- Information of the child born (name, sex, date of birth, etc.)
- Types of information to be communicated (medical info, development progress, etc)
- Frequency of the communication that will take place and for how long
- Method of communication - email, letters, phone calls, texts, etc.
- Medium of communication - through NFS, licensed adoption agency, attorney, 3rd party or directly between families.
- Whether there will be direct contact in the future between families and genetic siblings.
NFS' roles is to help with our embryo adoption plan and education, preparing us for openness, negotiating of our ODA with the donor families, and to support us through the embryo adoption process. We have an initial meeting over the phone with Debbie, the counselor at NFS scheduled for next Friday. She will help us with the mediation process for the ODA. After this, we will also have phone meetings with each of the donor families.
Today, I spoke with the Briova, the pharmacy that will be providing us with our medications for our September transfer. NEDC works with Briova as they are supposed to be the cheapest ones around. Unlike our previous IVF cycles, this time around our insurance company does not provide any fertility coverage at all. The cost of the meds will be mostly be out of pocket, adding up to around $345. Here is the approximate breakdown of the cost of the drugs:
- Lu.pron - $129
- Es.trace - $195 (for 60 tablets)
- Progesterone in oil (PIO) - $20 (for 4 vials)
- Va.lium - $0.42
Fortunately, because we are doing a FET (frozen embryo transfer), we will not need any drugs that stimulate follicles to produce more eggs. These stims cost thousands of dollars! I was quite surprised at how expensive Es.trace is. This is most likely because NEDC requires that the brand name drug be used instead of the generic. That's more than $3 per tablet, and I have to take 2 - 3 per day! Not sure how long I will need continue taking it after the transfer though.
What has everyone else paid for meds?