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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 15 April 2009

According to a recent survey conducted in collaboration with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Seattle residents are highly aware of various family building options due to an infertility diagnosis, such as medical treatment, adoption and surrogacy; however the survey brought to light that less than half knew about an emerging family building option – embryo donation.

The online survey gauged awareness of embryo donation in advance of a free embryo donation workshop hosted by RESOLVE on Saturday, April 25, in Seattle.

At the workshop, couples and individuals will be introduced to the medical, legal and mental health issues surrounding embryo donation, a relatively new process in which individuals who have undergone in-vitro fertilization treatment and have extra frozen embryos decide to release the embryos for transfer to the uterus of another woman.

The online survey conducted among 800 Seattle residents showed:

* 84 percent of Seattle residents are aware of family building options such as IVF treatment and adoption;

* 71 percent have heard of surrogacy;

* Only 44 percent are aware of embryo donation;

* Of those respondents who are familiar with embryo donation, 72 percent view it favorably.

* More than 7.3 million Americans are struggling with infertility.  And while they may have heard of some alternatives to traditional conception, many aren't familiar with all the different ways they can build their family.

For more information about the free Seattle embryo donation workshop, visit: http://www.resolve.org/embryodonation.

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