Surrogate Mother Process
For almost every woman out there, being a mother is one of the greatest experiences of their life. Sadly, for different reasons, not every woman can experience this. The good news is there’s a solution: surrogacy. Being able to give the gift of a child to another mother and family is, without a doubt, a deeply rewarding experience.
The process of becoming a surrogate mother consists of a number of steps. These steps may vary based on the potential surrogate mother, intended parents, and physician. We’re rated one of the best surrogacy agencies in San Diego and have supported many women in their endeavor of carrying a baby for a family in need.
Below you will find a break down the steps in order for you to understand what you can expect as a surrogate mother.
Step 1: Application & Evaluation
The first step is filling out our online surrogate mother application. This application presents questions related to your lifestyle, work, and medical history. The main idea is to get to know you better, including your health. It is crucial for you to be genuine and honest when completing it.
Once your application is submitted, we’ll call you in order to gather additional information about you. Basically, this is where we will ask questions related to your medical history and records. These records would include information related to your previous pregnancies. Therefore, at some point we will request the records from your OB/GYN to be sent to us.
Step 2: Matching with Intended Parents
The next step is discussing information about potential intended parents in order to find the perfect match. The matching process is crucial for us to learn how to narrow down the options in order to introduce you to your custom match.
Once everyone is content with the selection, we will proceed to arrange a meet up between you and the intended parents. Then, during the meeting, we’ll discuss the expectations during the surrogacy engagement. As a matter of fact, this step is crucial in order to reaffirm the journey steps together. Essentially, being able to establish a good connection between the intended parents and you is the foundation of this process.
Step 3: Medical Work Up
The next step in the process is meeting with a physician at the IVF clinic. Basically, the physician will have a conversation with you and go through the surrogacy assessment. This examination will include the following:
- Physical and pap smear tests
- Vaginal ultrasound — This part consists of a probe being inserted into the vagina, which will enable the technician to examine your uterus for scar tissue, polyps, and lining thickness.
- Medical instructions about the IVF cycle, injections, the use of medication and embryo transfer
- Hysteroscopy — this procedure consists of a small camera being placed in the uterus in order to look at the uterine cavity.
Step 4: The IVF Cycle
At this point, the IVF nurse will provide you with all the information and details relevant to the selection of surrogate medications needed. In addition to that, they will guide you through the overall medical protocol, including the expectations and restrictions along the way. In order to prepare the uterus to receive the embryos that the intended parents have created you will need to:
- Take estrogen and progesterone hormones. These come in many forms, so you could be taking them in either pill, patch, suppository or injection form. In addition to that, you might need to be taking a birth control pill in order to regulate your menstrual cycle with the egg donor or the intended mom.
- You will have to attend regular blood tests and ultrasounds, so that we can monitor the progress of the cycle.
- Finally, there will be an embryo transfer. This procedure consists of inserting a small catheter into your vagina and placing the embryo through the catheter and into the uterus for the purpose of the implantation.
Step 5: Pregnancy & Delivery
The final step of the process is the pregnancy and delivery. We would like to note that this pregnancy may be slightly different from your previous pregnancies. Conception through IVF makes the pregnancy slightly more delicate and requires additional attention. In fact, you will need to run blood tests, ultrasounds, and other check-ups more frequently than you normally would. In addition to that, the possibility of multiples is higher, so you may need to have additional check-ups, bed rest or close monitoring.
What’s more, you will need to be constantly communicating with the intended parents, too. And, there will be surrogate events and support groups that you may need to participate in. This step is crucial as to ensure you have support and understanding from other surrogate moms. Finally, the delivery is the most special moment for everyone participating in the process.