November 2013 eNews
GIVF’s Donor Egg Bank Helps Complete a Military Family
When 40 year old Kelly and her husband, Doug, consulted GIVF's Dr. Sunita Kulshrestha, they learned that using donor eggs offered their best chance for pregnancy. Soon after Kelly and Doug selected a GIVF donor from Fairfax Egg Bank, GIVF’s own frozen egg bank, Doug learned that he was about to be deployed by the Army to Iraq. The couple decided that Doug should freeze sperm before he left so that Kelly could continue the process of trying to conceive while Doug was away.
Like many women who use donor eggs, Kelly conceived on the first cycle, while her husband was in Iraq. She told him the good news over Skype. "He was beside himself," she said. "GIVF was wonderful," Kelly added, "and did everything possible to help include Doug in the process even though he wasn't here. GIVF arranged for Doug to watch special ultrasounds over Skype. Thanks to them, he got to be part of it all even though he was deployed."
Doug returned from Iraq in time to be present when Kelly delivered their first son, Zachary, who is now two and a half years old.
Delighted with their first experience using frozen donor eggs, Doug and Kelly decided to try to give Zachary a biologically related sibling. "We had one frozen embryo and were able to use that to conceive another child," she says. "Once again, working with GIVF was a wonderful experience. It was very moving because I felt that we had a real relationship with our doctor and the staff.
If we had any questions, they were always very responsive and got back to us quickly. We felt that they were really pulling for us."
"We found out on the day after Christmas last year, while we were with Doug's family, that we were expecting again. We were all elated."
Kelly and Doug's second son, Benjamin, is two and a half months old. "Now that we have our two beautiful boys, thanks to donor eggs at GIVF, we consider our family complete," Kelly said.
"If anyone is considering using donor eggs, I urge them to share any concerns they have with the GIVF staff. They are very patient and kind when they answer questions," Kelly says. "Any concerns I had melted away when I found out I was pregnant. God and technology came together twice to give us our boys and I am very thankful," she added.
Honoring Combat Veterans:
Enhanced SALUTE(TM) Program Now Available
As a special thank you to members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, GIVF is now offering an enhanced version of its regular SALUTE military discount. The special program doubles the discounts available through the regular SALUTE program on both traditional IVF and Donor Egg IVF treatment, including some of GIVF's outstanding refund and multicycle programs. To enjoy the benefits of the enhanced program, patients must complete a consult with a GIVF physician by January 31, 2014.
For those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, the enhanced SALUTE program offers:
- 50% off the base fee of a single IVF cycle
- 10% off the base fee of a Multicycle or Delivery Promise program for traditional IVF
- 50% off the base fee for a single fresh donor egg sole or shared cycle
- 10% off the base fee for a Multicycle or Delivery Promise program for fresh sole or shared donor eggs
The regular SALUTE program, which is available to all active duty military personnel and their spouses and all twenty-year retired military and their spouses, offers a 25% discount off the base fee for single cycle IVF or Donor Egg IVF treatment or a 5% discount on the base fee for any Multicycle or Delivery Promise program.
The SALUTE program also offers a 5% discount on the base fee for self-pay IUI and a 25% discount on in-house testing not covered by insurance, except for PGD work-ups and/or preliminary diagnostic blood work.
Discount does not apply to egg bank or IVF/PGD single cycle agreements.
For more information on both the regular and enhanced SALUTE programs, please contact a GIVF financial counselor at 800.552.4363 or 703.698.7355.
I am not thankful for my fertility challenges. Goodness knows I have had my share of tearful, angry, inconsolably sad moments as a result of those challenges. Still, in the November tradition of Thanksgiving and in an attempt to remain positive, I’d like to share some things I am thankful for:
I’m thankful that I have the means for treatment. I know many people aren’t as fortunate and I can’t imagine their frustration at not being able to seek help from a specialist.
I’m thankful for my doctors and nurses who have advised me patiently and cheered me on enthusiastically every step of the way.
I’m thankful that I let go of keeping this journey a secret. I value my privacy and am careful to avoid “over-sharing” but finally realized that it is ok to talk about the pain of infertility with a select group of friends and family. I’m thankful for their support and understanding and for the difference it has made in my experience going through IVF.
I’m thankful that I have the option of trading the progesterone injections for a cream if the injections hurt too much!
I’m thankful for the connections I’ve made with other women who are going through the same thing and for the hope that I was able to help them feel better; they have certainly sympathized with and encouraged me. It’s amazing how sharing a painful struggle in common can bond people, especially women.
I’m thankful I don’t have to give up a glass of wine or a cup of coffee just yet!
I’m thankful that even though I would have much rather gotten pregnant “the old fashioned way” that going through IVF has solidified in me how much I want to be a mom. As one friend put it to me, the willingness to go to the ends of the earth for my child puts me well on my way to motherhood… I’m so very thankful for that.
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