Embryo Recipients

Embryo Recipient Information
The following information outlines the steps for patients utilizing anonymous donated embryos for the goal of pregnancy.

Physician Appointment

Existing patients need a consult with their Fertility Center physician to discuss donor embryo before proceeding.  New patients must schedule a new patient appointment with one of the Fertility Center physicians to discuss the donor embryo recipient program—we request a copy of your current medical history from your physician’s office prior to this appointment.

Counseling

The next step is to schedule an appointment with our fertility counselor to discuss the emotional and psychological issues related to using a third party to achieve a pregnancy. There is no charge for this appointment.  If the female recipient has a male or female partner, he/she is also required to be present for the appointment.  This appointment is only available in our Grand Rapids, Michigan office.

Deposit

Once you are sure that you want to use donor embryos to achieve a pregnancy, your next step is to contact our billing department (616.988.2229 ext. 102) to place a deposit for this program. Once your deposit has been paid, the billing department will contact the Donor Coordinator RN’s to schedule your nurse consult appointment.

Nurse Consultation

After your deposit is paid, a nurse consultation is required to review the medical aspects of the program, required testing, embryo selection, and consents.  If you have a male or female partner, he/she is also required to attend the nurse consultation.  The cost of the nurse consult is covered by your deposit. This appointment is only available at our Grand Rapids, Michigan office.

Embryo Donor Screening

Embryo donors contact us to inquire about the possibility of donating their remaining embryos to an anonymous couple. We then determine if they are an eligible couple based on their medical history, number of embryos available to donate, pregnancy outcomes, etc. The physicians approve of the donating couple and then we contact them to complete an online history form for each biological parent. If an egg or sperm donor were used to create the embryos, the office will enter that information into the online system. Once their history forms are complete, they schedule an appointment with our counselor to discuss their desire to donate the remaining embryos and potential emotional issues that accompany this decision. At this appointment, we ask if they are willing to have repeat testing/FDA screening done (blood tests) and they complete an FDA screening questionnaire. They sign their consent to donate their embryos and we make the embryos “available” in our online database. We require all recipient couples to live at least 30 miles apart from the donating couple. Embryo donors can also put requirements/criteria for what type of patient their embryos can be matched with. You will see these notes on the profile information.

Selecting Donor Embryos

Once your testing has been completed, the Donor Coordinator RN will give you the link to our Donor Database, and a password to be able to view our available sets of donated embryos. You will see how many embryos are available and all the details we can share on this website/database. There are new sets of embryos added from time to time so you will want to log in approximately every other week to view any new profiles. The amount of time that it takes to select a set of embryos is up to you! Once you have a set of embryos you’d like to move forward with, you will “select” the set and it automatically sends us an email and removes that donor embryo set out of the database. We will contact you to coordinate the timing of the procedure. We will need to know the date of your last menstrual period (LMP). We then notify the billing department that you have selected a set of embryos to reserve for your use and your storage fees will begin quarterly on this date.

Donor Embryo Transfer Cycle

Most embryo recipient medication protocols involve Lupron injections and estrace pills by mouth.  Closer to procedure time, you will also take an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory medication, valium, and progesterone (either by intramuscular injection or vaginal suppository)

Legal Issues

There are currently no laws relating to donor embryo transfer at this time and we cannot predict what will occur in the future.  Legal counsel may relieve any concerns you have in this matter. In Michigan, current laws state that the female delivering a baby is the legal mother and her husband is the legal father.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions about donor selection or the medical aspects of using donor embryos, please contact our Donor Coordinators at 616.988.4602.

If you have billing or cost questions, please contact Amy at (616) 988-2229, ext. 130.