Surrogacy program medical procedures
Every gestational surrogate with the Center for Surrogate Parenting will undergo certain surrogacy program medical procedures that may be a bit different from what they experienced with their previous pregnancies. When exploring IVF and surrogacy, it’s natural to be curious about the surrogate medical process. From initial medical testing through pregnancy and birth, medical procedures for surrogacy are designed to ensure the safety of the surrogate and the baby she carries.
Surrogate medical process at CSP
Our surrogate program in the US is happy to explain the surrogate medical process, including all surrogacy program medical procedures.
The surrogate medical process is identical to the typical IVF process, except that the embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus instead of a hopeful mother’s uterus. In IVF, embryos are created by combining eggs and sperm in a laboratory, and then one embryo is transferred to the uterus of the woman who will carry the baby.
Women who partner with our surrogate program in the US can expect to experience the following surrogacy program medical procedures, all of which are minimally invasive and have been proven safe over decades of IVF and surrogacy.
Initial blood and urine testing. In the first phase of medical procedures for surrogacy, the woman receives a standard blood and urine screening. It tests for social diseases like HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, gonorrhea and chlamydia, in addition to drugs and nicotine.
Additional blood work. Another medical procedure a surrogate can expect is a blood test at the hopeful parent’s fertility clinic. This blood test, typically at her first appointment, measures her hormone levels.
Ultrasound and exams. During the surrogate’s first appointment at the fertility center, the fertility specialist will likely administer an ultrasound or an exam to assess her uterus. The goal is to ensure that the structure of the uterus is normal and able to carry a pregnancy.
Taking medication to prepare for the embryo transfer. After the surrogate receives medical clearance and a frozen embryo is ready and waiting for transfer, she receives a calendar instructing her when to take medications to prepare her uterine lining for the embryo.
Embryo transfer. Once the surrogate’s uterine lining is ready, the fertility specialist will transfer one embryo to the surrogate’s uterus. This procedure, which is one of most exciting parts of IVF and surrogacy, usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Pregnancy test. About 10 days after the embryo transfer, the surrogate receives a pregnancy blood test. IVF success rates are typically very high, but if the pregnancy test should be negative, another embryo transfer may be scheduled.
Our US surrogacy agency advocates for and assists both hopeful parents and surrogates through all IVF and medical procedures for surrogacy, helping to ensure they feel as comfortable, safe and supported as possible.
Other potential surrogacy program medical procedures
Once the gestational surrogate is pregnant, the medical appointments she can expect are no different than what she might have undergone during pregnancy with her own child. These medical appointments typically involve blood tests, ultrasounds and screenings for gestational diabetes.
During labor and delivery, some women require a medication such as Pitocin to stimulate contractions, or an epidural for pain relief. In some situations, a surrogate may need a cesarean delivery, or c-section.
Ultimately, it will be your birth experience, so you and your doctor will create your birth plan. Throughout the process, the baby’s parents will be involved and eager to support you. The birth of their baby will always be one of their most memorable milestones, and they will never forget how they felt that day, when you gave them the gift of their child.
Our surrogacy agency understands a surrogate’s desire to have thorough knowledge of the surrogate medical process. We are always here to answer questions about medical procedures for surrogacy, and to provide support. Contact us for more information about surrogacy program medical procedures and our surrogate program in the US.
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