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The Embryo Adoption Podcast

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A podcast exploring the blessing of embryo adoption and embryo donation from all angles. Embryo adoption is an answer for so many families who thought they could never become pregnant. Learn more about it on this podcast.
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Fertility support | Holistic fertility care | Natural ways to increase fertility | Embryo Adoption Have you been trying to conceive for years with no success? Do you feel frustrated, broken, or hopeless because your fertility journey isn’t going the way you imagined? Believe me, I get it. I know what it’s like to feel heartbreak and despair each time you look at a pregnancy test and don’t see two pink lines. My husband and I have been on this fertility journey for over 11 years, and by the g ...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq0KXYL2eYA In today's episode we will talk about Laser Hatching and what is its role in IVF treatment in Punjab. Laser hatching is a precise method that increases the chances of conceiving through IVF treatment. Listen to the full episode to hear from fertility expert Dr Sumita Sofat.
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After a long stretch of unexplained infertility, Amber describes it as “incredible, crazy, and magic” when she and Matt learned they were pregnant with twins through embryo adoption. In this episode, they share their helpful, inspiring story- highlighting the importance of communication, openness to unique family-building methods, and gratitude for…
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NEDC President Dr. Jeffrey Keenan thinks February’s landmark Alabama Supreme Court ruling could lead to a more life-affirming world for frozen embryos. But it won’t happen without navigating some complex questions: Does “life begins at conception” include embryos? Are we willing to advocate for more ethical IVF? Can Christian believers unite on a l…
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Hey, Overcomers! Today, we are talking about something that far too many who walk the path of embryo adoption experience: repeated failed frozen embryo transfers. This is devastating for any parent in waiting to experience. So many emotions and questions come up when faced with a failed frozen embryo transfer. How do you process those emotions? Who…
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Brittany & John once thought Klinefelter syndrome had erased any hope of experiencing pregnancy. Now, they’re in awe of God’s goodness as Brittany is about to deliver their embryo adoption baby. In this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast, they share their journey, which they call “miraculous & remarkable.” Share, rate, review, and subscribe to …
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Hey, Overcomers! In today’s episode, we are talking about finding community when you decide to adopt an embryo. The embryo adoption process can feel lonely and isolating, so it’s important to find a village of support who understands. It can be hard to share with your family that you are adopting an embryo because they may not understand. Today, we…
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Hey, Overcomers! Today, we are diving into the embryo adoption process. There is much controversy in the church about embryo adoption and embryo donation in that it is viewed as playing God. I want you to know that pursuing embryo adoption is not playing God, and I’m excited to share the Word the Lord gave me regarding this path to your victory bab…
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Embryo adoption and infertility can be very tough on people who are “planners," like Jenna and her husband. They never planned to be a one-child family, but they are. In this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast, Jenna unpacks an embryo adoption journey of both lasting joy and lingering disappointment. She also describes how God is working throug…
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Known as “The Queen of Christian Fiction,” bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has a new movie out- and it’s about embryo adoption! Karen joins The Embryo Adoption Podcast to talk about her newly released film Someone Like You (based on her book of the same name). It’s a story she believes in so much, she used her life savings to finance it! Share, …
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Hey, Overcomers! Today on the podcast, I have a very special guest, my hubby Jerald. When it comes to the topic of infertility, far too often, it’s assumed that the woman is the reason for it. The reality is that male factor infertility can happen, and it needs to be discussed more. In this episode, Jerald shares his journey with discovering he has…
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Embryo adoption parents Isaac & Olivia Hall say people have been asking them a lot more questions about embryo adoption and IVF lately. The spark: February’s Alabama Supreme Court decision declaring embryos to be human lives. Isaac & Olivia are a natural go-to couple, not only because they’ve adopted embryos, but because Isaac is a pastor. Hear mor…
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On February 16, 2024, many people pursuing fertility treatment options received the most devastating news. This was the day that the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that stored embryos are granted the same legal protection as children under Alabama’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act. This ruling caused so much heartache and devastation for so many couples…
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Hey, Overcomers! Welcome to the very first episode of The Nurturary for Fertility podcast. In this episode, I’m sharing about me and my husband’s fertility journey and why I’m so passionate about supporting other married couples navigating infertility and finding their unique path to their victory baby. If you’re a couple who is currently trying to…
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John & Sarah were prepared for another failure when the embryos in their second NEDC transfer were graded lower than those in their first. Now, they have twins from that transfer! Lots of helpful stuff in this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast, including takeaways on overcoming cancer, the importance of having a mentor couple, not putting too …
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Welcome to the Nurturary for Fertility Podcast, the go-to podcast for couples who are ready to meet their victory babies. I know what it’s like to feel heartbreak and despair each time you look at a pregnancy test and don’t see two pink lines. Friend, I want you to know that there is hope and this podcast will help renew your hope again. Each week …
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It’s easy to feel alone, whether you’re an adult experiencing pregnancy failure, or an embryo adoption kid with a different story than your peers. In this episode, NEDC mom Ambre Williams unpacks how community & prayer led her & her husband to peace during their uneven embryo adoption journey. Plus, she shares about her new children’s book, aimed a…
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After an exhausting grind of failed IUIs and IVF, Cristina’s fertility doctor recommended she look at other options. That’s how she learned about embryo adoption, which resulted in triplets! Her story is packed with practical lessons on everything from trusting your body’s signals to taking on the tougher parts of parenting multiples. Be inspired a…
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Travis & Kristen didn’t have any fertility issues (they already had four children) but did have a heart to adopt. That desire led them to choose embryo adoption. And although personal and medical challenges complicated their journey, they wouldn’t trade the result: Twin sisters who share a special bond that sweetens life for their large family. Sha…
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Janae and Clayton had a deeply emotional embryo adoption journey filled with cycles of loss, followed by renewed hope. Along the way, Janae kept an open mind on everything, including choosing embryo adoption (which initially struck her as weird) in the first place, switching from an open to a closed adoption, and even changing her mind on whether t…
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Sometimes embryo adoption dads struggle with parental identity. That stems from being the only adult in the process -donor or recipient- without a genetic or biological connection to their child. But shared biology and genetics aren’t the only traits that make someone a ‘real dad.’ NEDC dad Derek King has worked through those awkward feelings. He h…
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Wondering how to talk to your kids about embryo adoption? Trying to find peace amid infertility? Then this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast is a must-listen. Psychologist (and NEDC mom) Dr. Megan Herscher explores healthy approaches to each in our Season 3 finale.
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We’re having some fun in this episode! Almost 8 months after their births, catch up with the NEDC babies frozen as embryos for a world-record of nearly 30 years, Timothy & Lydia Ridgeway, as well as their parents Philip & Rachel. This family’s looking back on the wild and sometimes hilarious adventure of making global news. Would they do it all aga…
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After 15 years of marriage with no children, Chris & Rachel suddenly became parents of twins! Find out how sleep training was key to their finding a new routine, and how a stuffed bear not only helped Rachel through her fear of needles but will endure as a sentimental keepsake for their kids. All that, and the role their faith played, in this episo…
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Just what does it mean to choose open embryo adoption through the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC)? It’s a common question, and the answer looks different in every situation. NEDC moms Marti Bailey, Bethany Piechowski, and Nina Brenneman are sharing helpful insights in this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast. Learn more at embryodonation.…
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You never know just what God will use to touch someone’s heart. For Lauren & Joe, a special childcare program called Safe Families eventually led them to a passion for embryo adoption. What followed were challenges: a longer than expected wait, Joe trying to overcome his anxiety about needles & giving shots, grieving the loss of an embryo that fail…
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Jared & Kristi experienced the heartbreak of several embryo adoption transfers with no success. It made no sense to them. They know, this side of eternity, it never will. Yet there’s so much to learn from this brave NEDC couple. They’re sharing their story to help others, on this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast. Rate, review, and subscribe t…
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Embryo adoption mom Savannah Hansen once thought writing books was a childhood dream she’d just forget about. Then she saw the need for more children’s books to serve the adoption and embryo adoption communities. So she started, as they said in the old days, putting pen to paper. (Digital keystrokes to a phone app just doesn’t have the same ring, d…
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Perry & Sydney went from being told to stop their medications (i.e.: their pregnancy was over)… to holding their miracle daughter. Their journey in between, virtually the whole time, was filled with anxiety. Hear how deeply they were shaped by infertility, and learn from what they did as they struggled to find contentment and a sense of certainty, …
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Life throws us curve balls. For Jay and Elizabeth, the result was a family-building journey that showcases God’s variety and God’s provision. From a biological child to an embryo adoption baby, their story has it all (including how they adopted without debt!). It’s our prayer that this episode of The Embryo Adoption Podcast will leave you -like the…
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Madison got pancreatitis (twice!) and COVID while she was pregnant with Pia & Judah, her embryo adoption twins. That, combined with extended NICU stays for each baby, made Madison & Toby’s road to parenthood a taxing one. But they’d do it all again to experience the deep parental love consuming them now. Gain valuable insights from their story, fro…
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Secondary infertility sent Arleta into the throes of depression, which sent her to YouTube, of all places. And through that, God led her & Owen to double blessings. How fitting that they arrived on Thanksgiving! (“Two turkeys,” their older son jokes.:)) They’re telling their story in this episode. Learn more at embryodonation.org. Rate, review, and…
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God opened Graham and Libby’s door to parenthood through the prayers of their foster child, and the work of a family concerned with saving a vulnerable young life. From there, the story only gets wilder… and more beautiful. God has walked them through a child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, embryo adoption, and building a close relationship with their …
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“It’s not like God’s just going to drop a check in our lap,” Naomi thought. Then, actually, He did, through some generous friends who -as they handed them the check- told her and Michael, “This is for you to one day hold a baby in your arms.” We’re wrapping up Season Two of The Embryo Adoption Podcast with Michael and Naomi’s encouraging story of t…
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In today's episode we will talk about Laser Hatching and what is its role in IVF treatment in Punjab. Laser hatching is a precise method that increases the chances of conceiving through IVF treatment. Listen to the full episode to hear from fertility expert Dr Sumita Sofat.
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It’s incredibly important for families going through embryo adoption or embryo donation to have a “safe space” where they can connect, ask questions, swap stories, and share information. That’s why the NEDC Embryo Adoption/Donation Group on Facebook is such a blessing. If you’ve walked either route with the NEDC, or are currently in process, you sh…
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Jason & Jen have a heart for the vulnerable. That's led them to explore both foster care/adoption and embryo adoption. In fact, they're doing both at the same time! Here's their journey, which gives real hope to those of you who may feel called to both, but wonder if you have the capacity to handle it all. Below are some helpful timestamps: :36 Jas…
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Open embryo adoption can be a beautiful thing. This episode gives you a firsthand glimpse from embryo recipients David & Laura George and their embryo donors Gerard & Nicole Straka. Below are some helpful timestamps: 2:00-3:51 What factors were important to adopters David & Laura in the donor selection process 4:04-5:28 How donors Nicole & Gerard’s…
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If you choose to do an open embryo adoption through the National Embryo Donation Center, how do you work out contact with the family on the other end of the match? The answer: Through something called an Open Donation Agreement, or ODA. Here's your chance to learn all about that. Plus: Why do adopting NEDC families need to have their home studies r…
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Ben and Nazli wish they would have learned about embryo adoption a decade earlier than they did. It could've saved them a lot of heartache. But they've accepted that God had His reasons for letting the timing of their journey work out as it did. In this episode, meet them and their miracle baby Kavi, and benefit from their takeaways about finding h…
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If you've experienced the trauma of infertility, pregnancy loss, or the loss of a child, Blessed Brokenness is a tremendous resource that could prove to be a great source of comfort and support. In this episode, meet the co-founder as well as an NEDC embryo adoption couple helping lead the ministry.
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As they walk the road of embryo adoption, Todd and Glory are being very intentional about selecting embryos less likely to be picked. Learn more about the different types of special consideration embryos available through the National Embryo Donation Center, along with the factors that helped this family make its choice. Glory, who grew up in a mis…
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NEDC Family, we're inviting your personalized prayers for embryo adoption couple Ken & Yuliya and their extended family in Ukraine. Ken & Yuliya join Mark to share how the war in Ukraine is affecting them and their relatives in this special edition of The Embryo Adoption Podcast.
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In this episode, Casey unpacks how a Google search led her to embryo adoption, describes the process of transferring a "clump of cells" that are now her 8-year-old son, and shares how her infertility journey has moved her to help lead a mentoring program for women going through crisis pregnancies.
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Jeremiah & Carrie felt their hearts being pulled toward embryo adoption. But before taking the leap, they wisely sought counsel from trusted voices who'd already walked the path. In this episode, Jeremiah & Carrie unpack their journey, including some of the unique challenges and blessings of adopting embryos as Asian Americans. Plus they have some …
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Embryo adoption is not just an infertility treatment. It's a calling. In this episode, you'll meet Alex and Candice. They chose embryo adoption through the National Embryo Donation Center even though they already had several children and never encountered fertility problems. It's an excellent window into the missional mindset that motivates many of…
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In this Season One finale of The Embryo Adoption Podcast, you'll meet Chloe, adopted as an embryo and now 15.5 years old. Find out how she feels about how she came into the world, her advice to other young people adopted as embryos, what she believes her parents did well, and how adoption bonds her with her siblings. Plus Chloe offers a little insi…
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How long does the embryo adoption process take? How soon can I get my first appointment? And how long after that until my frozen embryo transfer? We get these questions all the time. In this episode, National Embryo Donation Center team members Christa Carter & Kelley Seymour thoroughly unpack the answers. They also explain variables that can poten…
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Meet Patrick, who didn't let the potential roadblock of a Hepatitis B-positive blood test stop him and his wife from donating their embryos through the National Embryo Donation Center. This conversation could reshape your thinking about special consideration embryos, whether you're donating or adopting. You're going to love this guy and his heart f…
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Like many husbands, Bobby was slower to warm to the idea of embryo adoption than his wife, Michele. But he kept an open heart, and he's glad he did. Here's how they worked through it as a couple, along with how their family ended up taking shape.
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Kelly & Jonathan describe the joy and anxiety of going through embryo adoption following a previous miscarriage. It's a conversation you'll find helpful & inspiring, especially if you married and started your family building pursuits later than expected. Plus, you'll meet their son Samuel!
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We've seen just about everything, but we had never watched an embryo adoption unfold quite like this one! Be amazed -and challenge yourself not to cry- as Perry and Sydney walk you through a journey they describe as "surreal and sublime." You're going to have a new family to add to your prayer list after this episode.…
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