Publication Date

Spring 2016


School of Nursing


Nursing (B.S.N.)


embryo adoption; stem cell research; snowflake babies; adoption; IVF; in vitro fertilization


Family Practice Nursing | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Reproductive and Urinary Physiology


Embryo adoption takes embryos that are still forming and introduces them into the uterus of a woman with whom they do not share any genetic material. If pregnancy does ensue and continues without complications, the child that will be born will not share any genes with the woman who carried him or her. In addition, if the child is born to parents who already have other children, the children in the adoptive family will share no biological link to the newborn. Essentially, the child will have two families—a biological family and an adoptive family. This thesis will explore and discuss the different debates and questions that arise with embryo adoption, as well as how different populations perceive embryo adoption.