Thursday, December 15, 2011
File this post in things I know with my brain but never really connected with. Let's talk IVF. Families that undergo IVF, harvest eggs, fertilize them and then implant some fertilized eggs...the rest of the fertilized eggs go into the freezer for future IVF attempts or just go in the freezer. Apparently there are 500,000 frozen embryos in the US. OK...I am a doctor and that is medicine.
Tonight I was looking around at some adoption stuff for a friend at work who is just starting to consider adoption. I was perusing Nightlight's webpage because they have acquired the agency in Lexington that we did our homestudy with. I had never thought about embryo adoption. Tonight I read the page on it because it might be an option for my friend. I am reading through it...with the brain of a doctor...then I get to this picture....snowflake #208. A year ago this was a 48 hour old cluster of cells in a freezer...just sitting in a freezer indefinitely.