Tina Van Egeren, RN is a Donor Coordinator at Aurora Baycare Medical center.

“My role as the donor coordinator is I work closely with the physician and the patients to assist them throughout the whole process, but also talking to the agency that they’re working with to ensure that those embryos have met that quality,” Van Egeren explained.

Those embryos are donated to embryo adoption agencies by couples who have undergone In Vitro Fertilization but do not plan on using them.

“They created embryos during the IVF process and maybe their families are complete,” Van Egeren said, “and they look forward to this option to donate their embryos.”

The hospital works together with interested couples and the adoption agency to match those donated embryos to adoptive families.

“Couples that are looking to either start a family, complete their family, [or] continue growing their family have this option to adopt their embryos,” Van Egeren said.

Once all legal requirements are met, embryos are transferred to the clinic and are transferred into the uterus of the adoptive mother.

This process is the biggest difference between traditional adoption and embryo adoption.

“You have the chance to experience pregnancy and [the] birth of your child,” Van Egeren said.

For parental hopefuls, it’s another option.

“Maybe they feel discouraged because of their current treatment, or they have not reached the success they’re looking for so far and this just gives them another opportunity or hope for pregnancy,” Van Egeren said.

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