Now that we had picked Jenny and Erin as our embryo recipients, Sonia and I were eager to finalize the donation. The spare embryos had been sitting in our fertility clinic's freezer for almost two years as we decided what to do with them and we were ready to get them off our hands.
The recipients had spent about the same amount of time trying to start a family. After nine unsuccessful intra-uterine insemination cycles and lots of invasive tests, Jenny and Erin were more than ready to start their family. They, and their doctor, felt that embryo donation was their most feasible option for having a baby. If the lawyer could produce a final contract before their January intake appointment at our fertility clinic, Jenny and Erin might have a baby by the end of the year.
Though our contract did not require that the two families ever meet, Jenny and Erin had expressed interest in getting together when they traveled to our fertility clinic for the initial appointment. We wondered if this might end up being too stressful for them since it would be a four hour round trip from the clinic to our city. But if they were up for it we would be pleased to introduce them to our children. They should meet them before the transfer, we figured, to make sure they knew what they were getting into!