embryo adoption. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU....TO SERVE GOD AND YOU.

We would LOVE to have you experience the JOY we have experience in our 3 precious girls!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Costs & Types of Embryo Adoption/Donation

WHY WE CHOSE Embryo Adoption....Country Jen style...

Embryo adoption/donation IS NOT IVF. It is simply a frozen embryo transfer.

After much discussion and prayer, we decided that we did not want to create embryos that were not "ALL US" meaning either 1/2 DH+ 1/2 donor or 1/2 Me + 1/2 donor AND we did not want to be in the same predicament and create embryos only to have to decide where our "extra" embryos would go as we only desired ONE pregnancy.

Because of all these factors, we were led straight to embryo adoption.

Focus on the Family and many other Christian organizations support and encourage embryo adoption. It obviously didn't matter to The Captain or I whether it was our biological child or not-we were actually thrilled that this child would be adopted just like our 6 littles! Many couples agonize over what to do with their remaining embryos after IVF. There are 3 choices. Donate them to another couple, destroy them or donate them for research.We started doing research and found that embryo adoption can cost anywhere from $3,000 up to $20,000.

There are basically 4 ways I know of to do embryo adoption. I will list them from most expensive to least expensive.

You can adopt your embryos through an agency like Snowflakes which is the most expensive way but they are experienced and pioneered embryo adoption. You can choose either open or closed adoptions. Home study required. $12,000-$16,000. According to Snowflakes website as of 2-15-10, their program fee is $8,000. Additional costs include your home study fee and frozen embryo transfer fees estimated at $4,000-$8,000 for a total of $12,000-$16,000.

You can go through NEDC (National Embryo Donation Center). You must travel to their clinic in Tennessee twice once before your transfer and once for the transfer and get your home study through Bethany Christian Services. Total Cost $4600-$7,000 with an extra $3,000 if you want an open adoption.

You can go through an infertility clinics anonymous donation program. Fees from $3,000++ No home study required. Click here for clinics that offer embryo adoption.

Miracles Waiting. Which is what we both Jen's did. For $150-you post a profile and perspective donors read through and email you if they are interested. Some donors are also listed and you can contact them. Although we got chosen in just 9 days-many people wait over a year or more. Our cost $3800

I hope this helps to clarify the costs of some of this. It is all in how God leads your family. ALL EMBRYOS ARE LIFE so no matter which way you go, you are saving a life!

Country Jens Embryo Adoption Journey..

COUNTRY JEN'S Embryo Adoption Journey at a glance....

1990-DD born no complications

2002-Married DH & with my endo we went straight to RE & found zero sperm and adopted our 6 children


March 2009-decide to give TTC one last shot!

April 2009-DH testicular biposy

May 2009-DH azoospermia decide to move to Embryo Adoption


May 2009-discouraged & decided NOT to go with NEDC-can't get in til Feb 2010


May 2009-LMP start continuous BCP's


June 6, 2009-Signed up with Miracles Waiting


June 15, 2009-MATHCED! In just 9 days! With our 6 embies through MW GOD IS GOOD!


June 16, 2009-Phone consult with new RE

June 20, 2009-Donors consult with our RE


June 24, 2009-Saline ultarsound-GREAT UTERUS but 2 cysts on left ovary


July 7, 2009-started bi-weekly acupunctureJuly 16, 2009-LAST BCP!!!

July 17, 2009-Meds deliveredJuly 21, 2009-First U/S, blood work and delestrogen shot

July 28, 2009-2nd U/S looks perfect-9mm lining and trilamenar. POSSIBLE hydrosalpinx found. If hydrosalpinx-pregnancy decreases by 50%.


July 29, 2009-Up to .3 delestrogen injection.

August 4, 2009-U/S-hydrosalpinx increased in size

August 6, 2009-FET cycle cancelled until after surgery to remove left fallopian tube


August 10, 2009-surgery to remove "jacked up" fallopian tube.


September 6, 2009-AF ARRIVES!September 24-baseline u/s lab


September 25-last BCP


September 29 & October 2-.2 delestrogen


October 5-u/s lab 8mm lining estrogen 392

October 6 & 9- .25 delestrogenOctober 12-u/s lab 9.2mm lining progesterone 0.2


October 16-repeat u/s 12mm lining progesterone 0.4


Oct0ber 13 & 16-delestrogen


October 17- add 1 cc progesterone injection, docycycline, medrol, baby aspirin


October 18-2cc progesterone for the duration


OCTOBER 22, 2009-FET of 1 5AAA hatching blast and 1 4AAA expanded blast.


OCTOBER 27, 2009-first beta 14! I'm PREGNANT! EDD- July 10, 2010


November 2nd-2nd BETA 196!


November 4th-3rd BETA 331!


November 6th-4th BETA 920!!


November 16th-1st ultrasound-1 PERFECT HEART BEAT Seen & HEARD!


Total Cost $3,800

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Our Friendship Began...

It all began with Country Jen's profound comment, "Wow-fun times!" left on my blog, JensAdoptionBlessings@Blogspot.com the fateful morning of April 27, 2009.

A few comments on my blog later, on May 13, 2009, I emailed Country Jen:

Hi,

Thanks so much for all of your comments. I would love to hear your story. Do you really have 7 blessings? I just LOVE your email address!!! My husband keeps trying to tell me his quiver is full, but he has been saying that as we added the last 3 lights of his life, so I do not put much faith in his comments-lol!!! I did ask God to make this a bit easier on me by softening his heart. That request did seem to work- Friends do tell me that there is a time when your hearts are full, so I am trusting that I will reach that point, probably after I deliver a baby or two.

Hope to hear from you soon!!!

Jen

After reading Country Jen's blog, I was so impressed that she had adopted six children- each whom was exposed to drugs before birth. I knew she was someone very special that I would like to get to know better.

Before long, we were emailing each other and talking on the phone all of the time. WE TALK EVERY DAY NOW & we both panic if we can't reach each other.

In fact, she was one of the first three people I called after finding out our Embryo Adoption Transfer was successful with BOTH embryos implanting and growing!!!


We both PROMISED and Vowed to one another and to God, that if our babies implanted, we would become the voice for the 400,000+ frozen embryos still waiting for a womb to call their own. Our dream is to advocate, tell our story and the world of the miracle of embryo adoption!


And the rest is history!!!!