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About the National Embryo Donation Center...

The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the lives and dignity of human embryos by promoting, facilitating and educating about embryo donation and adoption.

When couples go through fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization, there are usually some remaining fertilized eggs (embryos) that are cryopreserved - frozen and stored for later use.

It is estimated that over 600,000 human embryos are currently in cryopreservation in the United States. When the genetic parents decide that their family is complete and embryos are still available, they are faced with a dilemma: donating their embryos to research, thawing them and letting them die, or donating them to a couple who is unable to conceive. Many believe that embryo donation and adoption is the most life-honoring solution to this difficult choice.

The NEDC handles the medical, legal and social requirements of embryo donation. The Center offers a variety of placement options for couples considering donation of their cryopreserved embryos and also provides counseling for both donors and recipients. The NEDC is endorsed by the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA).

From 2004 to 2010, the NEDC has performed 411 embryo transfers. As of December, 2010, there were 207 pregnancies with a total of 264 infants born. The NEDC pregnancy rate calculated by Ultrasound w/ Sac is 54.3% with a live birth rate of 47.4% per embryo transfer.

The National Embryo Donation Center Leadership

Jeffrey KeenanDr. Jeffrey Keenan, a highly respected specialist in infertility and reproductive medicine, leads the NEDC team. He is the Center's medical director and a fertility specialist at the Southeastern Fertility Center in Knoxville, TN. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynocology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Keenan is a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and is director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has been in practice since 1990 and has performed innumerable fertility procedures with outstanding success rates.