Our journey through infertility, failed adoptions and now parenthood through the miracle of embryo adoption/donation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I am starting an EA website...need input

I started on my embryo adoption journey back in 2008. I had heard of this as an option a few year prior but never really though much about it until years later. At that time I started perusing websites, forums and blogs trying to find answers. I was fortunate enough to have a situation at a local clinic fall into our laps and we had to look no further. Fast forward to late 2011 when we started the journey for baby number two. My previous clinic had closed so we were back at square one. Even with my previous successful EA baby and with my connections in the blogoshere and forums I still felt like i was floundering. I knew that there were many options but which one was right for us? And which clinic should we use? I had to start calling any and every clinic on the SART website that listed that they did FETs with donated embryos. I used EA sites as resources but quickly found that they were poorly kept up or biased to their particular program. It was frustrating to say the least. I hated it! I even put it on hold twice because I couldn't take it anymore.

So now I am ready to help find a solution to this problem! I am going to start a website with any and every resource I can find for both embryo adoption and embryo donation. I want to include blogs, forums, clinics, matching agencies, lawyers, etc. Everything!!!! All in one place. So when someone is ready to start researching EA they don't have to go through what many of us have had to go through. I have tried to do some of this with my blog but my blog is personal and while I will still share myself with the website I would prefer to keep the two separate.

So here is where I need your help! I need a name. I have a blog dedicated to just EA (though I rarely update it) and I named it Dreaming of Conceiving. I can keep that one or I can go a different route. I would love something pertaining to snowflakes but have to be careful as there is already and agency that uses that name. So submit your suggestions please!

I would also like to know what it should include. What would have been helpful to you? I will also need one or two others to help me moderate it and update it as well as research clinics that have EA programs. If you are interested please email me at agreateryesblog@gmail.com.

Here is what I plan to include (so far):

*List of clinics with programs along with pertinent information (wait times, prices if disclosed, availability, etc)

*List of EA/D blogs

*Differences between EA and ED

*List of lawyers that deal with EA

*Forums that are for EA/D or that have a place on their forum for EA/D

*Feature different couples that have done EA

*Statistics and news stories pertaining to EA/D

*Support for donors (would love to find a donor to help with this one!!)

So help a girl out! Let me know what you think? Speak up! Now is your chance!!


  1. I think this is a fabulous idea! I can't think of anything to include that you haven't already listed.

  2. Great idea! I like the Dreaming of Conceiving name.

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  4. LOVE this idea. Like you we were so lucky that our local clinic where we did IVF also had a Donor Embryo program and, as you know have gone on to expand on that with the shared double donor cycles. We are done with our family buidling but are huge advocates of reproductive medicine and adoption of all kinds so I am so excited to see you doing this. As for a name.... I have a few that came to mind but not sure if they would work.... Dreams on Ice, Frozen in Time, Awaiting the Thaw, (and a very inappropriate "Baby Starter Kit"....that is what we lovingly referred to our embryos as...tee hee). Good luck. Would love to help but limited on time with two kids and a full time job. But ping me if you just need to bounce around ideas.

  5. It doesn't reference snowflakes but how about Embryo Connections. I would love to do a write up about the Georgia embryo adoption law that is so amazing and have you post it on the site. This sounds like such a great resource!

  6. This sounds amazing.

    I wish I had a table providing a direct comparison between the different agencies. Home study, fees, etc.

  7. great idea...
    Maybe you could ask some of us other EA moms to have "guest" posts on different topics. I'd love to do one on adopting special needs embryos or "weighing your options" or I could even throw a political frozen embryo situation in our country post. You name it and I am there! Great idea and congratulations once again on your upcoming adoption!

  8. I thought that I had included guest posts but I didn't. It will definitely be a part of the website. And be ready, Shannon, I will be calling on you! ;)

  9. I think this is a great idea! It would be great if it could appeal to couples who are trying to make the tough decision to donate... so they can see success stories or connect with other donors trying to make the same decision. So many don't know its an option and that it can be a positive experience for everyone.

    I just discovered your blog. Very informative. I think we are on a very similar timeline. I am adopting embryos from out of state and just had my mock transfer on Friday. I hope to have my FET in October as well. Good luck to you!


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