There are an estimated 120,000 embryos on ice across Australia right this second.
Some of these embryos will be implanted, but many may not be.
In the IVF world, couples with unused embryos are usually given three options. Most often, they are either destroyed or donated to science, but a third option of embryo donation does exist. And it could be the right fit for you.
Embryo donation is the giving of unused embryos, which remain after one couple’s IVF process to another couple – without payment.
For David and Marieke McPhail, their experience with infertility lead them to identify an untapped market – a matching service for donors and recipients.
On Network Ten’s, The Project, Marieke said, “You’re never prepared for all your dreams of having a family to be shattered. For us, I think it meant that we just grieved for all the children that we would never have.”
With this in mind, Marieke co-founded the Embryo Donation Network, an online forum which connects embryo donors with hopeful recipients.
But, there’s a catch.