NOTE: NEDC stands for the National Embryo Donation Center. My thanks to an internet friend for proofing this fact sheet for me.
You are eligible for their program if you meet these criteria:
· Heterosexual married couple
· Married at least three years
· Undergo and pass a home study
· Preference given to those without biological children
· Adoptive mother is 45 or younger
· Combined age of the couple must not exceed 100 years
· The adoptive mother must not smoke during the application process, embryo transfer preparation and procedure process, or during pregnancy.
· Travel to Knoxville, TN two or more times for your first transfer
o Initial consultation and mock transfer
o Actual FET
o All monitoring may be done at the patient’s local clinic
· FET’s are performed one week a month, in odd numbered months
· Average of six to eight month wait from scheduling initial consult to actual FET. Longest wait is from first contact to initial consult. Home study delays could delay whole process. If doing open adoption, the process may take a little longer to work out open agreements.
· You may be able to start and proceed with the application process if your home study is not yet completed. However, an approved home study is required before they will match you, or allow you to have a transfer.
· In short, the NEDC estimated cost is $5022 for your first FET. This price does not include your home study or medicine, nor does it include any open adoption fees (optional).
· If your first transfer is not successful, you may return for up to two more tries per pregnancy. Each additional transfer currently costs appx $3000.
· If you return for transfer of a sibling, your program fee will be reduced.
· There is also a donor fee that can vary greatly depending on the cost the donors would like reimbursed (such as shipping fees, lab testing, storage fees, etc.). The cost is usually not known until the match is complete.
· There is a large pool of embryos available and ready to be matched at NEDC. All embryos have already been shipped to NEDC so you do not need to find your own match.
· They have a moderate amount of multi-ethnic embryos (there is limited availability of these nationwide – NEDC seems to have more than average). Ethnic/multi-ethnic embryos are usually reserved for families of the same ethnicity or family make-up (such as in families with multi-ethnic adoptions).
· Anonymous donation – NEDC will send you basic info on all sets meeting your criteria. You narrow the list down to a smaller number. Then NEDC sends you more information on the embryo sets. You make your choice. Genetic family does not participate in matching process.
· Open donation – NEDC will send you appx ten detailed profiles for perusal. You choose your top match. Genetic family is notified and must give approval.
· The majority of the waiting embryo sets are from anonymous donors. All prices listed are for their anonymous program. Because NEDC is a clinic, they outsource for open adoption agreements and mediation between parties. These are available for additional fees. An Open Donation Agreement (ODA) is required for families pursuing open adoptions at NEDC. NEDC works with The National Fertility Support Center to provide open adoption and ODA services. Currently the fee for up to two ODA’s for the first transfer is $2700. Additional ODA for a subsequent transfer is $1600 and $900 after that. Currently, post-birth mediation is available for $299 a year. See http://www.embryodonation.org/pdf/nfscFees.pdf for details.
· No selective reduction is allowed.
· No surrogates.
· Potential adoptive families are allowed three FET attempts to achieve a full term pregnancy. If no pregnancy is achieved after three FET’s, they need to seek elsewhere.
· If there are already adopted children in the household who have a semi-open or open relationship with their first parents, then all matches through NEDC must also be semi-open or open.
· At each transfer, you must have at least five or six embryos adopted/reserved. If your primary set does not consist of enough embryos, you must choose a back-up set. If two sets are chosen, they must be complimentary openness, either both anonymous or both open.
· As mentioned previously, you are allowed three FET attempts per pregnancy. If you have not achieved a live birth after three transfers but you still have embryos adopted/reserved, they will be returned to the program.