The birth of Tristan Burner, in February 2009, was quite remarkable. Not only was he a miracle to his parents, Steve and Debbie, but his entrance to the world was newsworthy because he was the 100th child born through the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC).
The 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 is usually an excess of fertilized eggs (embryos) that are cryopreserved - frozen and stored for later use.
It is estimated that 500,000 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 Association.
To learn more about embryo adoption, visit http://www.embryoconnection.org/ or call 1-866-585-8549.
National Embryo Donation Center http://www.embryodonation.org/