After struggling with infertility, many couples create families through embryo adoption

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - November is National Adoption Month -- and for many couples who struggle with infertility, adoption is the answer to having a bigger family.

Now, an amazing procedure is allowing mothers the ability to both adopt, and to give birth.  It's through frozen embryo adoptions.

Leslie Hollowell is originally from north Alabama.  Our sister station in Memphis, WREG, spoke with Hollowell and her husband, and other couples about their journey with embryo adoption.

"We were just looking at different things and in one week I heard three different things about embryo adoptions," Leslie Hollowell said.

"I was very nervous do we want to go down this road , but I would not trade it for anything in the world," added Ron Hollowell.

Embryo adoption allows you to legally adopt embryos left over from someone else's In vitro fertilization.  The Hollowells adopted through the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville and got pregnant on their first try.

Their son, Hudson, is now 4.

Right now there are hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos, but not all are available for adoption.  The cost of an embryo adoption is $6,000 - $10,000 which is cheaper than IVF and most infant adoptions.  For more information on embryo adoptions go to, or