How the surrogate medical screening process starts
The surrogate medical screening process is critical. It is important to understand that the surrogate mother has no genetic ties to the child she is carrying. In most states, the names of the parents, not the surrogate, are on the original birth certificate.
- As early as possible the application process, REQUEST ALL YOUR PRENATAL AND DELIVERY RECORDS FROM ALL YOUR PREGNANCIES. The IVF doctor will need them to review. However, it can take weeks to receive them. Not having complete records for the doctor can cause delays in getting an appointment.
- Start keeping a record of the first day of your period so you can give that information to the IVF nurse.
- Complete the medical evaluation form you received in the paperwork. This is clearance that your doctor says you are OK to be pregnant again, the final clearance to do a cycle comes from the IVF doctor.
- Submit a current Pap. The Pap must be negative or WNL (within normal limits). If your most recent pap was abnormal, submit the documentation for the follow up care.
Getting testing as part of the surrogate medical screening process
- CSP will send you and your spouse/partner lab requisitions to have your social disease testing done. This initial testing includes HIV; syphilis; hepatitis; CMV; GC and chlamydia; drug screen and nicotine, etc.
- Your parents will also get testing from the IVF doctor. If they are using an egg donor, she and her spouse/partner are also tested by the IVF doctor.
- The CSP Medical Administrator will forward your records, labs, and application to the IVF doctor chosen by your IPs. The nurses will review them and schedule you for your initial consultation.At your initial appointment, they may do some additional blood tests, and the doctor may do an ultrasound or other mid-cycle exam to check your uterine cavity to make sure there are no fibroids, polyps, or scar tissue.Once you are medically cleared, and the doctor’s office receives Legal Clearance, the nurse can issue a calendar for the IVF cycle. The calendar instructs you on the medication, and gives you the egg retrieval and embryo transfer dates.
- The medication you take is to stop you from ovulating and to prepare your uterine lining to receive the embryo. The Intended Mother, or egg donor, is on medication to produce multiple egg follicles. Once they are retrieved and fertilized, the doctor will do the transfer, and freeze any remaining embryos for future use. Approximately 10 days later, you will do your pregnancy blood test.
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