The Gift of Life.




The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) understands your desire to have a family, possibly through embryo adoption. So we’re here to help!

When couples go through in vitro fertilization (IVF), sometimes there are fertilized eggs (embryos) that remain and are frozen for later use. When couples decide that their family is complete but still have embryos remaining, there are a few options. They can donate them to a couple who is unable to conceive. Couples can donate the embryos to research. Or they can thaw them, removing their chance of being born. A fourth option is to keep them frozen and continue to pay storage fees, but this is not a decision!

Embryo adoption allows the genetic parents to give their embryos a chance for birth. And it provides you with an opportunity to have children. Embryo adoption allows you to experience pregnancy and the birth of a child. Check out the list of FAQs below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step?

Why choose embryo adoption?

Why choose the NEDC?

During the selection process, can I obtain the grades (quality) of the embryos I am choosing?

Who can adopt?

Can I adopt embryos of a different ethnicity?

Can I adopt embryos with known potential for genetic or other abnormalities?

Can I select the sex of the embryo or embryos I adopt?

Will we need to travel?

Are there lodging accommodations nearby?

How long does it take?

Acupuncture has been part of my infertility treatment. Is that service available near the NEDC?

Why is screening necessary?

Will the genetic parents know our or the child’s identity?

Is this really adoption?

Can genetic parents change their minds and get the child?

Can embryo adoption lead to infections in the mother?

Is embryo adoption associated with birth defects?

What are my chances for a successful pregnancy?

How many embryos will be transferred to my uterus?

Is there a chance for multiple births?

How many attempts can I have to become pregnant?

What are the costs?

Adoption Resources

We know this can be an exciting time and you probably have a lot of questions about the embryo adoption process. We’ve compiled some helpful resources here for your benefit but, if you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 865-777-2013 or call toll free at 866-585-8549.

Instructions For Embryo Recipient Letter To Donors

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Flourish Consulting Services LLC Fee Summary

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Apply for Adoption

We understand your desire to complete your family, and embryo adoption allows you an adoption alternative to experience pregnancy and childbirth.

Apply for Donation

This is your chance to give life and hope to another family! Thank you for valuing these precious lives. Begin filling out the NEDC application to donate embryos.

Partner Organization

National Embryo Donation Center
10700 Virginia Pine Way Ste# 202 Knoxville
TN 37932

Phone: 865-777-2013
Fax: 865-777-2016
Toll-Free: 866-585-8549

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