You will probably not hear much talk about embryo adoption, most likely because there are a lot of potential problems with embryo adoption; however, it is done in many places.
What exactly is embryo adoption? Embryos from eggs that were fertilized and then either abandoned or given up for adoption are implanted in another woman. The legal issues involved here are amazing. In some states, couples are required to legally adopt a child conceived from an embryo that is not genetically linked to the mother, even if the mother carries the child in pregnancy and gives birth to that child.
You may decide that embryo adoption is a great option for you and your family. It gives you the ability to experience pregnancy and birth, even if you are physically unable to provide the egg or your partner cannot provide the sperm. You may prefer embryo adoption to live infant adoption so that you can control the prenatal variables, such as medical care and exposure to harmful substances. It may also be less expensive than traditional adoption.
Why would someone give up an embryo for adoption? They may feel that it is a morally good thing to do, rather than allow the frozen embryos to stay in the clinic or to be used for medical research. The couple for which the embryos were originally intended may now be unable to use them for medical or social reasons. Perhaps they have even completed their family and now wish to help other infertility patients complete their own family.
However you decide to expand your family, it's a very special time in your life. Adjusting to your new child can definitely provide some challenges, but it will also be a wondrous time in your life as you get to know this special person that you worked so hard to meet. Prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, or adoption if that's the road you choose. Best of luck to you and your family!