Directory of Services
This directory is part of a series of lists of New York State providers (and other states where appropriate) who offer the services that may be of interest to women or men hoping to bring a child into their lives. Please note that these lists are not comprehensive, nor does infertilityeducation.org or Ferre Institute offer assurance or warranty for any of the providers listed.
We hope you find the directories below useful. Please feel free to contact us with additions or edits to our list and we would be glad to review.
To find out more about NYS laws regarding insurance coverage and information about grant programs which provide funding for certain infertility treatments, please see the NYS Insurance Law Fact Sheet
Prepared by: Murray L. Nusbaum MD, Erin Houghton MS CGC, Luba Djurdjinovic MS, Lisa Behr, Adrienne Carpenter, June Burton RN, Kim Wilborn, Sherry Hillebrandt
Directory of Services
Some couples choose to build their families through adoption. Adoption may be sought for a variety of reasons, including after failed attempts at a biological child, as a first choice for couples facing artificial reproductive technologies in order to conceive, or as an option for couples who have a biological child, wish to grow their families, but opt not to pursue fertility treatments again. This directory includes adoption resources in New York State, including agencies and attorneys.
The following resource includes a list of NYS medical providers who can provide a general infertility workup (they may or may not offer treatment options such as IVF), and national resources which provide more information about infertility and treatment options. This list is a good first step to begin your infertility work-up.Remember that your local family planning clinic may be able to provide some information and help you start the testing process.
Genetic counselors are health care professionals with specialized training in understanding the contribution of genes/family history to a particular health condition. They may be able to help determine genetic causes for infertility, including those who have experienced multiple miscarriages/pregnancy loss, or those who have a family history of a condition that may affect their ability to conceive or increase their risk for birth defects. They may also discuss the various tests available to couples trying to conceive, including ethnicity-based carrier screening and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (a genetic test performed on embryos prior to transfer).
Please visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors at www.nsgc.org and use the “Find a Counselor” tool to locate a genetic counselor in your area. You may also visit www.nysgeneticcounselors.org for more information on genetic counseling in New York State.
The following is a list of medical providers, social workers, counselors, and centers which provide emotional support to couples facing infertility via counseling and/or support groups.
The following is a list of NYS providers who offer in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for couples requiring this technology to achieve a pregnancy. It is important to recognize that many infertile couples do not need IVF to become pregnant; many can be treated by other means (surgery, Clomid, intrauterine insemination) and have success.
For couples wishing to utilize an egg donor, an IVF center may also be a resource. It will be important to contact the center you choose to determine whether this is an option.
Approximately 30% of infertile couples are infertile because of a male factor. Another 30% include both male and female factors. Another 30% are due to female factors and 10% are unexplained. Thus male factors contribute to the infertility problems of at least 60% of infertile couples. A urologist may be able to best assess male factors. A semen analysis can be obtained through a primary care physician, specialist, health center, or even the female partner’s OB-Gyn.
For couples seeking a sperm donor, a sperm bank is a necessary resource. Many sperm banks will provide donors to couples all over the country and thus the bank does not need to be located in the client’s community. Donor profiles are available to clients for review, and donors typically undergo health screening prior to being accepted as a donor.
This directory provides a list of medical centers at which you may find a physician who provides infertility evaluations if you are unable to connect to someone listed in previous resource lists. This directory includes lists of medical schools/university hospitals which will take patients who have all forms of health insurance including Medicaid.