Minn. Couple Uses Unique Way to Adopt and Deliver Baby

Updated: 01/29/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 5:57 PM
By: Kate Renner

Infertility can be one of the most painful experiences a couple goes through together. An estimated one out of eight couples have issues when trying to start a family. One Minnesota couple chose a unique way to bring life into the world.

For some women, their baby bump is a point of pride. "Carrying her inside of me for the eight plus months, it's a really special time," Tiffany Huang of Woodbury said.

Two and a half years ago, Tiffany Huang delivered Caitlyn Joy into the world. Here's the unique part -- nine months earlier she and her husband Simon adopted her.

"You not only become the adoptive parents of your child-to-be, but you also get to be their birth parent," Huang said.

After years of trying to conceive, the Huangs considered regular adoption, but then chose to adopt an embryo; a frozen embryo a family in California donated after going through in-vitro fertilization.

In the medical field this procedure is considered an embryo donation, but for couples who believe life begins at conception, like the Huangs, this is an embryo adoption.

"The adoption versus donation becomes a question of when you consider the embryo has personhood," Dr. John Malo, Fertility Endocrinologist at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, said.

Dr. John Malo is a reproductive endocrinologist at the biggest IVF center in the Twin Cities. He says it's a safe procedure and the success depends on the health of the embryo.

"Some are very high quality and are going to give an excellent chance of pregnancy, and others won't be, and that's one of the variabilities," Malo said.

The Huangs say their adoption was such a success, they've chosen to meet their daughter's biological parents in California. And they plan to do it again.

"Hopefully in the next year or so, maybe we'll have more kids, maybe by Christmas," Simon Huang said.

According to Snowflakes, the organization the Huang's went through, there are more than 600,000 frozen embryos in the United States. But only 6 to 8 percent of those will likely be donated to another family.

Snowflakes says they don't have a wait list of adoptive families. In their 17 years of operating, 365 babies have been born through this process.

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