Nancy and Chris Weiss, both 43, from Atlanta, Georgia struggled for a baby for more than two years, with five failed IVF attempts. The couple met late on in life and though Nancy, a fertility coach herself, knew they would face difficulties when they tried to start a family, their tragic battle was even more emotionally draining for the pair than she ever expected. Just as they thought it could never happen for them, Nancy read about a process called 'embryo adoption': "We met later in life, so I knew at our age the egg and sperm quality wouldn’t be as good as it could be. I had never heard of embryo adoption, it’s not something that’s overly popular. It still blows me away whenever I talk about it. We had endured the trials and tribulations of infertility for two and a half years. We couldn’t be more grateful for this gift."
Embryo adoption is the process of literally adopting a frozen embryo and having it implanted in the womb, in the hopes that the child will flourish and grow as usual inside the new mother. The process has a 50% success rate and cost the couple under $5,000 (£3,500), and they hope to raise awareness of the procedure so other families who are struggling to have kids can consider all their options. Nancy's embryo adoption was an immediate success, and she fell pregnant straight after baby Luna was implanted but was later shocked to find her embryo had been frozen in time since February 2004: "I had no idea how old the embryos were when we adopted them. The success rate is 50% but with the first one we had transferred it worked and she became our Luna. Our miracle girl was frozen in time before I was able to give her a belly in which to grow into the beautiful little baby girl she is today."
Nancy says that she felt different as soon as the embryo was implanted, explaining: "It was like I knew I was pregnant and just had a feeling. I woke up that morning to take the test and it came back positive. We were very excited and cautiously optimistic, but remained calm until we had tests done at the doctors." Apparently, when the couple heard Luna cry for the first time the whole process had been worth it: "I was in labour from Wednesday night to Sunday morning. After developing a fever I had to have a C-section. I was told that babies born through C-section are quiet, but not to be afraid or worried if I didn’t hear her make any noise. But Luna came out crying, it was like angels singing and the best sound I have ever heard. There’s something about birth that erases all of the struggles. We finally had our daughter." Nancy and Chris moved from their native Atlanta to New Jersey, and found their baby daughter waiting there for them.