The Drs: Bill For Missing Birthday Party
The Doctors shared the recent news story about a 5-year-old British boy who was sent a $25 invoice for missing his friend’s party. The child’s parents thought it was a joke until the friend’s parents threatened to take them to small claims court.
Dr Rachael Ross said it’s frustrating when you plan a party and a bunch of people RSVP, but about 30% of those who RSVP don’t show up, so she can see where the parents are coming from. Dr Jennifer Ashton said the mom must have a lot of time on her hands. Dr Ross said everyone who plans a party knows that not everyone who RSVPs is going to show up.
The Drs: Facebook Ad For Unused Embryos
The Doctors then moved on to talk about a Tennessee couple who took to Facebook to find a home for six of their unused embryos. Angel and Jeff have four children from in-vitro fertilization, but due to her age, Angel decided not to use the remaining embryos. They instead decided to donate them, hoping to have more siblings for their kids. After two years there were no takers, and Angel was concerned they would go to waste, so she posted to Facebook and found a match a few weeks later.
Angel joined The Doctors over the phone and explained that she’s a stay-at-home mom who felt like posting to Facebook was pretty much her only option, since she’s stuck at home with four kids.
The Drs: Finding Unused Embryos Via Facebook
Dr Jennifer Ashton said it varies on how long the embryos can last, but they can be kept for up to 10 years. The technology is evolving so it may become even longer. Dr Ashton said, “What this story underscores is there are multiple paths to parenthood.” She said it’s the kind human spirit that has enabled a couple to become parents, which wouldn’t have happened without social media and the incredible medical technology.
Dr Travis Stork clarified that they’re not frozen eggs, they’re frozen embryos, which is very unique. Rayn is the woman who adopted Angel’s unused embryos, and she explained that they built an instant friendship. She said the children would grow up together and build a true relationship, sort of like an open adoption.
Dr Ashton said the process can get very complicated when it comes to emotions and even the legality of it all, but what’s “crystal clear” is that there is a great amount of love for this future child by two couples.