Process of Surrogate’s Pregnancy | Physician Surrogacy

What happens if the Intended Parents are not able to pick up the child once it is born?

Our agency makes sure that the power of attorneys is in place, well before the birth of the baby. This power of attorney gives a Newborn Care Nanny the legal guardianship rights and care for the baby until the Intended Parents are able to pick up the child. With the power of attorneys in place, Physician’s Surrogacy ensures that the Surrogates will never have to care for the baby after giving birth under any circumstances.

How long does it take until the Embryo is transferred?

It takes usually about 2-6 months until the embryo is transferred. We will bring you in for a medical screening and set up a psychological evaluation. Once you agree to your match, you will enter into the legal contracts phase. Here, you will be provided with your own legal counsel. The clinic will begin a cycle calendar for you and instruct you to begin hormone injections.

Will I have to travel to San Diego every time I go see the fertility doctors?

In most cases, long-distance travel will only be required for medical screening and embryo transfer, during the initial stages of the fertility treatment.  Once you are near the end of your first trimester, you will be released to your local OB doctor who will continue your medical care throughout the rest of your pregnancy. The location you will be required to travel to will be determined by the clinic location your intended parents have selected to store their embryos.

Who pays for me to travel? – Physicians Surrogacy

The intended parents that you are matched with will pay any traveling expenses related to your surrogacy.

Can I start the process if I’m breast feeding?

Unfortunately, as one of the qualifications, we require Surrogates to be done with breastfeeding for at least one month before beginning the surrogacy process.

Can I start the process if I’m on birth control?

Yes. Birth control does not prevent you from being a Surrogate. Our Surrogate case managers will be able to go over the process during your phone interview.

Is there anything required of my spouse/partner?

During the initial screening process, we will require a background check of anyone over the age of 18 that lives in your household. If you are married, both you and your spouse will need to sign the acceptance agreement. Also, we will be including it in your legal contract. During the medical screening process, your partner/spouse will have to provide a blood and urine sample. Your partner will play a significant role as part of your support team during your surrogacy journey.

Do I get to choose the Intended Parent(s) I will be working with?

Yes, during your second intake interview of the surrogacy process, we will gather the qualifications criteria. It will help us in finding Intended Parents that match your preferences. Once the Intended Parent(s) reviews your profile and shares an interest in working with you, we will reach out to you and coordinate a call or video chat. After speaking/meeting, both parties will communicate to Physician’s Surrogacy if they wish to work together. Once both parties agree, it will be considered a match.

How long does it take until I am matched?

This is dependent on each case, but typically two weeks to a couple months. The length of the process depends on your preferences in Intended Parents and your responsiveness when they express interest in your profile. After your initial application, we will call you to talk about the surrogacy process and answer any questions you may have. We will then send you our compensation package and other documents to find out. Your intake coordinator can give you a rough estimate based on your profile how long it will take to match you.

What is the process to become a Surrogate, in the medical aspect?

  • Initially, we will arrange for a preliminary blood work screening at a facility near your home.
  • Once you have successfully passed the initial blood work screening, the next step will be a comprehensive medical screening which will include a pelvic exam, ultrasound, additional blood work, and cultures for sexually transmitted diseases and toxic substances. If applicable, you will be given lab orders for your partner to also have blood work screening for STDs and toxic substances.
  • Once medically, psychologically and legally cleared, an IVF cycle calendar will then be created with important dates and prescription medications. Our physician’s office will go over in detail the names of the medications, instructions on use, and side effects. It is important to note that once injections begin, the surrogate must abstain from sexual intercourse. During the cycle, but prior to the actual embryo transfer, you will be required to go to the doctor’s office for vaginal ultrasounds and bloodwork at least one to two times per week. It is vital that you attend these appointments and take the medications as instructed by your physician.
  • The embryo transfer happens approximately four weeks after the start of injectable medications. The transfer itself is about a ten-minute procedure. The embryos are placed in fluid in a syringe with a small catheter tube. The catheter is put through the cervix and into the uterus where the embryo is transferred. You will be required to be on bed rest for 24-72 hours depending on the physician’s protocol. While on bed rest, it is important to remain calm and still to give the embryos the best possible chance for taking. Follow up appointments for blood work between the transfer and the pregnancy test will occur to monitor hormone levels.
  • A pregnancy blood test will be done twelve to fourteen days after the transfer depending on how the calendar falls. There will be two blood tests and a heartbeat ultrasound to verify a positive pregnancy. Once you are pregnant you will continue your medications to ensure that the pregnancy will continue to grow. Once the pregnancy is stable (around 10-12 weeks) you will be instructed to stop the medications and begin to see your personal OB doctor for the remainder of the pregnancy.
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