An overview of the surrogate medical screening process
We know you want to help hopeful parents who have longed to hold a baby in their arms. For this reason, we will work closely with you to ensure there is nothing in your medical history that will prevent the realization of your dream. Our US surrogacy agency also provides surrogate medical screening to make sure surrogacy is safe for you and your family.
Exploring the surrogate medical screening process
To help you achieve your goal of creating a family, there are a series of medical records and evaluations we require when considering a woman as a gestational surrogate.
- Prenatal and delivery records from all previous pregnancies. When you get matched with hopeful parents, their fertility doctor will want to have these records as soon as possible. Margie and Rebecca work in our medical department. They will help you request and obtain your records, so you don’t have to do it alone.
- Medical evaluation form with initial paperwork. This document is an important component of your surrogate medical screening. It confirms that your personal doctor has cleared you to become pregnant again.
- Date your menstrual cycle started. We will have you note the first day of your last period. The IVF nurses at the fertility clinic will need this information as they decide when you. In some cases, the hopeful mother will begin fertility medications.
- Results from a current Pap smear. These results must be negative or within normal limits (WNL). If your most recent Pap smear was abnormal, we’ll need documentation of follow-up care, which might consist of a colposcopy, LEEP or a doctor’s note.
- Blood and urine screening. This part is very easy. Our US surrogacy agency will provide you and your partner with a medical requisition slip, and you will go to a local lab for testing. This will include testing for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, CMV, GC and chlamydia. You will also receive screening for drugs and nicotine.
After we receive your records and test results, we will forward them to the fertility clinic for review. If there are no concerns, they will schedule the next phase of your surrogate medical screening.
Additional testing for surrogates
During your initial appointment at the fertility clinic, the doctor may request additional blood tests. In addition, the doctor will do an ultrasound or an exam to check for fibroids, polyps or scar tissue. If the doctor says, “You have a good-looking uterus,” you have received medical clearance to take the next steps as a surrogate.
The team at our US surrogacy agency is honored to support you through this rewarding process. Contact us for more information about surrogate medical screening.
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