Program Overview

The Gift of Hope Program Overview

The Gift of Hope awards an eligible couple with the gift of a free IVF cycle each year. Applications are available on March 1, 2018.  Application deadline is June 21, 2018.

Donors:

Donated Services:

  • Laboratory work considered part of a standard IVF treatment cycle
  • Ultrasound exams considered part of a standard IVF treatment cycle
  • Fertility medications prescribed for a standard IVF treatment cycle (donated meds are capped at $3,000 per cycle)
  • Retrieval of eggs
  • Transfer of embryos
  • Initial cryopreservation of unused embryos (includes one year of storage fees)
  • Anesthesia for IVF retrieval and transfer

Services Not Covered by the Gift of Hope:

  • Off-site storage of cryopreserved embryos
  • Complications arising out of the IVF treatment
  • Other or specialized laboratory testing expenses, as necessary or requested
  • Other medical or surgical procedures not considered part of a standard IVF cycle (e.g., MESA/TESA, donor sperm or egg)
  • Travel expenses
  • Other fees and costs not covered by donation
  • Pre-screening laboratory fees
  • Additional medications required above the $3,000 cap per couple
  • Donor egg or donor sperm fees
  • Gestational carrier fees

Gift of Hope is Open to Any Applicant Who:

  • Has a documented medical need for in vitro fertilization (i.e., blocked tubes, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, male factor infertility, etc.). A letter explaining this need is required, on letterhead, from a reproductive endocrinologist or gynecologic professional;
  • Has a combined adjusted gross income of $100,000 a year or less (financial documentation is required)
  • Is a resident of Louisiana;
  • Can describe in their own words the compelling nature of their need for fertility treatment;
  • Has no or limited medical insurance coverage for infertility and IVF;
  • Has medical insurance coverage for prenatal care;
  • Is in a stable relationship and consents to counseling prior to IVF treatment; and
  • Agrees to appear in stories or other media about this program.

Gift of Hope Frequently Asked Questions