As you navigate your path to parenthood, it is important to understand the medical process involved in bringing your baby into this world. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential steps and procedures that take place to ensure the health and well-being of both the surrogate mother and the precious life she carries.
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Step 1: The Medical Screening
Once you have been matched with a surrogate, the medical evaluation process begins. The surrogate will undergo a thorough medical examination conducted by a reputable fertility clinic of your choosing. If you aren’t currently working with a clinic, we can connect you with one from our network of professionals.
This screening is to ensure that the surrogate is physically ready to carry a pregnancy to term and safely deliver your baby. The evaluation typically includes a review of her medical history, a physical examination, blood and urine tests and a sonogram.
Once the medical evaluations and tests are complete, the fertility clinic will create a customized treatment plan for the surrogate. This plan often involves a personalized regimen of fertility medications to prepare the surrogate's uterus for embryo transfer.
Step 3: IVF and the Embryo Transfer
As your surrogate is preparing for transfer day following the medical instructions of your fertility clinic, a dedicated medical team will be preparing the embryos for transfer utilizing in vitro fertilization (IVF). In gestational surrogacy, this process involves combining the eggs from the intended mother or generous donor with the sperm from the intended father or donor. That means the surrogate is not related to the baby in any way — your gestational carrier will not share any DNA with your baby.
Once your surrogate is ready for the embryo transfer, your doctor will carefully perform this procedure at your fertility clinic. After the embryo transfer is complete, your surrogate may be asked to rest for 24 hours before traveling home.
Step 4: Pregnancy Confirmation & Monitoring
Approximately 10 days after the embryo transfer, your surrogate will have HCG labs to determine if the transfer was successful.
It's important to remember that achieving a successful surrogate pregnancy may require multiple embryo transfers, and the journey is unique for each individual. Our fixed fee structure accounts for unlimited transfer attempts. We are dedicated to providing constant support as you build your family.
Once the HCG test reveals positive results, you can take a moment to celebrate. Your family just took one massive step forward! From there, the fertility clinic will arrange further blood tests and ultrasounds to confirm and closely monitor the progress of your surrogate’s pregnancy.
Step 5: Welcoming Your Baby Home
This is the day you’ve been waiting for. After months of anticipation, planning and longing, this precious little life becomes a permanent part of your family. You get to hold your baby in your arms and know that they are yours to love for the rest of your life. It's a time filled with overwhelming happiness and gratitude. The journey may be over, but the love and happiness you’ve gained will last a lifetime.
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