And we can also now reveal Oregon Reproductive Medicine as another new Fertility Journeys partner. Although we will launch their activity officially online in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to outline the US clinic’s incredible status and legacy of unparalleled treatment.
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 program possible, ORM is recognised globally for its consistently high live birth success rates and individualised care. We are committed to innovation that benefits our patients and helps achieve the best outcomes. In recent years we have experienced a 90% live birth rate with over 70% twins in our donor egg surrogacy program.
We truly understand that our work has a profound effect and are honoured to help our patients grow their families.
ORM’s global practice is lead 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 no.1 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 program and built ORM’s pioneering embryology laboratory clean room. Dr. Bankowski joined ORM in 2005 and co-founded its industry-leading in-house genomics program.
ORM’s dedicated nursing staff is the heart and soul of our practice and are highly-regarded globally for their individualised and compassionate care. In addition, the entire nearly 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.
EMBRYOLOGY AND GENETICS
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.
Uniquely among many clinics, ORM has an in-house state-of-the-art genomics program and a highly-experienced team of full-time, in-house genetics counselors. We automatically test everyone that 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. We can also provide patients the most advanced chromosomal testing of embryos further increasing the
chances of success for a healthy baby.
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 PROGAM
Our in-house egg donor program is overseen by our physicians and clinical staff. We help those needing donor eggs match with our fully pre-screened – medically, genetically, psychologically – donors helping them have a smoother process with fewer uncertainties. We believe that ORM egg donors go through the most extensive screening around and only 7% who apply pass our exacting 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 through their more complex journeys. We have longstanding relationships with some of the best surrogacy agencies in the USA.
MADE IN PORTLAND, OREGON
When patients visit Portland, ‘City of Roses’, we enjoy sharing everything that makes our home so special and vibrant. It’s a walkable city blessed with the best food and drink in the Pacific Northwest and the largest US urban woodland. Often ORM patients also explore beyond Portland. Oregon offers amazing sites whether it’s the nearby Pacific Coastline or Cascade Mountains or further afi eld.
ORM’s team includes a representative on the ground in the UK. Contact us to learn more and consult with our physicians on [email protected] or via the Oregon Reproductive Medicine Facebook
We will be launching the Oregon Reproductive Medicine Fertility Journey project online in the coming weeks, and will also be inviting applicants in the next issue of Fertility Road.