The Surrogacy
Process

We will give you a solid understanding of what to expect from consultation to surrogate matching to legal and medical procedures.

The Basics

What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where a woman (the surrogate) carries and gives birth to a child on behalf of intended parents.

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What does surrogate mean?

The term surrogate refers to a woman who carries and gives birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple. In the context of assisted reproduction, a surrogate, also known as a gestational carrier, agrees to undergo the pregnancy and childbirth process with the intention of handing over the child to the intended parents after birth.

The surrogate may become pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or through other means involving donor eggs, donor sperm, or both. The role of a surrogate is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the developing fetus until delivery, helping individuals or couples who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to have a child of their own.

How does the surrogacy process work?

The surrogacy process typically involves matching intended parents with a suitable surrogate, undergoing medical procedures like IVF to create embryos, transferring the embryos to the surrogates uterus, and ensuring proper care and support throughout the pregnancy. Legal procedures are also involved to establish parental rights.

Is surrogacy legal?

Surrogacy laws vary by country and even within different states or regions. Some countries have specific legislation that governs surrogacy, while others have restrictions or outright bans.

Get in touch with us to know more about surrogacy laws in your jurisdiction.

Our Surrogacy Process

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The Details

The detailed process varies across countries and across clinics so we will discuss the detail with you once you decide upon a country. Across all programs, in the event you need to undergo additional cycles then each cycle will add a further 1 3 months to the journey depending on whether it is just a surrogate cycle or another egg donor cycle.

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Navigating Major Milestones

You must appreciate that in IVF, the timing is driven by the womans menstrual cycle and although this is influenced by medication every woman still has a particular biological clock that determines the timing of embryo transfers.

This is the first major milestone about which most of our clients become anxious. We understand that and it is a period when we support you and try to allay your concerns.

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Optimizing Surrogacy Process

The surrogacy process always involves the selection of optimum gametes and the scheduling of embryo transfer at a time the surrogate mothers womb is most conducive to a pregnancy. The health of the surrogate mother and a successful healthy pregnancy are the primary objectives of all involved.

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Success Through Comprehensive Measures

The selection of a healthy young woman as an egg donor, the selection of individual sperm, clinical assistance with the fertilization process, the selection of the best quality embryos, preparation of the surrogate with medication and embryo transfer with or without a CGH/PGD process are all elements in ensuring the best chance of a successful pregnancy

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After Embryo Transfer

After the embryo transfer you will be given an approximate date for a pregnancy test (blood) normally 12 15 days later. This will involve multiple blood tests over a number of days.

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Early Pregnancy Monitoring

If this test is positive then an ultrasound examination and blood test will be scheduled for about the embryos gestational age of 5 weeks. This ultrasound should show an embryonic sac, and perhaps an embryo, if the pregnancy is successful.

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First Trimester Medical Appointments

If pregnant, the surrogate mum will then have medical appointments normally every 2 weeks in the first trimester until an ultrasound is done at 12 weeks and the foetus is checked for development and a heartbeat.

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Second Trimester Medical Care

In the second trimester the surrogate mum will have medical appointments every 3 weeks, approximately, during which she will have an ultrasound, blood and urine tests and physical examination.

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Preparing for Delivery

In the final weeks the doctor will make a decision as to the delivery date and method, the IPs will be advised immediately if there is a confirmed date for any induced labour or caesarean delivery.

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Support Throughout Pregnancy

Throughout the pregnancy a social worker/counsellor/nurse will meet with the surrogate weekly, sometimes at her residence, to ensure there are no issues in terms of her lifestyle, environment and psychological wellbeing.

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