Surrogate Mother and STD's (sexually transmitted diseases)

Guide for Intended Parents

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STDs are not to be taken blithely in the surrogacy process as they can create permanent and detrimental effects on any unborn child.

STDs does not automatically disqualify you from becoming a Surrogate Mother. All fertility clinics will require potential Surrogate Mothers to undergo all-encompassing physical and psychological testing preceding becoming permitted as an acceptable carrier.

While some clinics and Intended Parents will automatically disqualify a potential Surrogate Mother who has an STD, this is not a hard and fast rule. With proper arrangements, it becomes a non-factor.

The main problem with any virus is the destructive backlinking to the baby at birth. The unpretentious answer to this is the delivery transcending through C-section instead of vaginally. The risk to the child from an active Herpes infection is only be present during delivery, though typically a required C-section is implemented to be safe.

Disclosing Information during the Matching Process

The most important thing for a potential Surrogate Mother is to disclose this information during the matching process.

This will save everyone cherished time and money allowing Intended Parents to move forward and it stimulates that you are honest and forthright with information, even critical information, which is vital in a surrogacy agreement.

If this information is not disclosed in the development of testing, and later discovered, it can leave a negative lasting impact on your relationship with both the clinic and the Intended Parents.

Surrogate Mothers should not be offended if a clinic or Intended Parent rejects you based on a STD. Surrogacy is expensive and taps into a highly emotional journey. Intended Parents are extra cautious and extra complex to such issues.