The Single Embryo Incentive Program is the first financial package from a fertility center in this country that defrays the economic risk of using one embryo at a time.
I have to admit that I am incredibly proud to work with a guy who has come up with a program that takes on this issue in such a personal way. The high order multiple birth problem has been the fertility field's dirty laundry, so many people pay lip service to this issue without really doing much about it. Oh - there are guidelines - and high order multiple births are down. But there are still far too many high order multiple births in this country.
We as a field have gotten better about talking about the collateral damage of multiples but few have come up with a solution. Most American couples are uninsured for fertility treatment. They can barely scrape together payment for a single round of IVF and so they feel compelled to put in as many embryos as they can, hoping one will take. Unfortunately, their best intentions boomerang and the result is a medical tragedy that, often, is worse than the underlying infertility. In many European countries where fertility treatment is covered, single embryo transfer is the law.
Dr. Kreiner, a pioneer in the field who trained under legendary IVF innovators Drs.