What is Embryo Matching?
Embryo matching allows the adopting family or parent to begin the adoption journey with pregnancy and childbirth. In the United States there are approximately 600,000 human embryos in frozen storage. These embryos were created by couples pursuing pregnancy via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples who have completed their family building must determine what to do with their remaining embryos. They may choose to keep them frozen, discard them, donate them to science, or donate them to another family or individual eager to begin or add to their family through embryo adoption or donation.
In cases of embryo matching, couples who have embryos in frozen storage choose to donate them to another family or individual woman. This choice gives hope to others pursuing dreams of having children.
Currently, HIC is looking for families for the following embryos:
- A Hawaii couple is seeking a match for their Caucasian-Asian embryos. They have an open-view of family and would welcome having a relationship with you to some degree.
- If you are rooted in Hawaiian culture and are Christian, there is a Hawaii family with embryos that are Hawaiian, Caucasian, Portuguese and Spanish.
- A Hawaii couple of Japanese-Caucasian descent is seeking a family for their embryos and would welcome an open adoption at your discretion so that siblings could connect in the future. Inquire about the home study and process requirements.
Contact Jamie Hughes at (808) 589-2367 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
Hawaii International Child (HIC) will assist with the matching process, legal contracts, additional testing requirements, home study completion, and embryo transportation, if or as necessary.
The adopting (recipient) mother will work with our partner fertility clinic in Honolulu to prepare her body to receive the embryos. On the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) day, the fertility specialist will thaw a pre-determined number of embryos and transfer them into the woman’s womb.
In the following days and weeks the recipient mother will work closely with our partner fertility clinic to monitor and nurture the embryo transfer. Once successful pregnancy has been established, medical follow-up will be nearly the same as any pregnancy.
The amount and type of interaction between the recipient couple or mother and the donor mother or couple will be determined by the donor. HIC will manage this relationship to the extent desired, and will ensure that all appropriate social and legal steps are taken.
For more information about as a recipient or donor, please request an Embryo Matching Program packet.