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IARC - provider profile and satisfaction report

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www.fertilityhelp.com

Locations: Maple Grove, MN, USA
Contact: Steven H. Snyder, Esq. OR Keely Snyder
Email: info@iarc-usa.com
Phone: 763-494-8800


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Services:

  IVF clinic?
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Year founded: 2003
Employees:


 


About IARC:*

At IARC, we have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of surrogacy and ovum donation. Our agency's procedures are based on over 1,000 surrogate and ovum donor births to intended parents of all types around the globe. We are proud to offer full-service support with all legal, medical, financial, emotional, and educational aspects of this process while always remaining concerned about the well-being of each client, fertility helper, and unborn child. You may count on thorough education, transparency, and personalized attention. This is not a "one size fits all" process, and we help intended parents to make decisions that are best for their needs. We know this is an emotional step, but it is also one that is filled with excitement and hope. We hope to have the honor of speaking with you as you decide your path forward.

* This description was provided by the service provider.

 


 


 


Ratings and reviews - from our Surveys

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Surrogacy agency satisfaction - overall score (out of 10)

  Agency score
Overall
(9.13)
Count: 31
Not Applicable: 0

Agency experience

  Agency rating
Effective (contribution to the success of journey)
(9.13)
Count: 31
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive and supportive throughout journey
(9.13)
Count: 31
Not Applicable: 0
Surrogate screening and matching
(9.23)
Count: 31
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
(9.67)
Count: 27
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
(9.12)
Count: 26
Not Applicable: 0

Agency recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 100.0%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 31
Average 1.0

Agency reviews and comments

Response
All of the staff there have been wonderful to work with as well as very caring and friendly.
IARC was outstanding.
So happy we choose this agency! Would recommend to everyone!
Very recommended. We couldn’t do this journey without them
very recomended, great staff, pricing was initially a bit unclear
The staff and legal team at IARC are exceptional. The initial information provided accurately reflects the cost, timeline and process. We highly recommend IARC.
A+ We had two incredible journeys with IARC which resulted in three beautiful babies and a lifelong relationship with our surrogate.
IARC was a great agency to work with -- experienced in legal surrogacy issues, and supportive of GLBT families.
עברנו מסע יסורים שכלל כשלונות קשים. הסוכנות לא הרפתה לרגע והחזיקה אותנו חזק-עד למטרה המופלאה....
We examined several agency and with IARC there was a "click" from the first moment! this feeling accompanied us throught all the process!!!
Very supportive throughout the process. Inevitably there were occasionally administrative snags but these were resolved. They had very good links to fertility clinics. They also facilitated good post-birth legal support through the associated law firm.
IARC was very professional and helpful throughout this journey. I really have no complaints about their capability or service level.
We were matched with a surrogate we felt truly comfortable with; she has been very committed and empathetic. The staff is very friendly and professional. They absolutely know what they are doing andhave a lot of experience in their field. In every respect -matching, finding a clinic, insurance matters, accounting and finding an apartment- they did a good job. We felt it to be a big advantage that IARC's director, Steve Snyder, is a lawyer who takes care of all the legal matters, too. He also knows about the legal necessities in the intended parents' countries of origin. The contracts he drafts are very thorough but comprehensible. The legal process after delivery was unbelievably fast (two weeks and two days for obtaining the passport) thanks to him and his paralegals, who always responded within hours and were very efficient. Also, their staff is very international, so they have a good understanding for cultural peculiarities in the relationship between foreign intended parents and US surrogates. Something to improve would be: First, that the waiting list is rather long (we waited 10 months to be matched). And second, that our case manager during the pregnancy changed two times. Whereas we felt comfortable with this, it could have been an issue if our pregnancy had not been so unproblematic: In fact, our second case manager forgot to pay the bill monthly premium for our surrogate's insurance plan four months in a row, so that the insurance company terminated the policy in the middle of the pregnancy. This could have caused a financial disaster. However, IARC dealt VERY professionally with this: When they noticed the problem, they informed us right away, got the surrogate a new insurance within days and reimbursed us for any damages.
IARC staff was very professional and knowledgeable about the process. They matched us with a wonderful surrogate which made our journey very smooth. However, their waiting periods for matching is extremely long, we waited 13 months which was considered very long in 2015. We also felt they were lagging during the drafting and signing of the contract, it took us almost 3 months to complete the negotiations and signing and all of the delays caused by lack of attention on IARC side. Both us and the our surrogate got a bit frustrated during the process due to their slow responses. The pregnancy was pretty much uneventful and our surrogate was on top of everything so we needed very little help from IARC. I think the most frustrating part was the legal proceeding after the birth. We needed to wait almost 2 weeks to get a court date. On the communications with IARC we were led to believe that the reason for that was backlog in the court but later we learned the reason was that the leading attorney was on vacation and we actually needed to wait for him to come back! We would have expected to get to know this was the reason and be offered another attorney. We also felt that the way they "surprised" with the additional legal fees toward the end of the process lacked transparency. We would have appreciated if they mentioned it from the beginning letting us the option to look for alternatives. With all that said, we still feel the IARC is a good & trustworthy agency, if you decide to choose them you should just keep in mind those points. ________________________________________________________ RESPONSE FROM IARC: We thank these clients for thoughtfully posting this review. It is through feedback like this that we can assess and become the best choice for many aspiring parents! It is particularly gratifying that, despite their observations of possible improvements, these clients still maintain that they would recommend IARC to others. This client did, unfortunately, have a longer-than-estimated wait time for their surrogate match. Every effort is made to provide our intended parents with realistic expectations at the start of their journey; however, there are a few pieces that can be outside of IARC's control, despite our diligent efforts to keep the process moving along. The specific factors in this case that were beyond IARC's control included: *A wave of sign ups all at the same time that temporarily extended IARC's matching timeline *Lengthy outside attorney reviews of the surrogacy contract *A maternity leave of our associate attorney and an unexpected saturation of parentage hearings during the Thanksgiving holiday season, which left us without a backup during an unusually busy time We are continuing to focus on lowering surrogate matching timelines, maintaining up-to-date comprehensive cost estimates, and maintaining transparent communication with all parties. These are priorities in IARC's core values. We would also like to say that the relationship between the intended parents and the surrogate is exactly the outcome we hope for. This validation speaks to IARC's careful matching process, as well as our successful ongoing support system during the pregnancy (much of which is behind-the-scenes). Overall, we never want a client walking away feeling anything less than fully satisfied with the quality of IARC's services. Almost without exception, our clients leave IARC's process feeling they've gained an extended family here in Minnesota! We are thankful for this and all other feedback given that helps us to continue to improve!
All in all, very professional. There were a couple of hiccups but everything was resoled well. I ended up having identical twins, which through me for a loop, and the agency really helped me deal effectively with that. Their selection of a surrogate was top-notch. I was particularly impressed by Steve Snyder's legal work at the end.
IARC is a wonderful agency to work with for this process. They are thorough, detailed, and so supportive of helping make famililes. We absolutely adore everyone there.
Le soutien de l\'agence doit également avoir lieu sur place lors de la prise en charge et elle doit informer sur les procédures à faire après la naissance.
אנשי הסוכנות מאוד מקצועיים, יודעים לנהל את התהליך מצד אחד ומצד שני להיות אנושיים וחמים. חוקי מיניסוטה מאוד נוחים לפונדקאות כולל אימוץ מצד שני האבות. קהילה יהודית מקסימה ומחבקת. התהליך אפקטיבי וקצר והם יחסית נותנים את התמורה הגדולה ביותר ביחס למחיר, כלומר המחיר שלהם 18,000$ הוא קטן לעומת כל מה שהם עושים עבורך.

Fertility clinic used

Value Percent   Count
CT Fertility 31.0%
9
Markham 24.1%
7
Other 13.8%
4
New England Fertility 6.9%
2
La Jolla IVF 6.9%
2
Fertility Center of Las Vegas 6.9%
2
Shady Grove 3.5%
1
RMA NJ (also IVF NJ) 3.5%
1
ORM 3.5%
1
  Totals 29
Statistics
Total Responses 29

Other clinic

CountResponse
1 CFA
1 Center for Reproductive Medicine
1 RMIA - Woodbury, MN
1 Virginia IVF and Andrology Center
1 shady grove



Journey statistics for service provider

Overall cost of surrogacy journey

Value Percent   Count
$50,000 - $69,000 6.5%
2
$70,000 - $89,000 19.4%
6
$90,000 - $109,000 32.3%
10
$110,000 - $129,000 22.6%
7
$130,000 - $149,000 12.9%
4
$150,000 - $169,000 3.2%
1
$170,000 - $189,000 3.2%
1
  Totals 31
Statistics
Total Responses 31
Average 107.7

Number of IVF / IUI cycles done until journey resulted in a birth

Value Percent   Count
One 70.0%
21
Two 16.7%
5
Five 13.3%
4
  Totals 30
Statistics
Total Responses 30
Average 1.7

Length of journey from signup to birth (months)

Value Percent   Count
10-12 months 3.2%
1
13-15 months 9.7%
3
16-18 months 22.6%
7
19-21 months 9.7%
3
22-24 months 25.8%
8
25-27 months 9.7%
3
31-33 months 6.5%
2
34-36 months 3.2%
1
More than 3 years 9.7%
3
  Totals 31
Statistics
Total Responses 31
Average 23.0

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 52.0%
13
Known 32.0%
8
Other 16.0%
4
  Totals 25
Statistics
Total Responses 25
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 28
Known idenity but no obligation or willingness to meet our children 1
anonymous but had skype contact 1
we don\'t know her, she may be willing to meet our child 1
Hope she will place herself on a registry to be contacted; clinic wiling to refer correspondence. 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Intended mother (no donor) 3.9%
1
Surrogacy agency 19.2%
5
Independent Egg donation agency 7.7%
2
Fertility clinic 69.2%
18
  Totals 26
Statistics
Total Responses 26



Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 83.3%
25
Straight 16.7%
5
  Totals 30
Statistics
Total Responses 30

Countries

Value Percent   Count
United States 45.2%
14
Israel 35.5%
11
Switzerland 6.5%
2
Germany 6.5%
2
Italy 3.2%
1
Philippines 3.2%
1
  Totals 31
Statistics
Total Responses 31