The New Hope Center’s Medical Director, Robin L. Poe-Zeigler, MD, FACOG, is the founder and Director of our Donor Embryo Program.
Our program, unlike many others, only accepts embryo donations from New Hope Center patients. This affords those patients and couples seeking to adopt donated embryos through our Program several advantages, such as:
Patients and couples, who choose to adopt donated embryos, may do so for a number of reasons. For instance, receiving donated embryos in many cases is less expensive than traditional adoption or receiving donor eggs. As well, unlike traditional adoption, adopting donated embryos allow the recipient couple to experience pregnancy related events, including early bonding;
- All donated embryos for adoption were created at and by The New Hope Center’s medical and laboratory teams, giving us more detailed information regarding the grades, quality, and potential viability of the embryos.
- All donated embryos for adoption were cryopreserved by The New Hope Center’s laboratory team, ensuring proper and equivalent methods for the thaw and preparation of those embryos will be employed at the time of transfer.
- All donated embryos for adoption are stored on-site at, and maintained by, The New Hope Center’s laboratory team, eliminating the concern with transferring/transporting the embryos from one facility to another, as well as the added costs of shipping, which can range from $150 to $500.
- All physical, medical, and in cases of genetic screening (if/when required or performed) of the donating parties whose gametes were used in the creation of the embryos for donation, will be/has been performed and/or reviewed by The New Hope Center’s medical and clinical teams.
- Our Program does not require the recipient(s) to have a “home study” performed (~$1,000 to $3,000), but instead requires a psychological evaluation (~$175 to $300).
- Our Program does not require third party/outside agency involvement. Recipient(s) working with programs that use or require a third party agency, typically incur substantial additional fees that can range from $3,000 to $8,000 (or more). These fees do not include the actual cycle fees or medications required (additional).
Advantages & Disadvantages of Adopting Donated Embryos
Patients and couples, who choose to adopt donated embryos, may do so for a number of reasons. For instance, receiving donated embryos in many cases is less expensive than traditional adoption or receiving donor eggs. As well, unlike traditional adoption, adopting donated embryos allow the recipient couple to experience pregnancy related events, including early bonding; labor and delivery; breastfeeding; etc. In addition, the process of receiving donated embryos is less visible to the public and therefore more private than traditional adoption.
While adopting donated embryos does have certain advantages, it as well, has certain drawbacks. For example, a baby born using donated embryos will have no genetic relationship with either the female patient or their partner. In addition, and likely the most prominent drawback, is that while thousands of cryopreserved embryos do exist and are stored in clinics and IVF Centers all over the world, there is only a very small number of embryos available for adoption.
There are several reasons why so few embryos are available for adoption, such as: many genetic parents simply do not wish to donate their remaining embryos; clinics and IVF Centers are unable to locate the genetic parents to acquire the necessary paperwork for the donation process, when patients have moved or relocated. Further, of the embryos that are donated, only a percentage of them are viable for donation/adoption. In some instances, embryos are disqualified for donation/adoption because the center is unable to gain or perform the necessary medical and/or genetic screening of the donating parties (genetic parents), while in others, embryos may be disqualified due to abnormal medical or genetic test results.
The unfortunate result of any/all of these instances is, currently there are many more recipients requesting and waiting to adopt donated embryos, than there are actual donated embryos up for, and viable for, adoption. The final challenge faced by clinics and IVF centers with Donor Embryo Programs, is the expense they incur to perform the necessary donor outreach, in facilitating all of the necessary screening of the genetic parents, as well as the administrative and clinical preparation of the embryos for donation, to include all consent forms for relinquishment of the embryos being donated, the matching process, coordination of psychological counseling, file maintenance, and the storage and maintenance costs associated with the cryopreserved embryos.
Dr. Robin and The New Hope Center not only understand these issues, but encounter them personally, as a result of our efforts to maintain a high quality Donor Embryo Program.
Policies and Procedures for Our Donor Embryo Program
For these reasons, The New Hope Center has established certain policies and procedures for our Donor Embryo Program. These policies are guidelines specific to The New Hope Center’s Program, and not necessarily reflective of other IVF Centers or clinics.
Patients actively considering participation in The New Hope Center’s Donor Embryo Program must first complete and submit an application to do so. Your application will be reviewed by our Third Party Reproductive Coordinator, and you will be notified of as to the status.
To learn more about The New Hope Center’s Donor Embryo Program, please review our Policies for Donor Embryo Program. To Complete and submit an application for the program, you can do so by completing the following: Donor Embryo Program Application.
We encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss this and all fertility therapy/treatment options The New Hope Center has to offer.
Our objective is to assist every New Hope Center patient with achieving their goal of starting or enlarging their family. We do our best to ensure patients have a clear understanding of their treatment options, so they are able to choose the option that will best fit their needs.
Our highly trained team of professionals is here to answer your questions and assist you with your journey. Please feel free to contact one of our Program team members should you have additional questions.