The Medical Side of Surrogacy
Becoming a surrogate mother is a selfless way to give another couple one of the greatest gifts in existence. Intended parents who go through surrogates entrust these women with carrying their babies—something they are unable to do on their own. Since it is such a big endeavor, the medical and screening processes are quite extensive, making the medical process the first of the 6 pillars of surrogacy. Learn more about what is involved with the medical side of surrogacy.
Since the safety of you as the surrogate mother and the unborn baby is top priority, surrogate moms must be screened before the process can start. At CSP, intended parents must have a medical reason for needing a surrogate.
If you want to be a surrogate, you must have copies of all of your obstetrician records and records of any previous births. You will then get examined by an IVF doctor, which includes a full physical and a screening for STDs. Your partner (if you have one) will also be tested for STDs.
If you’d like to be a surrogate mother but don’t think it can happen since you have an IUD or have gotten your tubes tied, know that it is still possible for you. If you have an IUD, it will simply need to be removed and you need to go through a few cycles. For surrogacy, it also doesn’t matter if you’ve had your tubes tied.
For in vitro fertilization (IVF) or in vitro fertilization with egg donation (IVF/ED), it is essential that the timing is right for the embryo transfer. The fertility specialist will monitor you closely to determine when the transfer will have the best chance for success. During the transfer, one or more embryos are transferred into your uterus and you will then be on bed rest for 2 days to help with the implantation process.