Fertility Road magazine is thrilled to announce that our first IVF partner in the USA, world renowned Oregon Reproductive Medicine, has committed to help a couple or individual in need of assistance to fulfil their dream of building a family by funding a donor egg IVF cycle with a donor from ORM’s in-house programme.
Located in the beautiful and peaceful Pacific Northwest, Oregon Reproductive Medicine (ORM) has been helping create families since 1989. Founded with the goal of building the best fertility programme possible, ORM is recognised globally for its consistently high live birth success rates, individualised care, and innovation leadership. In recent years ORM has experienced a 90% live birth rate with over 70% twins in our donor egg surrogacy programme.
ORM’s global practice is led by Dr John Hesla and Dr Brandon Bankowski, who have helped patients from over 40 countries create their families. Both completed their training at Johns Hopkins Hospital – ranked number one in US reproductive medicine for 20 years – and are recognised internationally for their professional excellence and commitment to improving their patients’ reproductive care.
Dr Hesla joined ORM in 1999 when he co-founded its IVF programme.
He was instrumental in building ORM’s pioneering embryology laboratory clean room, one of the first in the world.
Dr Hesla continues daily to push that high level of innovation and excellence in our stellar laboratory. Dr Bankowski joined ORM in 2005 and he co-founded its industry-leading in-house genomics programme.
Dr Bankowski strives to help patients achieve the best success while caring for the genetic health of their family through increased awareness, screening and the utilisation of state-of-the-art genetic and chromosomal testing.
ORM’s dedicated nursing staff are the heart and soul of our practice and are highly-regarded globally for their individualised and compassionate care. In addition, the entire 100-strong ORM family – including our embryologists, genetic counsellors, psychologists, patient coordinators, donor coordinators, and financial counsellors among others – cherish the work they do each day with our patients.
We have a special team focused on our global patients and their specific needs. They bring their special expertise and personal touch to help international patients through their journeys to parenthood. This extends to our on-the-ground ORM team members in some countries, including in the UK.
Our Embryology Laboratory
Embryos growing inside a woman’s uterus are protected from potential hazards by the body surrounding them, but an embryo growing in the laboratory does not have this level of protection.
With this in mind in 1999 we built The Reproductive Medicine Laboratory here at ORM, utilising the expertise of Intel clean room facility engineers, to make an in-vitro environment for embryos that is as close to the conditions inside the human body as possible. This industry-leading facility and the work of our phenomenal embryologists is one of the key ingredients to our consistently high live birth success rates.
We believe that ORM egg donors go through the most extensive screening around and only 7% that apply pass our rigorous standards. This is a key factor in our high success rates for patients using ORM donor eggs.
Advanced Genetics At ORM
The understanding of genetics and the variety of tests available are both expanding rapidly. We believe that our patients should feel empowered to make informed decisions based on the latest technology and with accurate, up-to-date, and easy to understand information. Uniquely among most clinics, ORM has an in-house state-of-the-art genomics programme and a team of highly-experienced, full-time, in-house genetics counsellors.
To minimise the risk of a child born with a serious, untreatable genetic disease, we automatically test everyone who is contributing egg and sperm for the creation of an embryo for 100 recessive gene carrier diseases. This is significantly more comprehensive than standard practice among many clinics. We help our patients understand these results at the outset so that they can make the best choices for their families.
In addition, we are able to provide patients the most advanced chromosomal screening of embryos to best ensure that we only transfer ones that have tested normal, further increasing the chances of success for a healthy baby. Where necessary given a patient’s genetic background, we customise tests for specific genetic conditions.
Complicated Fertility Cases
Patients often come to ORM with complicated situations, having been unsuccessful with prior fertility or IVF treatments. We understand well these particularly stressful and emotionally difficult circumstances and customise a treatment protocol to give each patient the best chance for a healthy baby on their first attempt with ORM. In some cases we are able to treat them with IVF alone, while others are successful utilising an ORM egg donor and/or working with a gestational surrogate.
ORM’s Egg Donor Programme
Our in-house egg donor programme is overseen by our physicians and clinical staff and we are proud of the exacting screening standards that we maintain. We help our patients match with our fully pre-screened donors and this contributes to a smoother process with fewer uncertainties and greater confidence.
Our donor screening includes an in-person evaluation with our psychologist (including a personality index), infectious disease screening, and a thorough ‘ovarian reserve testing’ to count the approximate number of a donor’s eggs, plus three different blood tests to ensure that the donor can respond well to stimulating medications.
At ORM an experienced genetic counsellor also conducts a detailed in-person review of each donor’s family history and we test our donors with a comprehensive genetic panel for recessive carrier diseases. We believe that ORM egg donors go through the most extensive screening around and only 7% that apply pass our rigorous standards. This is a key factor in our high success rates for patients using ORM donor eggs.
ORM has a core team that specialises in supporting our families who are working with gestational surrogates. We have longstanding relationships with some of the best surrogacy agencies in the USA, some of which are also based in Oregon which can help families to localise their egg donor surrogacy journey. Our team is able to help patients and their surrogates and egg donors, if they are also using donor eggs, seamlessly through their unique and complex journeys.
Made in Portland, Oregon
When our patients visit Portland, ‘City of Roses’, we enjoy sharing with them everything that makes our home so special. We love offering our favourite suggestions and ORM’s partner hotels provide special ORM rates.
Portland is blessed with fresh, local, organic cuisine and among the best wine, beer and coffee in the Pacifi c Northwest. A walkable city with many neighbourhoods ideal for strolling, window-shopping and cafe-hopping, Portland is home to the largest US urban woodland. Our airport is ranked number one by travellers and we’re connected with excellent public transportation. Many hotels have ‘lend a bike’ programmes.
Often ORM patients also explore beyond Portland. Oregon offers amazing sites whether you visit the Pacifi c Coastline or Cascade Mountains, both only an hour away, or the deserts of Eastern Oregon.
And Oregon is one of the few tax-free states for shopping, food and beverage. Great for all those baby needs!
We look forward to welcoming you to ORM in Portland and to help you build your family!
What’s On Offer?
Every member of the ORM team is truly honoured to work with our patients to help them grow their families. As part of our ‘Fertility Journey’, ORM will help a couple or individual in need of assistance to fulfil the dream of building a family by funding a donor egg IVF cycle at our world renowned clinic.
The selected couple or individual will match with a fully-screened donor through ORM’s in-house egg donor programme. ORM’s Fertility Journey will cover the cost of the egg retrieval, IVF and transfer procedures and related medications.
The recipient(s) also benefit from consulting with ORM’s genetic counsellors when matching with an ORM egg donor. Certain costs will be the responsibility of the selected couple or individual. These include egg donor compensation, legal fees for the egg donor agreement, travel and accommodation and any supplemental genetic testing.
ORM’s Fertility Journey is open to couples and individuals of all sexual orientations as well as to those who are seeking to work with a gestational surrogate. If you wish to apply to work with ORM, please email [email protected], detailing why you would like to be chosen and outlining where you are on your fertility journey at present, in order to receive an application and full terms and conditions. We welcome applicants of all ages, from all backgrounds, and at any point along the fertility journey – names and supporting information will be passed to ORM for selection.
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2015, and will require certain pre-selection medical testing. More information can be found at Oregon Reproductive Medicine.