Pathway 1 guarantees you will achieve a pregnancy or have up to three blastocysts available for transfer, whichever comes first. You select an egg donor. The day of her retrieval a small number of fresh eggs will be fertilized. The resulting embryo(s) will be cryopreserved, and you will then begin preparing for your Frozen Embryo Transfer. After the transfer, a pregnancy test will be performed. If you are not pregnant, you will have two more good quality blastocysts available. Only the first transfer is included in the Pathway fee.
If more than one embryo develops with the fertilization and you achieve pregnancy with your first transfer, any remaining embryo(s) belong to you. After program graduation you can elect to have those embryos stored for future use.
If a good quality embryo does not develop with the first fertilization attempt, more eggs will be fertilized at no extra charge.
Yes, childhood and current photos are available to recipients who are accepted into the program as well as other information about the donor’s health and personality.
Many times, this may be possible. This is only possible if there are eggs available from your previous donor for the subsequent transfer or if your donor is willing to cycle again. We will always try to accommodate these requests but cannot guarantee them.
This Shared Beginnings pathway guarantees pregnancy or up to three good blastocysts available for transfer, with the first transfer included in the fee. If your donor eggs do not fertilize, we will attempt fertilization again with another subset of eggs. Failed fertilization does not count as one of your transfers.
With Pathway 1 genetic testing (PGT) is not an option due to the minimal number of eggs fertilized at a time. We do have two pathways Pathway 2 and Pathway 4 that easily allow for testing. In addition to those two, Pathway 3, the Donor/Donor Embryo Pathway, some of the donors have already been tested. This option can be discussed with the program director or the physician at your initial appointment.
Yes. If additional eggs are available from your donor, cohorts of 6-8 vitrified eggs can be purchased for $14,000 after program graduation. This option is not part of this Shared Beginnings pathway. Successful transfer is not guaranteed. Plan on discussing this further with the program director or your physician at your initial appointment.
Many of our patients travel to our Raleigh, North Carolina offices to participate in Shared Beginnings Pathways to Pregnancy and Parenthood. Although travel expenses are not included in the pathway prices, the affordability of the program makes travel a possibility for most patients. Many steps of the program can be completed away from the clinic. You will however have to travel to the clinic for some appointments. Click here for nearby Raleigh-Durham hotel options.
A single blastocyst transfer at a time is recommended. The physicians will discuss the best options for a healthy pregnancy with you.
With Pathway 1 you cannot, but if working with a clinic of your choosing is important to you, with Pathways 2 and Pathway 4 embryos can be created at Shared Beginnings and shipped to your clinic for the transfers. This option can be discussed with the program director to make sure the transfer and shipping goes smoothly.
The Shared Beginnings Pathway Fees are a discounted bundle package and cannot be billed to insurance. We cannot provide itemized statements to patients.
Yes, however not all donor sperm meets the criteria to be used in Shared Beginnings Pathways. Discuss this further at your new patient consultationyour new patient consultation with the Program Director.
Our patients know what they want. When you sign up for a Shared Beginnings Pathway you will be given a list of egg donors to choose from for creating an embryo that fits your family. We will work closely with you and help you through the selection process.
Many previous test results can be used and will not have to be repeated. Your records will be reviewed and we will discuss which will need to be repeated and why.