Adopting an embryo...so how much does it cost?
Here's a general breakdown of how much adopting an embryo could cost.
Varies widely and could be between $2,500 and $10,000. Could include a variety of services including embryo shipping, additional medical testing, legal fees, counseling and matching services. Additional travel expenses may be charged.
Home study/Family Assessment
This will usually be required if you're adopting the embryo through an adoption agency instead of a clinic. The assessment could cost between $1,000 and $2,500.
Clinic Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
This is the process of thawing the frozen embryo and transferring to the uterus. The costs for this procedure vary from clinic to clinic, but expect to pay between $2,500 and $5,000.
The process of embryo adoption will typically take around six to eight months.
One of the main stipulations in an embryo adoption is the mother's ability to carry a child to term. The woman may be required to get a letter from her doctor stating that there is no medical reason why she can't carry a pregnancy to term. If you're considering an embryo adoption, the first step you will need to take is to get tested to find out if you can carry a baby to term.
The recipient family needs to evaluate various embryo adoption providers. Once you've selected an adoption provider, you'll need to complete the agency's application. Then you'll need to find a fertility clinic that can complete the embryo transfer for you. It's also necessary to find a home study provider so that you can get the required home study completed.
When you receive matches from the agency of your choice, review the matches. Agree to a match and fill in all the legal documents and contracts. Once this is finished and you've paid any necessary fees to date, the frozen embryos will be shipped to your chosen clinic.
When the embryos arrive, you'll need to schedule a frozen embryo transfer with the clinic. Then you'll need to wait a few weeks to find out if the embryo implanted. If all goes well, you'll have a baby in nine months.