FAQs about Qualifications of a Gestational Surrogate

Related to Surrogate Mother | Posted on May 2nd, 2019
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Most common FAQs about becoming a surrogate- Q: Can I still be a surrogate, If I had my tube tied (tubal ligation) before? A: Yes. Tubal ligation does not impact the ability to be pregnant and your Fallopian tubes won’t be needed when delivery through IVF. ​ ​ Q: Can I apply to be a surrogate if I have an IUD in place for my birth control? A: Yes, but you will need to get the IUD removed after your application has been accepted and you have passed our screening process. After your IUD is removed, you will need to have a least one menstrual cycle before we can find a match for you. ​ Q: What are the differences between Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy? ​ A: Gestational Surrogacy is a surrogate who is not genetically connected to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. The eggs are retrieved from the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor, are fertilized with the prospective father’s sperm or sperm donor, and then transferred to the Surrogate’s womb. By contrast, Traditional Surrogacy is a surrogate who also donates her eggs and has a biological link to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. The surrogate undergoes artificial insemination or IVF with sperm from a sperm donor. Q: What support will I get from Pacific Surrogacy during my journey? ​ A: Each surrogate will be assigned to one supporting team to ensure the supports are accessible all the time. The supporting team will contact surrogates each week to make sure the process is smooth and relaxing and will deal with any kind of physical and emotional problem that may occur. We also have professional psychologists who will conduct a psychological assessment and consulting regularly. You can reach out to us for almost anything since it is our job and responsibility that your journey with us is an enjoyable and life-changing experience. ​ Q: Can I keep my own OB? ​ A: Yes! Most of our surrogates will work with their regular original OB after the embryo transfer from IVF. Q: How long does it take to be matched with the intended parents? ​ A: The time of the matching process varies for each surrogate. Once you have completed the necessary paperwork and that we have received all of your medical records for review, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to be matched with Intended Parents. ​ The time of matching process varies for each Surrogate’s situation, it can take as soon as a couple days to a few weeks or even longer. That’s why providing relevant, necessary documents is very important to help you match with the Intended Parents. ​ The matching phase usually takes 1-2 weeks since we want to make sure that the surrogates share similar beliefs, interests and expectations with the intended parents and both parties are comfortable and happy about each other. ​ ​ Q: What type of testing is required? ​ A: The IVF clinics will determine what tests should the surrogates take. In general, a blood test, an infectious disease test, a testing for Nicotine and illegal drug use should be expected. Also, there will usually be several standard medical tests during pregnancy. Q: Why does someone choose to become a Surrogate Mother? ​ A: Each individual has different reasons to become a surrogate. Some of them believe in helping families who are not able to conceive on their own to experience the joy and happiness of being parents. Some of them also feel like to contribute themselves to their community or society. Q: Do I need to pay my own medical bills and other expenses? ​ A: No! Intended Parents will reimburse all the surrogate-related expenses before and during pregnancy, include but not limited to: travel expenses, medical bills, lost wage, maternal clothes, and monthly allowances. Q: Should I expect to take medications? ​ A: Yes. Most IVF clinics will require surrogates to take medications two months before and two months after the embryo transfer. Surrogates will also receive compensation for taking these medications. Q: Is there a chance that I contract a disease from the embryo transfer? ​ A: Before the embryo transfer, every intended parent MUST be medically screened for any diseases that are transmittable to the surrogates. This eliminates the possibility that surrogates will get a disease from the transfer. Q: What if I don’t get pregnant during the first IVF cycle? ​ A: Every pregnancy is different and sometimes it takes more than one IVF cycle to get pregnant. The success rate is 70% and each surrogate will remain their rights to decide if they want to continue to the next IVF cycle if the first one is not successful. Most intended parents will encourage the surrogates to commit up to three IVF cycles. During this period, intended parents will provide your monthly allowance and compensations. Q: What happens if I have to go on bed rest or have unexpected medical complications? ​ A: If you are required to go on bed rest on doctor’s orders, you will be compensated once you show the doctor’s notes. Your lost wages, housekeeping expenses, children daycare expenses will also be compensated. If you have an unexpected medical complication or are having to do invasive procedures related to the pregnancy, the intended parents will be able to cover all expenses and provide compensations for you.

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