For most people the path to parenthood is pretty simple and straight forward. We either plan it or those little two lines come as a total yet wonderful shock.
For some parents-to-be it's not this simple nor joyous. Their road to the titles of Mum and Dad are filled with many doctor visits, medications, procedures, tears and the emotional roller coaster none of us that haven't been through it can even imagine. They go through it all happily and hopeful for the cutest prize at the end, their baby.
During each IVF cycle the amount of embryos produced vary greatly from person to person. Some end up with enough for only one transfer while others end up with enough to store for the future to grow their families as they choose.
But what happens when your home (and car) are filled with the laughter of your little miracles and your family is complete and you still have embryos in storage?
Currently IVF parents are given very few options, these are usually to either keep the embryo straws frozen which includes paying fees to a clinic yearly, storage fees can run from $750 a year to the thousands, and paying these for an indefinite amount of time is not a viable option for many families. Storage space is also fastly becoming a logistical issue with 100,000's stored across the USA alone.
Embryo donation where the embryos are donated to strangers to transfer, this option is an incredibly selfless and priceless choice to make however for many the knowledge of knowing they have a child in the world, their children have a sibling that they will never know is not something they feel is right for them.
The last option is to dispose of the straws. Disposal simply means the straws are allowed to thaw making them no longer viable and they are thrown away. This option however is proving an enormous issue when it comes to landfill all across the world because the straws are made from plastic.
These are the only real options given to parents that have spend 1000's of tears and 1000's of dollars to be given the chance at parenthood and yet they face the heart breaking choice of what to do when faced with this tough decision.
This is where we knew we had to step in.
Families that have been through the IVF process with embryos left after their families are complete DO HAVE MORE OPTIONS.
Today Tomorrow & Always works with you to create the perfect resting place for your embryos whether you choose to use the entire straw, a smaller section that contains your precious embryo or embryo ash, we have the perfect way to honour and protect your precious babies.
We even have ways to include hair, photos or other memories of all your babies earth side as well as those whose tiny hearts stopped too soon into 1 display keepsake that holds all of your little ones together for Today, Tomorrow & Always.
Today Tomorrow & Always aims to help parents who find themselves facing this dilemma by providing them the opportunity to bring your babies home where they belong.
Today Tomorrow & Always is proud to partner with Embryo Ash Studios™, an embryo straw memorial & cremation service to provide a solution to such a highly controversial yet incredibly important issue facing families worldwide.
For families who would like more information on having their embryos cremated, click here
to learn more.