Thе Surrоgасу Process

Thе Surrоgасу Process

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The process of becoming a parent through surrogacy is always going to start with the choosing of a surrogate mother. That is, the woman who will carry a baby to term for the intended parents. Depending on who you know or how much you know about this end of the process, choosing a surrogate can range from being easy and quick to drawn out and hard.

Choosing a friend or family member is as easy as knowing whether they would be able to do it before you even ask. It can be an awkward conversation or an amicable one. It all depends on how receptive they are to the idea and you would probably know this beforehand as well. A few people just put adverts out online on applicable websites and hope for the best.

The most favored and most used idea, though, is going through an agency that matches prospective parents with prospective surrogates. Once an agency is found, both the parents and the surrogate are going to go through a bit of a lengthy medical process.

It starts out by simply verifying the ages of everyone. A surrogate mother has to be in the optimal range of any woman giving birth, which is between the ages of 21 and 40. From that point, the standard STD and basic disease tests are conducted on all parties involved. Optimal health is strongly desired for the obvious reasons, but also for insurance reasons. The better the health is for everyone involved, the less expensive the required health insurance policy will be.

The surrogate mother will also have to have gone through at least one successful pregnancy and birth. Those details will be gone over as well. There will also be psychological tests on all parties to make sure they are psychologically fit for everything else they are about to go through, all the way up to taking their baby home with them. 

Once the non-medical process is taken care of, then the medical process begins.

The intended mother and surrogate mother begin taking medications that will synchronize their menstrual cycles.

From here, the intended mother will begin the protocol needed to get her ovaries ready to produce the eggs needed.

Once this is successful, the eggs will be retrieved and taken to the IVF lab to be mixed with the donated sperm. The culturing process usually takes three to five days.

While this is happening, the surrogate mother will be taking the needed medications that will ensure her uterine lining is suitable for pregnancy.

When both of these procedures are done, one embryo or more will be medically transferred to the uterus of the surrogate mother. In one to two weeks, the surrogate mother will take her test, most likely at the IVF clinic, to see if the procedure worked and she is pregnant. 

If this is successful, her first trimester will be monitored by the IVF clinic with the rest of her term monitored by a pre-chosen OB-GYN.

When the pregnancy comes to term and the baby is delivered, the intended parents get to take their new child home. 

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