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Guest Speaker: Maya Grobel and Gina Davis

Ep 76 | Embryo Donation: What Are We Doing with All the Leftover Frozen Embryos?


December 27, 2022

Episode Summary

When we teach IPs about their possible pathways to parenthood, we often mention embryo adoption. There are thousands of embryos sitting in cryobanks around the country. But what happens to them if they aren’t used in IVF by their creators or adopted by other IPs in need? In this episode we answer this question along with others like, do they have a ticking clock on them in terms of viability? How does the fertility industry handle these delicate scenarios? And are there other avenues that ought to be explored – but haven’t as of yet?

Guest Bio

Maya Grobel and Gina Davis

Maya Grobel is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist in private practice, where she specializes in supporting individuals and couples struggling to conceive or building their family in alternative ways. Maya and her TV producer husband Noah made a feature length film called One More Shot, documenting their tumultuous journey to parenthood, which ended with the birth of their daughter via embryo donation (available on Vimeo on Demand). Maya a co-founder of EM•POWER with Moxi, an educational company focused on empowering choice in embryo donation.

Gina Davis is the founder of Advocate Genetics, and a multi-state licensed, board-certified genetic counselor, who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine. Gina is also a co-founder of EM•POWER with Moxi, an education company dedicated to empowering choice and community in embryo donation. She is a mother of two via IVF and an embryo donor.


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