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My name is Stephanie W. Moyers, and I am the Marketing and PR Manager for the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC).

As assisted reproduction technology (ART) enters its fourth decade, its success is evident by the hundreds of thousands of smiling faces and happy families. However there have been some not so successful occurrences. Some families, no matter what they’ve tried have not been able to achieve pregnancy. And then there are the remaining embryos suspended in liquid nitrogen. While the majority of frozen embryos (approximately 600,000 in the United States) are being retained by the genetic parents for future pregnancy attempts, about 2 to 3 percent are in limbo. The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), along with the other embryo donation organizations, would like to see each of those remaining embryos reach its full human potential.

My role as the Marketing and PR Manager for NEDC is to create awareness of this life giving, family building option by educating the general public, those affected by infertility and the professionals who assist them. I visit fertility clinics around the country to discuss embryo donation and embryo adoption options and resources available for their patients. I also craft press releases, advertisements and newsletters to get the word out. The NEDC also exhibits at numerous industry conferences. One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of my job is when we’re notified that an “adopted embryo” baby has been born!

For more than 20 years, my marketing and advertising background has centered on helping people become successful – with their business, their career and in their personal life. I did take a few years off to be a stay at home mom and then a fitness instructor. My son will graduate from college this year, and my daughter has started driving — yikes! I live with my English Mastiff named Shakespeare, still teach the occasional fitness class and still help people fulfill their dreams.


a blog by Stephanie W. Moyers National Embryo Donation Center, April 5, 2012

In anticipation and support of National Infertility Awareness Week, April 22-28, 2012, I’ve put together a condensed but interesting history of assisted reproduction and embryo donation. My guess is that if you’re reading this you’re already familiar with the ups and downs of infertility, but as Paul Harvey used to say, “Do you know the rest of the story?"

The practice of successful human in vitro fertilization (IVF) is now in its fourth decade and has been a blessing to hundreds of thousands around the world by building families where none may have existed before. In many cases, the byproducts of these successes are remaining embryos, preserved in a state of suspended animation, frozen in liquid nitrogen. The current estimate is that there are more than 600,000 of these “snow babies” in the United States.

a blog by Stephanie W. Moyers National Embryo Donation Center, February 7, 2012

No matter what path your infertility diagnosis has taken, the fear of not knowing the outcome continues to loom large. For some, in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other assisted reproduction technologies (ART) have been the answer to their “baby prayers.” But those treatments are neither ideal nor guaranteed to help every family. What is the next step, or is there even a next step? An emerging option for those desperately trying for a child is embryo donation — sometimes referred to as embryo adoption (ED/EA).

The causes of infertility are numerous and non-discriminating, with both male and/or female factors playing a part of what could be the issue. Modern science now provides some proven solutions that bypass the medical conditions that keep prospective parents from cultivating a pregnancy.

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