Embaby refers to an embryo that has been created as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. This term of endearment is a combination of the words 'embryo' and 'baby' that is used to reflect the emotional investment involved for many individuals who undergo the complex process of IVF.
The term may be used to refer to an embryo growing in a lab, a fresh embryo ready for transfer, a frozen embryo in storage, a donated embryo, an embryo after transfer during the two-week wait before a pregnancy test is taken or for any remaining embryos after a family is complete.
Embabies is the plural form of embaby.
FertilitySmarts explains Embaby
Reaching the point of the process where one or more embryos exist to transfer is many steps into the process of IVF. Creating an embryo that can be transferred is an integral part of the process and an important milestone. Some clinics even offer their patients pictures of their embryos.
More Than Just An Embryo
Many people feel attached to their embryos because of what they are—a potential child. For people who have decided to grow their family with IVF, it is likely their only route to having a biological child.
Terms of endearment are not universally accepted within online infertility communities. Some feel that using cutesy, sugary terms like embaby disregards the importance and gravity of the procedures they have had to endure.
However, there are others who encourage the use of these terms, as they can bring a sense of lightness and hope to what can be a daunting process.