We are With You Every Step of the Way
The Center for Surrogacy & Egg Donation and its staff have been assisting women through the surrogacy process since 1999. Although the road to becoming a surrogate may seem overwhelming, our staff is here to support you every step of the way.
We will be at your side through the application process, clinic screening, IVF Cycle, pregnancy, and post-birth. You will never be just a number to us; you will be a part of our family.
The first step to becoming a surrogate is to complete our online application. The application will ask you for some general information so that potential Intended Parents can get to know a little about who you are and why you are interested in becoming a surrrogate.
You will also be asked about your pregnancy history, surrogacy match considerations and health history.
Once your application is accepted, we will begin the process of gathering copies of your pregnancy-related medical records and performing the necessary background checks.
The Right Match
We believe the most important part of a successful surrogacy journey for both surrogates and Intended Parents is doing the Right Match.
Once your application has been approved, one of our surrogacy team members will schedule a consult with you so that they can learn about what is important to you as a surrogate. While some agencies focus heavily on finding the right surrogate for the Intended Parents, we strongly believe that we also need to find the right Intended Parents for you.
We will listen to your hopes and desires for your surrogacy journey and present your profile to Intended Parents that we believe you will be very happy to help.
After you and the Intended Parents have matched, we will provide copies of your medical records to the IVF Clinic with which the Intended Parents are working.
Although the screening process can vary slightly from clinic to clinic, the typical IVF Clinic screening appointment for you will consist of:
- Consultation with the IVF physician and nurses
- Discussion of the IVF process, including the medications that will be prescribed
- Uterine evaluation
- Bloodwork and urinalysis for sexually transmitted diseases and drug use for you and your partner
- Mental health evaluation and consultation
The legal aspects of surrogacy can be complicated. Because of this, it is very important that both of you and the Intended Parents receive independent legal advice from an attorney experienced with surrogacy. In general, the legal process includes:
- Drafting and negotiation of the surrogacy contract. You will be able to select an attorney experienced in reproductive law that you feel comfortable with.
- Legal Clearance - The IVF Clinic will require a legal clearance letter prior to the start of the IVF Cycle.
- Pre-birth order - In most states, it will be possible to obtain a court order prior to the birth declaring the Intended Parents to be the legal parents of the child. Equally important, that order will also declare that you are not the legal parent and are not legally responsible for the child.
The IVF Clinic will provide you with detailed instructions on what you need to do to prepare for the embryo transfer.
Some Intended Parents will be doing a fresh cycle, meaning that the eggs will be retrieved from the intended mother or an egg donor, fertilized with the intended father's sperm and then transferred several days later to your uterus.
Other Intended Parents have embryos already frozen that will be thawed the day of the embryo transfer. Either way, the process will generally consist of:
- Outline of the IVF Cycle calendar - A nurse will provide you with a calendar of when to start and stop taking medications.
- Monitoring - You will have several blood draws and ultrasounds prior to the embryo transfer. These are done to ensure that your uterine lining is thickening properly. The monitoring appointments are done early mornings so that they will have as minimal impact on your schedule as possible.
- Embryo Transfer - You will have an embryo or embryos transferred through the use of a catheter that is inserted into the cervical opening up into the uterine cavity.
Pregnancy & Birth
Once the embryo transfer has taken place, you will continue to have monitoring appointments and then a blood test approximately two weeks after the embryo transfer to confirm the pregnancy. An ultrasound will be performed approximately two weeks later to observe the heartbeat(s). You will be weaned off of the IVF medications and released to your obstetrician.
- Confirmation of pregnancy - The initial blood tests and ultrasound to confirm pregnancy are ordered and reviewed by the IVF physician.
- Release to Obstetrician - Once you have been cleared by the IVF clinic, you will be released to your own obstetrician who will oversee your pregnancy in much the same way he or she treated you for your own pregnancy or pregnancies.
- The Center for Surrogacy & Egg Donation requires that all Intended Parents participate in the pregnancy as much as possible. Some Intended Parents will be able to attend all of the monthly appointments, while others may be able to attend only a few. Either way, it is important that you and the parents communicate regularly. We will be there to support you and the parents throughout the pregnancy.
- Delivery - In preparation for the delivery, our staff, in conjunction with the Intended Parents' attorney, will help prepare both you and the parents. Once the big day arrives, the Intended Parents will be there to support you and to share the joy of the birth of their child.
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