User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Adopting An Embryo

November 13, 2008, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Adopting An Embryo
Families can try for years to conceive a child naturally...and when that doesn't work, in vitro fertilization is often an option.

But it isn't a cure for infertility and is why many families turn to adoption.
Yet for a couple who wants to experience a pregnancy and the birth of a child...there is still one option left: adopting an embryo. 

For nearly two years, the Van Maanens tried to get pregnant. But a genetic condition meant they would never conceive on their own and in vitro would also not be an option. But having a child who was not genetically theirs was possible. 

They had already begun to discuss traditional adoption when their doctor mentioned a procedure they had never heard of: adopting an embryo from a family who used in vitro fertilization and had additional frozen embryos remaining. It was a chance for Ashley to carry a child. 

Ashley says, “That was something, something I wanted so much. I felt like i would be missing out on something. And I know that adoption is wonderful and we were certainly ready to go forward with a traditional adoption. But we were just so excited when we found out we could have both basically.” 

After a match with a donor family through an embryo adoption agency in California, one out of three embryos took. 9 months later Josephine was born. 

Ashley says, “It was 10 days after the embryo transfer which was really too soon to take a pregnancy test, but I couldn't resist ...It said pregnant!” 

Embryo adoption, conceptually, may sound similar to in vitro, but the two are very different. 

“If we had done in vitro it would have been retrieving my eggs from my body, mixing them with Curt's sperm and then putting them back into my body to carry the baby. It would be genetically our child,” Ashley says. 

But Josephine was created by another women's egg and another man's sperm. Even though she is not genetically their baby, that doesn't matter to the Van Maanens. 
Ashley says, “She's the baby we were supposed to have...I'm sure of it.” 

The Van Maanens have been in contact with their donor family and hope one day to meet in person. 

“They live quite a ways away from us but they do have a daughter as well - they have an 8-year-old daughter. So we hope that Josephine will someday get to meet her hopefully.” 

Snowflake Embryo Adoption

Embryo Adoption

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story
14-Year-Old Dead After Being Run Over By Truck

10/25/2014 2:05 PM

A 14-year-old girl is dead after being run over in a parking lot just after 12:30 in Hartford.

Full Story
Three Sushi Restaurants Close After Owners Dispute

10/22/2014 10:05 PM

Your options for sushi in Sioux Falls have just been cut by three. The restaurants mysteriously shut down this week, leaving customers and employees a...

Full Story | Watch
Police Give Update In Kneip Death Investigation

10/21/2014 10:39 AM

Sioux Falls Police have ruled Pam Kneip's death a suicide.

Full Story


Events