Anabelle Petersen: Our Embryo Donation Journey, Part 1

Embryo donation: The Petersen familyWhat do you do with your remaining embryos? Anabelle Petersen shed many tears over what the best decision was for her and her family. Read the first part of her story…

As I’m writing this I realize it’s been exactly 10 years since our in-vitro procedure (on August 7th 2006) resulting in the birth of our son Andy in April 2007. The moments before and after his birth are so rich in details and vivid in my mind that I get a little anxious in remembering the pain of infertility we experienced for over 5 years, the toll it took on our marriage, the roller coaster of trying to get pregnant, and also the joys of birthing 3 babies since. Tom and I got married in 2000 after we met during my vacation in San Diego from Brazil.  We met on Memorial Day weekend 1999 and wanted a family ever since.

When Andy was about 14 months old I found out I was 12 weeks pregnant with Lucas. When Lucas was 15 months old I found out I was almost 8 weeks pregnant with Louisa, despite the use of an IUD. Our stored embryos were starting to add up to our monthly expenses and now with 3 kids, I really felt our family was complete. My husband started to do some research to find out what to do with the remaining embryos and after lots of prayer, he came across the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program through Nightlight Christian Adoptions. The program allows the family with remaining embryos to select a recipient family to receive their embryo gift…

Tune in next week to read the end of Anabelle’s life changing story. Do you have questions about embryo donation? Visit the donor FAQs on our website to learn if this process is right for you.