Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Clinic's Info

Embryo Adoption at NCCRM Print E-mail
bab096lhMany people have considered adoption as a way to build their families. Whether you've exhausted your fertility treatments or you want to open your heart to raising a child that's not biologically yours, there are some options you may not have thought about.

In general, traditional adoption can cost anywhere from $5000 to $40,000, or more. Embryo adoption through NCCRM costs between $3000 and $5500 and you get to experience the bond of pregnancy and childbirth.

At NCCRM, we currently have embryos ready to be matched to couples who want to build their families. These embryos are cryopreserved and have been released to NCCRM by current and former NCCRM patients who have completed building their families but would like to help other couples who, for whatever reason, cannot use their own eggs and sperm. The pregnancy rates for embryo transfers is very good and the whole process is considerably more affordable and less complicated than traditional adoption. Also, with embryo adoption, you do not have to do a home study as is required by traditional adoption.

As a recipient couple of an embryo adoption, you also get to experience the miracle of pregnancy and the excitement of delivering a baby. In addition, you have confidence during your pregnancy because you would have the opportunity to make sure you are getting proper pre-natal care, good nutrition, exercise and rest.

The Process:
Adopting couples need to fill out an Embryo Adoption Application to help NCCRM's staff in the matching process. They should bring this application to their first consultation with our doctors.

  • Application - click here to download application
  • Initial Consultation
  • Saline Ultrsound
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Bloodwork, including HIV testing to be done close to embryo transfer
  • Matching done by NCCRM staff
  • Transfer of frozen embryos
  • Monitoring visits
  • Pregnancy test

Pricing for Embryo Adoption at NCCRM:

Monitoring Visits:
(Expect 2 to 3 visits)

  • Ultrasound $155 each
  • Ultrasound & E2 $225 each

Frozen Embryo Transfer:

  • Thawing of embryos $250
  • Prep of embryos for transfer $250
  • Embryo transfer $825

Other Charges:

  • Medical Screening - $600 - $1000
  • Patient Education Class - $65 per couple (Tuesdays -10:30 am & Thursdays 1:30 pm)
  • Psychological Evaluation - $250 (Mondays & Thursdays)
  • Saline Ultrasound and Endometrial Biopsy - $500 - $1500
  • Coordination Fee - $750
  • Pregnancy Test - $78
  • Medications - price varies and is paid directly to pharmacy

Approximate Total: $3950 - $5075
**Many insurance companies will pay for some of the diagnostic tests. Please speak with our financial department to determine your exact costs.**

City Jen's Embryo Adoption Story

Here is our story summarized by Nancy Cambria in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper on the front page, lead article for Sunday, February 14, 2010. For more details, please visit my personal blog: Jens' Adoption Blessings and review previous posts.

Anna is in the blue outfit and Sarah is in the pink.

Embryo adoption plants a complex family tree

Friday, February 19, 2010

CNY Fertility Center-Embryo Donation Program


Please CLICK HERE & go to their website as their clinic has NEW EMBRYO DONOR PROFILES available to look at!

The following is quoted from CNY Fertility Centers web page-

"We are happy to announce that we now have new Embryo Donor Profiles available to view. You will need a password to view the details of the male and/or female profiles, although basic information is viewable without the password.

To obtain the password, please call the Syracuse Office at this toll free number 800.539.9870or send an email to Patricia Breh at"

We hope this helps someone out!

CLICK HERE for clinics that offer embryo donation!


We are participating in SHOW US YOUR LIFE-Ministry at Kelly's Corner.

As we've said before, we BOTH promised one another and the good Lord that if our embryo adoptions "worked". We would advocate for the 400,000 embryos "FROZEN IN TIME" out there and waiting for a womb.

We would LOVE to help anyone with support through your embryo adoption journey whether you are just getting started, have had a loss, are pregnant, or are in the waiting stage.

We have both learned a TON through our journeys and have been able to lift each other up mentally and spiritually.

Please EMAIL US and let us know how we can help you. Whether it is just praying for you or trying to get you contacts for embryo adoption. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU....TO SERVE GOD AND YOU.

We would LOVE to have you experience the JOY we have experience in our 3 precious girls!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Costs & Types of Embryo Adoption/Donation

WHY WE CHOSE Embryo Adoption....Country Jen style...

Embryo adoption/donation IS NOT IVF. It is simply a frozen embryo transfer.

After much discussion and prayer, we decided that we did not want to create embryos that were not "ALL US" meaning either 1/2 DH+ 1/2 donor or 1/2 Me + 1/2 donor AND we did not want to be in the same predicament and create embryos only to have to decide where our "extra" embryos would go as we only desired ONE pregnancy.

Because of all these factors, we were led straight to embryo adoption.

Focus on the Family and many other Christian organizations support and encourage embryo adoption. It obviously didn't matter to The Captain or I whether it was our biological child or not-we were actually thrilled that this child would be adopted just like our 6 littles! Many couples agonize over what to do with their remaining embryos after IVF. There are 3 choices. Donate them to another couple, destroy them or donate them for research.We started doing research and found that embryo adoption can cost anywhere from $3,000 up to $20,000.

There are basically 4 ways I know of to do embryo adoption. I will list them from most expensive to least expensive.

You can adopt your embryos through an agency like Snowflakes which is the most expensive way but they are experienced and pioneered embryo adoption. You can choose either open or closed adoptions. Home study required. $12,000-$16,000. According to Snowflakes website as of 2-15-10, their program fee is $8,000. Additional costs include your home study fee and frozen embryo transfer fees estimated at $4,000-$8,000 for a total of $12,000-$16,000.

You can go through NEDC (National Embryo Donation Center). You must travel to their clinic in Tennessee twice once before your transfer and once for the transfer and get your home study through Bethany Christian Services. Total Cost $4600-$7,000 with an extra $3,000 if you want an open adoption.

You can go through an infertility clinics anonymous donation program. Fees from $3,000++ No home study required. Click here for clinics that offer embryo adoption.

Miracles Waiting. Which is what we both Jen's did. For $150-you post a profile and perspective donors read through and email you if they are interested. Some donors are also listed and you can contact them. Although we got chosen in just 9 days-many people wait over a year or more. Our cost $3800

I hope this helps to clarify the costs of some of this. It is all in how God leads your family. ALL EMBRYOS ARE LIFE so no matter which way you go, you are saving a life!

Country Jens Embryo Adoption Journey..

COUNTRY JEN'S Embryo Adoption Journey at a glance....

1990-DD born no complications

2002-Married DH & with my endo we went straight to RE & found zero sperm and adopted our 6 children

March 2009-decide to give TTC one last shot!

April 2009-DH testicular biposy

May 2009-DH azoospermia decide to move to Embryo Adoption

May 2009-discouraged & decided NOT to go with NEDC-can't get in til Feb 2010

May 2009-LMP start continuous BCP's

June 6, 2009-Signed up with Miracles Waiting

June 15, 2009-MATHCED! In just 9 days! With our 6 embies through MW GOD IS GOOD!

June 16, 2009-Phone consult with new RE

June 20, 2009-Donors consult with our RE

June 24, 2009-Saline ultarsound-GREAT UTERUS but 2 cysts on left ovary

July 7, 2009-started bi-weekly acupunctureJuly 16, 2009-LAST BCP!!!

July 17, 2009-Meds deliveredJuly 21, 2009-First U/S, blood work and delestrogen shot

July 28, 2009-2nd U/S looks perfect-9mm lining and trilamenar. POSSIBLE hydrosalpinx found. If hydrosalpinx-pregnancy decreases by 50%.

July 29, 2009-Up to .3 delestrogen injection.

August 4, 2009-U/S-hydrosalpinx increased in size

August 6, 2009-FET cycle cancelled until after surgery to remove left fallopian tube

August 10, 2009-surgery to remove "jacked up" fallopian tube.

September 6, 2009-AF ARRIVES!September 24-baseline u/s lab

September 25-last BCP

September 29 & October 2-.2 delestrogen

October 5-u/s lab 8mm lining estrogen 392

October 6 & 9- .25 delestrogenOctober 12-u/s lab 9.2mm lining progesterone 0.2

October 16-repeat u/s 12mm lining progesterone 0.4

Oct0ber 13 & 16-delestrogen

October 17- add 1 cc progesterone injection, docycycline, medrol, baby aspirin

October 18-2cc progesterone for the duration

OCTOBER 22, 2009-FET of 1 5AAA hatching blast and 1 4AAA expanded blast.

OCTOBER 27, 2009-first beta 14! I'm PREGNANT! EDD- July 10, 2010

November 2nd-2nd BETA 196!

November 4th-3rd BETA 331!

November 6th-4th BETA 920!!

November 16th-1st ultrasound-1 PERFECT HEART BEAT Seen & HEARD!

Total Cost $3,800

To check out my embryo adoption journey in more detail CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY PERSONAL BLOG!

Please feel free to
email us with ANY QUESTIONS about embryo adoption! Our goal is to help anyone we can!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Our Friendship Began...

It all began with Country Jen's profound comment, "Wow-fun times!" left on my blog, the fateful morning of April 27, 2009.

A few comments on my blog later, on May 13, 2009, I emailed Country Jen:


Thanks so much for all of your comments. I would love to hear your story. Do you really have 7 blessings? I just LOVE your email address!!! My husband keeps trying to tell me his quiver is full, but he has been saying that as we added the last 3 lights of his life, so I do not put much faith in his comments-lol!!! I did ask God to make this a bit easier on me by softening his heart. That request did seem to work- Friends do tell me that there is a time when your hearts are full, so I am trusting that I will reach that point, probably after I deliver a baby or two.

Hope to hear from you soon!!!


After reading Country Jen's blog, I was so impressed that she had adopted six children- each whom was exposed to drugs before birth. I knew she was someone very special that I would like to get to know better.

Before long, we were emailing each other and talking on the phone all of the time. WE TALK EVERY DAY NOW & we both panic if we can't reach each other.

In fact, she was one of the first three people I called after finding out our Embryo Adoption Transfer was successful with BOTH embryos implanting and growing!!!

We both PROMISED and Vowed to one another and to God, that if our babies implanted, we would become the voice for the 400,000+ frozen embryos still waiting for a womb to call their own. Our dream is to advocate, tell our story and the world of the miracle of embryo adoption!

And the rest is history!!!!