When you think of adoption, usually babies and orphans come to mind. But one Clive family has gone another way with it.
Luke Trimm, senior pastor at Living Faith Lutheran Church, and his wife, Joni, have announced their pregnancy with not one, not two, but three adopted embryos.
“I heard about (embryo adoption) literally for the first time a year ago and started the process of exploring what embryo adoption was.” Luke says. “I jokingly say that it’s like regular adoption only smaller.”
Through the process of invitro fertilization treatment (IVF), biological parents seeking to become pregnant can create several embryos, some of which are often left unused, Luke explained.
“There’s an organization called Nightlight that connects you with a family that has excess embryos than what they require, and they match you up and adopt their embryos.”
Joni explained that after rigorous background checks, home inspections and interviews, the Trimm family was matched with another family of similar values living in Alaska. The biological parents of the Trimm’s adopted embryos have a set of twins through a successful IVF treatment, but like many others, they wanted their remaining embryos to have a chance at life.
“(IVF) is often a very painful process and an emotional roller coaster for a woman to go through, and at the end of it you realize there are these embryos that you put so much effort into the creation of, and now you can’t use them,” Luke says. “The reason why we’re being so public about it is because it’s an incredible and viable option for so many people.”
Two of the four embryos survived the thawing process, and out of an extremely rare occurrence that shocked several medical professionals, one of them split into two identical twins.
“The odds of that happening are effectively zero,” Luke says. “Mid-Iowa Fertility had never seen this before.”
Luke and Joni already have three children: Isaac, 9, Mattea, 6 and Phoebe, 4. All of the children are biologically theirs. The couple has had no personal experience with infertility. They just wanted to adopt this time around.
To follow the Trimm family’s journey, visit their blog website at www.graftedgifts.com.
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