Family Dreams Come True Thanks to Snowflake Embryo

‘She’s the child we always dreamed of having’
Laura and Jeremy Butcher were still “in a haze of newlywed bliss” as they began to plan their future. But after learning that Laura had PCOS, a condition that kept her from ovulating, they grappled with the heart-rending knowledge that they may never be able to have children.

“We learned that our only chance of having a biological child was through in-vitro fertilization (IVF),” Laura explained. “We tried two rounds, but the eggs stopped developing both times.”

Their friends recommended they visit Advanced Reproductive Medicine at The University of Kansas Health System. After much conversation with each other and their physician, the couple decided snowflake embryo adoption was the right option for them.

Established 20 years ago, the Snowflake Embryo Adoption program allows families with remaining embryos to select a recipient family to adopt their embryos, with the hope that they will achieve a pregnancy and give birth to their adopted child.

“The University of Kansas Health System is a preferred partner with Snowflakes due to our high success rates with embryo transfers,” said Dr. Courtney Marsh, The University of Kansas Health System. “Embryo adoption is a great option for women without uterine factor infertility.”

“This is a program that has its heart in the right place. It was an amazing opportunity to surrogate our own adopted child … we also loved the fact that the embryos are truly donated. These couples want to help others realize their dream of having a family,” Laura explained.

Laura and Jeremy matched with a Snowflake couple, and their daughter, Evie, is now 10 months old.

“She’s the child we always dreamed of having. We truly couldn’t be happier … we always felt the staff and physicians at The University of Kansas Health System were there to guide us. We can’t say enough good things about our experience.”

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