Dr. Randy Morris and His Center's Embryo Donation Program Featured on NBC5 News in Chicago, Illinois

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The news program ran a feature discussing embryo donation as a possibility after people's in vitro fertilization procedures, and features an interview with Dr. Randy Morris as well as some of his patients.

NBC5 News in Chicago, Illinois featured a special report on the growing trend of embryo donation by couples that have undergone in vitro fertilization and are left with unused embryos. While many embryos remain frozen with an uncertain future, some couples have opted to donate their extra embryos to needy couples and women who are unable to conceive naturally or with in vitro fertilization. The story on NBC5 News features an interview with Dr. Randy Morris of IVF1, a Chicago area in vitro fertilization center.

During the news story, Dr. Morris discusses the benefits of embryo donation and how the program at his fertility treatment center, IVF1, works. After couples undergo in vitro infertility treatment and have donated the leftover embryos, potential recipient couples get to sort through the histories of the donors they are presented with, including the donor's education, physical characteristics, ethnic background, and medical history, although the identity of the donor remains anonymous. This allows the patient to select embryos with a likelihood of having the characteristics desired in a child.

Dr. Morris does discuss the possibility of problems associated with the anonymity of embryo donation during the process, although he dismisses it as highly unlikely to cause any unforeseen issues. This is in response to the recent news about twins separated at birth who later in life met, fell in love, and were married only to discover later on that they were, in fact, twin brother and sister. Dr. Morris' response is that with the small number of cases of embryo donation, this is an unlikely event that should not be a concern for infertile couples.

About IVF1
IVF1 is a fertility center with offices in Naperville and Chicago, Illinois providing patients with a number of cutting-edge fertility treatments. The center specializes in infertility testing, in vitro fertilization, ICSI, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and a number of other treatments to help people with infertility. The clinic provides a number of options for couples and women who are experiencing trouble conceiving naturally, and provide plenty of helpful information about fertility at IVF1.com as well.


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