A NEW COMPANY IS BORN – EMBRYO DONATION INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Craig R. Sweet
Embryo Donation International26 May 2011
Embryo Donation International (http://www.embryodonation.com/home.php) (EDI), one of the few private, non-faith-based, nondiscriminatory embryo donation facilities in the United States, officially opened last month to provide confidential and cost-effective embryo donation options to people around the globe desiring to build a family.
Created and led by Dr. Craig R. Sweet (http://www.embryodonation.com/staff.php?t=medical), EDI Founder, Medical Director and board certified physician in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology, EDI’s dedicated mission is to reduce the number of cryopreserved embryos abandoned or discarded by matching embryos to patients in need regardless of race, religion, ancestry, sexual preference or marital status. EDI is a subdivision of Specialists In Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, P.A. (SRMS) (http://www.dreamababy.com/), which has been providing embryo donation for 10 years as well as compassionate reproductive endocrine and infertility care for over 20 years.
“Our first public discussion on this sensitive topic took place during the week after ‘9-11’ in 2001,” said Dr. Sweet. “When so many lives were lost, we spoke about the unclaimed potential life held in cryopreservation within our practice due to abandonment. Today’s announcement is the result of our passionate advocacy for pairing frozen embryos with patients in need based on EDI’s ethical values of nondiscrimination and our core belief that embryos deserve a heightened level of respect and should not be abandoned or discarded.”
In 2003, the nonprofit research institution RAND estimated there were at least 400,000 embryos cryopreserved in the United States (Fertility & Sterility, May 2003, Vol. 79, No. 5, p. 1063-9). EDI’s goal is to encourage patients to use their embryos to expand their own families but otherwise consider embryo donation rather than abandonment or discarding them.
Accompanying the company launch is the company is its vast new website, http://www.EmbryoDonation.com. Including a wealth of in-depth research and detailed information including specific sections for embryo donors, embryo recipients, forums, testimonials, links to other sites, on-line applications and the website also offers users access to the donated embryo data base. Donors also get to choose from 10 charities that EDI will donate to when they donate their embryos.
“It is the volume of information that sets this web site apart from others. Embryo donors may also start the process of donating their embryos via the on-line application while recipients may apply for the program though a similar process. Making the list of embryos available for free allows the web site to play a vital role for people who desire to build families through embryo donation,” said Dr. Craig R. Sweet, EDI Founder, Medical Director and board certified physician in Reproductive Endocrinology. “In addition to being a comprehensive resource for current patients, prospective patients and the medical community, the web site will also serve as our social networking center. Embryo donors, recipients and the curious will connect with us and with each other sharing information and knowledge about the amazing world of embryo donation. ”
For more information about the company’s history, philosophy, services and devoted staff, visit http://www.EmbryoDonation.com. Frequent updates are available at EDI’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Digg and Vimeo pages – all accessible via the EDI website.
ABOUT EMBRYO DONATION INTERNATIONAL (EDI)
Embryo Donation International (EDI) is a private reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice located in Fort Myers, Florida. Founded by Dr. Craig R. Sweet in 2011 as an expansion of their 10 year-old embryo donation program (sometimes incorrectly called embryo adoption), they are one of the most experienced and cost-effective embryo donation centers in the United States. EDI’s dedicated mission is to reduce the number of frozen embryos abandoned or discarded by matching embryos to patients in need regardless of race, religion, ancestry, sexual preference or marital status. For more information, contact Dr. Sweet at (239) 275-5728, (800) 334-2184, or visit http://www.EmbryoDonation.com.