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Building Your Family: ART Professional Worksheet

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ART Professional Worksheet

Making this decision involved listening to my heart and my brain.

Choosing the right ART attorney and/or ART center will take time and research. As you consider programs, ask the relevant questions from the lists below. Keep records of each program’s answers to help you make your final decision.

Start your search by checking out BYF's ART Professionals Directory.

ART Attorneys

  • How long have you worked in ART?
  • How many ART cases do you handle a year? What percentage of your practice is devoted to ART?
  • Where are you licensed to practice?
  • What is the average cost of the cases you’ve handled?
  • Do you bill by the hour or charge a flat fee?
  • Do you require a retainer fee? If so, how much? What happens to the retainer if a cycle does not result in a live birth?
  • Will you help me find an egg donor, sperm donor, embryo donor, or gestational carrier? If not, how do we do that?
  • What happens if the egg donor or carrier doesn’t have insurance (or her insurance doesn’t cover ART)?
  • Will you manage payments to the egg donor, carrier, and others?
  • If we live in a different state from the gestational carrier, which state’s laws apply?
  • What will be covered in the contract you draw up?
  • Do you negotiate ongoing or future contact with the donor or carrier?
  • May I speak with a few current or past clients?

Donor Egg Programs

  • How long has your program been in operation?
  • How do you recruit egg donors? Will you work with a donor we’ve found?
  • What is your live birth rate?
  • Is counseling provided for the donor? For her partner?
  • What medical screenings do you perform?
  • What are the average costs? What is the fee payment structure? What services do those fees cover?
  • Will we be matched with a donor, or can we select the donor? On the basis of what criteria?
  • Do you allow for contact with the donor?
  • Will the egg retrieval take place on-site, or do you work with local physicians and hospitals?
  • Are all eggs from one donor used for one recipient or are the eggs split between recipients? If they are split how are they divided? Is there a primary recipient and a secondary recipient?
  • How many eggs are guaranteed to a recipient, and, if there are fewer, is the fee reduced?
  • How is the recipient protected in the event a donor does not take her meds or drops out of the program?
  • Do you freeze extra embryos?
  • What type of legal counsel is offered to us and to the donor?
  • Do you require that all parties enter into a donor agreement?
  • Do you maintain medical histories of the donors or the children?
  • Do you have a registry for the donor and the child to exchange information when the child reaches maturity?
  • May I speak with a few current or past clients?

Donor Embryo Programs

  • How long has your program been in operation?
  • How do you recruit embryo donors? Will you work with a donor couple we’ve found?
  • What are the average costs? What is the fee payment structure?
  • Do you have criteria regarding religion, marital status, or sexual orientation of the intended parents?
  • Will we be matched with the donor couple, or can we select them? On the basis of what criteria?
  • Where will the embryo transfer take place?
  • Do you allow for contact with the donors?
  • Will we be told about other children conceived from the donor couple’s embryos?
  • What happens to any excess embryos?
  • What type of legal counsel is offered to us and to the donors?
  • Do you require that all parties enter into a donor agreement?
  • Do you maintain medical histories of the donors or the children?
  • Do known donors typically ask for updates?
  • Do you have a registry for the donors and the child to exchange information when the child reaches maturity?
  • May I speak with a few current or past clients?

Gestational Surrogacy Programs

  • How long has your program been in operation?
  • How do you recruit surrogates?
  • What medical screenings do you perform? Do you test the surrogate and her partner?
  • What are the average costs? What is the fee payment structure?
  • How are surrogates’ expenses handled? Is there a cap on these expenses?
  • Does the program offer psychological screening and counseling to all parties, including the carrier’s partner?
  • Will the IVF and other medical procedures take place on-site, or do you work with local physicians and hospitals?
  • How many babies have been born through the program?
  • What kind of contact between the surrogate and the couple is typical?
  • Can we be present at the birth?
  • What type of legal counsel is offered to us and to the surrogate?
  • Do you offer adoption finalization services, if needed?
  • If the carrier does not get pregnant over a certain number of cycles, what is your refund policy?
  • If the carrier has a pregnancy loss, what are our financial obligations?
  • Is the fee different if the carrier has a multiple pregnancy?
  • Does the program maintain medical histories of the surrogates or the children?
  • Do you have a registry for the carrier and the child to exchange information when the child reaches maturity?
  • May I speak with a few current or past clients?

SOURCES: RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association; Meryl Rosenberg of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.