Outlining common surrogacy medical procedures
Gestational surrogates at the Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP) can expect certain surrogacy medical procedures during this rewarding journey. These procedures help determine whether the woman is a good candidate for surrogacy, prepare her uterus for the embryo transfer and allow her to carry a baby for hopeful parents.
Surrogacy medical procedures at CSP
Women who partner with our US surrogacy agency can expect to experience the following minimally invasive procedures.
Initial blood and urine testing. In the first stage of surrogacy, the woman receives a standard blood and urine screening. It tests for social diseases like HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, CMV and chlamydia, in addition to drugs and nicotine.
Additional blood work. One of the other common surrogacy medical procedures a woman might experience is a blood test at her initial appointment at the hopeful parent’s fertility clinic. This blood test measures her hormone levels.
Ultrasound and exams. During the surrogate’s first appointment at the clinic, the fertility doctor will likely administer an ultrasound or an exam to assess her uterus. It will likely be the first time that you’ve heard that you have a “good-looking uterus.”
Taking medication to prepare for the embryo transfer. After the surrogate receives medical clearance, the intended parent or their egg donor will begin fertility medications. The surrogate will also receive a calendar instructing her when to take medications to prepare her uterine lining for the embryo.
Embryo transfer. Once the eggs from the hopeful mother or egg donor have undergone fertilization, the fertility doctor will transfer a resulting embryo to the surrogate’s uterus. This procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Pregnancy test. About 10 days after the embryo transfer, the surrogate receives a pregnancy blood test.
Our US surrogacy agency supports women through all surrogacy medical procedures, helping to ensure they feel as comfortable and safe as possible.
Other potential procedures during pregnancy
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 like Pitocin to stimulate contractions, or an epidural for pain relief. In some situations, a surrogate needs a cesarean birth. However, this is ultimately your birth experience, so you and your doctor will discuss your birth plan. Throughout the process, you will have the support of your hopeful parents. They will be forever grateful that you gave them the gift of their child.
Our US surrogacy agency understands a surrogate’s desire to have thorough knowledge of all medical procedures. We are always here to answer questions and provide support. Contact us for more information about surrogacy medical procedures.
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