Shared Beginnings Program Director
Atlantic Shared Beginnings is a unique program which focuses on affordability and patient access to donor eggs. After acceptance into the program, the patient chooses a sperm source which can be a chosen donor or her own partner and her egg donor. The program offers a guaranteed pregnancy or three embryo transfers. Embryos transferred are good-quality day-five blastocysts. If your eggs do not fertilize or your embryos do not develop, we will provide more eggs to meet the pregnancy or three-transfer guarantee.
The program will fertilize only a minimal number of oocytes during time of fertilization at the discretion of the Center with the intention of obtaining a single embryo for frozen embryo transfer. If failed fertilization occurs after six oocytes are injected via ICSI, an alternate sperm source must be chosen to continue in the program. If failed blastocyst development occurs with two different donor egg sources, an alternate sperm source must be chosen to continue with the program. If more than one blastocyst results from a single fertilization attempt, frozen blastocysts will be transferred for subsequent frozen embryo transfers within the program terms prior to fertilization of new oocytes. If recipient elects to transfer two blastocysts with physician approval, the two-blastocyst transfer will count as two of the three transfers within the program terms. If embryo(s) remain after program completion or program graduation, the embryos may be used by the patient for future treatments and will be excluded from Shared Beginnings program fees. Center will charge the patient separately, and treatments will be billed as itemized fees.
Genetic testing is not included in the Shared Beginnings programs fee, but recipients may elect to add genetic testing services to their plan. This option can be discussed during your new patient appointment.
Our donors are young, healthy women who have agreed to donate their eggs to allow another to reach dreams of pregnancy. At Shared Beginnings, we believe the patient should choose her egg donor, not have one chosen for her. Once accepted into the program, recipients will be given access to available egg donor profiles and photos and can choose from the comfort of their own home.
Atlantic Shared Beginnings is so confident that you will achieve pregnancy, we offer a guarantee. Traditional egg donor programs are not only much more expensive, but they can be risky. There is no guarantee the eggs will fertilize or result in viable embryos. Shared Beginnings egg donor program recipients are guaranteed pregnancy or three embryo transfers, whichever comes first. This guarantee is so strong that our patients can move forward with confidence that they will reach embryo transfer with good-quality blastocysts. Program graduation takes place after pregnancy has been confirmed and you have entered the second trimester of pregnancy under the care of your OB.
The embryos will be created with the eggs and the sperm chosen by the patient. At Shared Beginnings, we value genetic ties and we encourage recipients to use partner sperm or donor sperm of their choice. A minimal number of eggs will be fertilized, and the embryos will culture in the laboratory for five days until they reach the blastocyst stage. The blastocysts will be frozen and stored in the laboratory while the recipient prepares for embryo transfer. Only good-quality embryos will be transferred to our patients.
The fee to participate in the Shared Beginnings egg donor program is $18,500. An initial non-refundable deposit of $600 will be due after the new patient consultation with a physician. The remainder of the program fee is due when the recipient chooses and secures her egg donor for treatment. Medications and some procedures are not included in the program fee and can be discussed during the initial consult with the program director.