'Snowflake' Babies Help Some Couples Start a New Family

Leftover, frozen embryos are sometimes adopted by new parents instead of being donated to science.
2:48 | 11/19/14

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And in today's "Morning stir." Frozen embryo adoptions, leading to snowflake babies. One couple who adopted their daughter as an embryo. And we partnered on this story. Mara schiavocampo has more. Reporter: Unable to have biology Cal children of their own, they adopted 4-month-old Sammy, but not in the way you might think. They adopted Sammy as an embryo. I first discovered embryo adoption. It was like Christmas morning. Something clicked, I had no idea this existed. Reporter: How exactly does that work? After a couple has gone through ivf, they're normally left with several healthy, viable fertilized eggs and a dilemma about what to do with them. Most of them are destroyed or donated to science. But some couples put these frozen embryos, affectionately called snowflakes, up for adoption. Sammy was actually conceived in 2006 and was on ice in a srage facility for seven years before being adopted. Just knowing she was frozen for so long as a little ball of cells and then awakened, that process just blows my mind. Reporter: They got the embryo that became baby Sammy from this couple, Libby and Tony, almost 1700 mime miles away. After five rounds of ivf and five miscarriages, they adopted a child and got pregnant naturally three times. Here she goes. Reporter: Their family complete, they were left with four unused frozen embryos. We gave a gift, they say it's a generous gift. But it's a gift too. A perfect landing spot for the embryos. Reporter: There are an estimated 600,000 viable embryos in the U.S., providing a possible path to parenthood for many. There are more options than ever before for an individual or a couple struggling with fertility issues. Reporter: Little snowflakes melting so many hearts. Love is what made her. The love of so many people went into creating her and bringing her here. Reporter: And today is actually one year to the day that Sammy's embryo was thawed and transferred. Happy anniversary to them. What a lovely story. You talked about the parents who donate the embryos. Once they do that, they lose all claims. Legally it's a transfer of property. So the biological parents have no claim to the embryo. In terms of cost, it can be cheaper than ivf. You don't have the cost of retrieving eggs and fertilizing them. That's been done. Thanks very much. Let's go to Amy. Thanks.

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