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Central Texas couple gives birth to their adopted children

A Central Texas couple has expanded their family twice with the help of embryo adoptions. (Photo courtesy: Nix family)

A Central Texas couple has expanded their family twice with the help of embryo adoptions.

The process allowed Carrie and Jimmy Nix to give birth to their adopted children.

Nightlight Christian Adoptions calls the children born through embryo adoption "snowflake babies." After a couple undergoes in vitro fertilization and decides they are finished adding to their family, they can gift their frozen embryos to another family.

"They have full genetic siblings living in their own home already to these embryos that they will gift to another family," said Kimberly Tyson, Marketing and Programing Director.

Some gifted embryos have been frozen for as many as 18 years.

The Nix family went through the process twice and gave birth to two boys.

Carrie said she always wanted to have kids, but knew she and Jimmy could not have biological children due to his genetic disease.

"There was 50 percent chance we would've passed it on," said Carrie Nix. "We decided 50 percent was just too much."

Embryo adoption was Carrie's opportunity to experience pregnancy. It was Jimmy's chance to keep his kids from going through the pain and medical procedures he has endured.

"I got to carry them inside of me," said Carrie. "To me they're a part of me. I have never thought of them as anything other than our babies."

The cost of embryo adoption ranges from $10,000-15,000.

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