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Thanks for checking out the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC)! Feel free to click around our website to see if embryo donation is right for you. First, though, here’s a quick look at what we do.

Now in its fourth decade, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproduction technologies (ART) have been the answer to many family’s baby prayers; however, this success has created a surplus of cryopreserved human embryos (fertilized eggs) estimated at well over 625,000 in the United States. Many frozen embryos are stored for future use by biological parents, but, when they have completed their family, they must decide what to do with their remaining embryos. Donating those embryos to another infertile couple is an increasingly popular option that benefits both the genetic family and the recipient family.

Embryo donation, sometimes called embryo adoption, offers embryos the potential of life and allows the recipient mother to carry her adopted child, as well as control the prenatal environment.

While embryo donation is not for everyone, it can be an opportunity for many who have given up hope of ever raising a child. With operations in the Knoxville, Tennessee and Milwaukee, Wisconsin areas, the National Embryo Donation Center is the only non-profit, medically directed organization assisting both embryo donors and recipients. Considering embryo donation or adoption is a big decision that has both emotional and financial concerns. We invite you to browse our website and find answers to many of the questions you may have.


The National Embryo Donation Academy exists to educate you on the legal, medical, social work and bioethical areas of embryo donation and adoption. Learn more about the Academy and register today!

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Do you want more personal information embryo donation and adoption? Read blogs from NEDC families who have walked through this journey.

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Training Wheels

How do you tell your children about their unique adoption, or should you? The Training Wheels book will help satisfy your child’s curiosity about where they came from and reinforce your love for them.

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Embryo Donation & Adoption

NEDC experts and professional peers explain the concept of Embryo Donation, and couples who have taken advantage of the process explain why it was the best choice for them.

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