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Receiving Embryos: Process

1. Complete introductory education and obtain medical approval for embryo donation.

These courses provide a good background to the history and processes associated with embryo donation.

Meet with your REI (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) specialist to discuss the medical aspects of embryo donation and obtain medical approval to proceed with embryo donation and pregnancy.


2. Preparation and Assessment

    • Participate in an Individual Assessment with a counselor from the National Fertility Support Center.  These meetings will include preparation for and education regarding Embryo Donation (generally 3 to 5 sessions).  Sessions will occur by phone for those residing outside of the West Michigan area and cover in-depth discussions of the medical, legal and relationship aspects associated with embryo donation.  Participate in counseling and educational activities that prepare a couple for the individual choices and options associated with embryo donation, including those related to openness, medical process, family connections, etc.Sessions are individualized to assess and support your unique infertility journey and personal situation. This participation fulfills the educational component required of Home Study Assessments and is required for all embryo recipients.
    • Upon request, you will be connected for a one on one discussion opportunity to consult by phone with embryo donors and/or recipients that have completed the embyro donation process. 
    • Submit REI Recommendation Letter:
        • Acquire Medical Assessment and Recommendation: Meet with your REI (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) specialist to ascertain infertility diagnosis, discuss the medical aspects of embryo donation and obtain medical approval to proceed with embryo donation and pregnancy.
    • Complete the (on-line) Home Study Assessment Preparation Course.    This course takes the mystery out of the home study assessment process and relieves the concerns many express about this process.  It is available at no cost by using the coupon code provided to you by your NFSC worker following receipt of your preliminary application.  It is taken on line and is available for your review 24/7.
    • Complete and submit a Home Study Assessment through the agency of your choice.  The Home Study process qualifies a couple for traditional adoption, assesses readiness for parenting, and provides a general foundation of education and understanding about raising a child who is genetically related to another family.  This home study serves a dual purpose in that it also can be used to pursue a traditional adoption (of a born child).  This adds significant cost effectiveness to this process and allows those that wish to pursue a concurrent embryo and traditional adoption plan simultaneously, if approved for such.

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Completion of these activities can occur simultaneously. Once you have completed the  assessment and education process, and have been approved for embryo donation, you will begin the process of ...


3.Creating Your Family:

    • Family Profile: You will engage in individual consultation with a Fertility Counselor that prepares, assists, and supports couples in their creation of a family profile.
    • Communication Exchange and Match Preferences: You will discuss and select the levels of openness options and donor characteristics that are the best fit for your embryo donation and adoption match.
    • Profile Review and Exchange
    • Matching Process 
    • Legal Agreement
    • Medical Facilitation and Clinic Communication Exchange
    • Finalization of Embryo Transfer Process Arrangements
    • The Embryo Transfer Process