While the end of an IVF cycle hopefully brings a baby, the question of what to do with any remaining embryos can be a tricky one to answer.
A company in Australia, Baby Bee Hummingbirds, is thinking of families in this predicament, and has found a way to turn your remaining embryos into keepsake jewelry.
*Cue the record scratch*
Now, if you’re like me, your first reaction may be a sky-high eyebrow (à la The Rock), and a garbled, incoherent mumble that hints at a question (à la your grandma before she puts her dentures in). But, after reading more about this service, it really seems like a thoughtful way to end your journey, and honor your efforts.
Though only a few cells big, these embryos represent huge sacrifices, big dreams, and tremendous amounts of love, so what does a family do once they’ve decided to stop? Storing them indefinitely is downright expensive, donating them may not feel right, and disposing of them in any other way might be emotionally out of the question.
After reading one woman’s story about how she incorporated her remaining embryos into a beautiful piece of jewelry, my eyebrow relaxed, and my garbling turned into cohesive statements of support.
To me, the idea of keepsake jewelry makes sense, but I’m also the person who has my kid’s dried out belly button stump in a Ziploc bag in my dresser. Obviously this won’t be everyone’s jam, but for others it might represent a way to gently close the door on their IVF journey.
The company, Baby Bee Hummingbirds, is also able to create keepsake jewelry pieces out of hair, placenta, cord stumps, breast milk, or even ashes. According to their site, they ship worldwide, so if keepsake jewelry seems like something you’d be interested in, check them out!