Donated Embryo Programs
Are you looking for fertility treatment options to help start or expand your family? The New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Clinic offers a donor embryo program in Virginia Beach, VA that might be the solution for you! We provide affordable embryo donation services for patients and couples who are seeking to adopt donated embryos. For more information, call us today and schedule a consultation.
DONATED EMBRYO PROGRAM at The New Hope Center
Donor Embryo outreach and the facilitation of all required FDA and other medical screening of the genetic parents who have donated their embryos, involves a significant amount of time and expense. Initially, this expense is absorbed by the clinic, but is later assumed by the Recipients who elect to participate in the Program and receive these embryos. Recipient Patients/Couples assume this cost by paying the clinic’s Program and/or Facilitation Fees.
Please see the information below specific to The New Hope Center’s Donated Embryo Program, its Fees, Terms, Limitations, and any Exceptions:
1. Program/Facilitation Fees:
Application Fee: $100.00 – *Applicable to New Patients – only
- All intended Recipient Patients/Couples, must complete and submit an Application for acceptance and participation into the Donor Embryo Program.
- Fee is non-refundable and is not billed/filed to any insurances.
2. Profile Review Fee: $250.00 -not billed to any insurances
- a. Intended Recipient Patients/Couples, pay this fee prior to receiving Donated Embryo Profiles for review and selection
- b. Fee is non-refundable and is not billed/filed to any insurances.
3. Reserve/Acceptance Fee: $1,250 -not billed to any insurances
- a. Upon acceptance of a Profile/Set of donated embryos, the Intended Recipient Patient/Couple, pays the Reserve & Acceptance Fee, prior to NHC “reserving/holding” the embryos for their use.
- b. Fee is non-refundable, not billed/filed to any insurances, and covers the costs for reserving and storing the embryos in anticipation for the treatment cycle.
4. Facilitation Fee: $5,200.00 -not billed to any insurances
- a. On or before “Baseline Day” – the Recipient Patient/Couple must pay the Facilitation Fee.
- b. Fee is non-refundable, is not filed to any insurances, and covers the costs of all clinical and administrative services, which include the testing and relinquishment process of the genetic parents, psychological counseling, matching process, and file maintenance.
Recipient Patient/Couple – OTHER Fees:
5. Recipient Patient/Couple Screening – only billed to insurance if patient’s policy covers Fertility Testing
- a. Recipient(s) require certain pre-cycle medical testing, prior to the Treatment Cycle, including:i. Blood work
- ii. Uterine cavity evaluation/prep – i.e. Sono-HSG and/or Hysteroscopy (HSC)
- iii. “Baseline Visit” – includes Ultrasound, KOH/Wet prep, UU Cultures, medication instructions/teaching.
- b. Recipient(s) pay the Lab (i.e. LabCorp or Sentara) for “i”, and NHC for “ii and iii”.
Treatment Cycle Fees*:
6. Treatment Cycle – Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET): *$3,550 – only billed to insurance if patient’s plan covers “DONOR” Services (most do not)
a. Recipient(s) pay the cost of an FET treatment cycle. The cycle includes:
i. One (1) – ultrasound and E2 (estradiol level)
ii. One (1) – catheter fitting (trial transfer)
iii. One (1) – thaw and prep of frozen embryos, and
iv. One (1) – embryo transfer procedure
b. Some patients may require or request additional services, such as AZH (assisted hatching), or PGS-testing. If/when provided, the Recipient pays the fees for such additional service(s). These fees are separate from that of the FET cycle.
i. AZH = *$600
ii. PGS Testing – *speak with a NHC Financial Counselor to discuss fees for this service.
7. Recipient(s) Medications:
- a. Medications are not included in the cost of the treatment cycle. Recipient pays the pharmacy direct, for all medications. Some pharmacy plans do cover certain medications required, such as Estrogen or Estrace and Progesterone. Those typically not covered are Luteal Lupron (Lupron kit). Patients with preferred pharmacy or benefits, please notify our staff, and we’ll order your supplies and medications accordingly.
Program Limitations & Exceptions:
NHC’s Program is limited in and by the following:
1. The number of donated embryos is limited to a/one “set”:
- a. A “Set” = Two (2) donated embryos [occasionally three (3) -based on embryo quality & the number available of a given Profile]
2. The Number of Treatment Cycles – Per Lifetime / Per Recipient(s):
- a. MAXIMUM #Number of Cycles = One (1) treatment cycle.
3. Timeframe for Proceeding with Cycle:
- a. Recipient(s) have ninety (90) days, from the date of acceptance of a Set of Donated Embryos, in which to proceed and complete their treatment cycle. – i.e. embryos must be thawed/prepped and an embryo transfer completed.
EXCEPTION TO #2 of Program Limitations– “Number of Treatment Cycles”:
- Occasionally the Number of Embryo Sets available at NHC, may exceed the Number of Recipients “waiting”. Should this occur, a Recipient “may” be permitted to engage in a 2nd treatment cycle, using a 2nd Set of Donated Embryos.
- Requests of this kind must be approved by the Program Director, and are considered on a case by case basis.
- Fees associated with a 2nd cycle, include all except #1 and #2 on page one of this document. i.e. the only fees not charged for a 2nd cycle are: the Application fee and the Profile Review Fee.
The New Hope Center’s Medical Director, Robin L. Poe-Zeigler, MD, FACOG, is the founder and Director of our Donor Embryo Program.
The New Hope Center’s Donated Embryo Program, unlike many others, only accepts embryo donations from New Hope Center patients. This affords patients and couples seeking to adopt donated embryos several advantages.
Advantages of New Hope Center’s Program:
- All 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.
Were cryopreserved by our laboratory team, which ensures proper and equivalent methods for the thaw and preparation of the embryos will be employed at the time of transfer.
Are stored on-site and maintained by, our laboratory team, which eliminates any concerns or to transfer/transport the embryos from one facility to another. Shipping costs alone can range from $150 to $500.
- All physical, medical, and genetic screening (if/when required or performed) of the donating parties whose gametes were used in the creation of the embryos, will be (or has been) performed and reviewed by our physician and medical team.
- Does not require recipient(s) to complete a “home study” (~$1,000 to $3,000), but rather only requires a psychological evaluation (~$175 to $300).
- Does not require any a third party or outside agency involvement. Recipient(s) working such programs, typically incur substantial fees that range from $3,000 to $8,000 (or more), and do not include the actual procedures or medications required for the Embryo Transfer.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Adopting Donated Embryos in General:
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 has certain advantages, it can also have certain drawbacks. For example, a baby born from donated embryos will have no genetic relationship with either the female patient or their partner. And, likely the most prominent drawback, is that although thousands of frozen embryos exist and are stored in clinics and IVF Centers all over the world, there is only a very small number of embryos made available for adoption.
Read More: Reasons so few embryos are available
There are many reasons why so few embryos are available to adopt. 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 relocate. Further, of the embryos that are donated, only a percentage are viable for donation/adoption. In some instances, embryos are disqualified for adoption because the center is unable to acquire (or perform) the necessary medical and/or genetic screening of the genetic parents, while in others cases, abnormal medical or genetic test results will disqualify the embryos.
The unfortunate result of these instances is, currently more recipients requesting and waiting to adopt donated embryos exist than the actual number of donated embryos available or viable for adoption. The final challenge is faced by the clinics and IVF centers themselves, who must absorb the expense to perform the necessary donor outreach and the required screening of the genetic parents, which includes the administrative and clinical costs for preparing the embryos to be donated, the matching process with recipient(s), file maintenance, and the cost of storing and maintaining the frozen embryos until adopted.
New Hope Center’s Donor Embryo Program has been active for more than 15 years, and unlike many programs, it does have a fair number of donated embryos for adopting patients or couples. Dr. Robin, and the New Hope team, are meticulous in their efforts to maintain a Donor Embryo Program of the highest quality.
New Hope Center’s Policies and Procedures:
The policies and procedures established by The New Hope Center are for our Donor Embryo Program, and are not necessarily reflective of other IVF Centers or clinics. The first step for patients wanting to participate is to complete and submit an application. The application is reviewed, and you will be notified of the status, within seven business days (or less) from submission.
We encourage patients to contact our office and schedule a consultation to discuss Donated Embryos, or one of the other fertility therapy options available at The New Hope Center.
Our objective is to assist every New Hope patient and couple, with achieving their goal for a family. We do our best to ensure each patient has a clear understanding of their treatment options, so they can select the option that best fits their individual needs.
Our team is here to answer your questions and assist with your journey. Please feel free to ask us from the contact us form if you have additional questions. We serve patients from Virginia Beach VA, Rudee Heights VA, Lynnhaven VA, Linkhorn Estates VA and Dam Neck VA.