Surrogacy – HRC Fertility

The Surrogacy Process

Michael Feinman, MD What types of patients are candidates for surrogacy?

Surrogacy is emerging as a popular option for helping people with fertility issues start or grow their families.

A surrogate is a woman who carries and delivers a baby for an infertile couple, and can be a friend, family member or volunteer. All surrogates undergo extensive physical and psychological screening to insure their suitability.

There are many important decisions to make prior to choosing a surrogate. You need to understand and be prepared for the costs involved for the whole process. You and your partner must also decide whether to use your own egg and sperm, or if you need a donor. You will then choose a clinic that can best address all your needs.

Choosing a surrogate can be a difficult decision, so many parents-to-be decide to use an agency to simplify the process. Agencies can connect you with potential surrogates and provide extensive screening on your behalf. HRC can help you find a recommended agency in your countryand work closely with them through the process of expanding your family.

No. After an initial phone consultation and testing, patients can start treatment in their own countries and are monitored by a local fertility clinic that works closely with HRC. HRC Fertility manages the cycle remotely.

Once patients are halfway through the treatment cycle, they come to California, where they will stay for 7-14 days. During that stay, the following happens:

With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate uses her own egg and the intended fathers sperm to create the embryo. The surrogate undergoes ovulation induction in order to produce multiple eggs, and most often undergoes intrauterine insemination to become pregnant. She then carries the baby to term with the intention of giving the child to the intended parents. Since she has genetic ties to the child, the surrogate must legally forfeit her rights before the couple is able to conceive the child.

With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is only providing the womb for the embryo to develop into a healthy pregnancy. The intended mother and father undergo a standard in vitro fertilization cycle to create an embryo or embryos with their own genetic material. The reproductive cycles of the mother and the surrogate are synchronized, and the embryo is transferred to the uterus of the surrogate to be carried to term. Since the surrogate has no genetic ties to the baby, the intended parents can receive the child immediately following the birth. Using a gestational surrogate is a great solution for some couples struggling to get and stay pregnant.

There are several requirements that must be met for a woman to be a surrogate. First, the woman needs to be between the ages of 21 and 39. Second, she should have had at least one previous successful and uncomplicated pregnancy, although a C-section delivery may be okay. Third, she must be generally healthy for her own sake and for the sake of the unborn child. She will undergo a full medical screening, including a screening for major diseases and STDs. Most important, a woman who is considering becoming a surrogate must have a generous heart and be willing to give this gift to a couple that is looking to complete their family.

Choosing a surrogate can be a difficult decision. Because there is a wide range of elements to take into consideration, many couples decide to use an agency to help simplify the process.

An agency can help sort through the medical histories of potential surrogates, find answers to questions about the surrogates lifestyle, oversee physical and mental screenings, and help guide interview conversations about difficult topics, such as selective reduction in the case of multiple babies. Additionally, an agency can connect you with legal and insurance experts to ensure you are making educated choices HRC works closely with agencies across the world and can help you choose the right agency for you.

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