How a family comes to look different for everyone. Many families do things the old-fashioned way but for many others, it's not that simple. Some families adopt, some blend through marriage, and some use a fertility treatment known as In vitro fertilization, or IVF. This process is when an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro, then placed inside a woman's womb. IVF is considered common but it is also expensive and can be a difficult process.
Before a woman can remove eggs for fertilization she must undergo hormone injection treatments and women who receive fertilized eggs can often feel an immense sense of pressure and anxiety hoping to conceive. While many women have their own eggs removed and fertilized then replaced due to a variety of circumstances, other women seek donors, or rather they adopt embryos.
This miracle of science is an incredible opportunity for women who may not otherwise have the opportunity to carry babies in their womb.
Tina and Benjamin Gibson are one blessed family. Recently, couple from Tennessee made headlines when their miracle baby broke a record! Last month, Tina gave birth to a healthy baby girl... who was frozen as an embryo in 1992! At the time, Tina was only a year old infant! Today, her and her husband are very proud parents of a bouncing, baby girl, Emma Wren.
When Emma was born she weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long, and that is pretty impressive for a baby that was frozen as an embryo for over two decades! Her miraculous story has spread like wildfire throughout Tennessee and everyone has been excited to hear all the details.
Emma's story isn't just special because of how long she was a frozen embryo, she also broke a record! Specifically, Emma holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth, according to staff members at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library.