"Hi, I'm Andrea. I'm wondering if your clinic would perform an embryo transfer with embryos donated from another clinic?"
Who'd have thought that finding a fertility clinic would be so hard?
In Virginia, there were three local fertility clinics that shared one cryogenics lab - all embryo transfers were performed at the same facility. Lucky for us, they did accept embryos from another clinic.
I'm running into a slight problem here.
There are no clinics in our city. The closest is through a major central Texas hospital chain - two clinic locations each 45 minutes away in opposite directions from here. However, they do not accept embryos from another clinic.
I move on to the closest big city and continue with the phone calls. We're now looking at a 1 to 1.5 hour drive to these clinics. I've been told we're not far enough away to merit local monitoring (ultrasounds), so we'll have to make appx three trips in a single cycle. If they answer yes to my original question, that is.
I continue down my list of clinics.
"I have no idea."
I'm going to wait a day and see what responses I get back. I have three avenues left if all the "local" clinics don't pan out. Option A - radiate my search out further to the two major cities that are about 3 hours away and see if I will considered a "long distance patient" so we only have to travel a minimum number of times in the cycle. Option B - Look at the cities where my parents and my in-laws live. Be considered a "long distance patient" and tie the embryo transfers in with a family visit. Option C - Travel to the clinic where the embryos are currently stored.
While Option C supposedly knocks off $1000 to $2000 from our adoption costs, it will incur unknown travel costs (depends on where the embryos are located in the States).
On one hand, all this research is a little premature since we won't even enter into the matching stage with our embryo adoption agency until some time after Christmas. On the other hand, my type A brain needs the rough details so I can build some plans.
For the moment, I'll have to be patient, and just wait for my calls to be returned.