Adopting 25-year-old Frozen Embryos

The New Normal? Adopting donated embryos? Seems it is the new normal.


When Tina and Benjamin Gibson married, they already knew it was unlikely they would be able to have children naturally. Benjamin suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, and infertility is a common effect of the disease.

But they weren’t concerned. The couple knew there were plenty of options available to them when they were ready. For a while, they fostered children and talked about adoption.

Then one day Tina’s father called her to tell her he’d just read an article about adopting frozen embryos. Tina laughed at first because it sounded so unusual.

Tina and Benjamin were traveling on vacation when her father had called, so Tina downloaded the information on her cell phone as she said, “By the end of our vacation, we knew everything we possibly could about embryo adoption.” But they were fostering children at the time, so they set aside the idea for future consideration.

Then one day they felt the time was right. “Just for the fun of it,” they submitted an application to the National Embryo Donation Organization located in Knoxville, TN. The organization claims to be a faith-based organization.


When they received notification that they qualified for further investigation, they became excited. Tina had to go through several medical tests to make sure she could carry a baby. And both had to have other medical checks to make sure they would be medically good parents.

Then there was a Home Study, just as is done for any adoption process.

They were told the next step was to pick a donor. Not an easy task considering they had 30 days to read 300 profiles to chose from!

Finally choosing a donor with sibling embryos for the future, Tina was implanted with three embryos on March 13. Shortly after, tests showed one had survived! There were going to have a baby!

On November 25, 2017, a healthy baby girl, Emma Wren Gibson was born! Weighing 6lbs, 8oz and 20″ long.

Said Benjamin, “I know in my head we don’t share the same genes, but in my heart, Emma feels like my very own child.”


Both parents are thrilled! And more good news, there are 4 more sibling embryos still frozen, so when Tina and Benjamin are ready, they can adopt another.

This may seem unusual to a lot of people. Maybe even immoral to some. But what is the difference in adopting frozen embryos versus adopting a baby already born? But with this “new normal” if possible, the mother can carry the baby, have the full experience of pregnancy and give birth!

As the Gipsons had said when they married, they weren’t concerned because the newlyweds knew somehow some way they would have children! And this process was not yet being used when they were married, so a miracle happened while they waited.


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