The advantages of an obstetrician-managed surrogacy program
The health of both the Surrogate and the baby are our number one priority.
While in many OB offices this testing is reserved only for high-risk pregnancies, most Intended Parents who undergo IVF and surrogacy find it a crucial reassurance that their child will be healthy. Unfortunately, most Intended Parents are not even aware these tests are available nor do they have the opportunity to elect to have them done. As an OB-managed agency, Physician’s Surrogacy secures your option and provides reassurance for a successful outcome.
NIPT | Surrogate’s blood DNA | Physician Surrogacy
Performed: 9–13 weeks
A prenatal screening looks at DNA from your baby’s placenta through a sample of your Surrogate’s blood.
First-Trimester Screening Blood Test
Performed: 10–14 weeks
This test offers early information about a baby’s risk of Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) and extra sequences of chromosome 18 (trisomy 18).
Performed: 10–14 weeks
Assess your developing baby’s risk of having Down Syndrome (DS-trisomy 21), congenital heart problems, Patau (trisomy 13) and Edwards (trisomy 18) syndromes.
AFP Quad Screen
Performed: 15–20 weeks
A quad screen is used to evaluate whether the baby has an increased chance of having Down Syndrome or neural tube defects. Also identifies Trisomy 18, Spina bifida, Abdominal wall defects
During our surrogacy journey, our embryo split resulting in twins! Our Surrogate was originally going to visit her previous OB who had delivered her children. However, due to the distance from where she lived to the hospital, she needed to see a doctor at a closer location. Through their vast network, Physician’s Surrogacy was able to find a practicing OB closer to the hospital and ensured that they had the capacity to handle a high-risk case. They also made sure that the hospital had the proper level NICU. It was all worked out so quickly and our Surrogate was able to be seen by the new OB the same week!
My Surrogate was medically cleared and completely healthy when we started our journey, but during a routine check-up, her OB noticed she had an elevated AFP level during the second trimester. Naturally, we all got really scared and imagined the worst-case scenario. Luckily, a physician from Physician’s Surrogacy was able to coordinate a meeting with a Perinatologist, GYN Oncologist, and the OB to devise a plan to ensure that both the Surrogate and baby were safe. I am happy to say our Surrogate’s amino fluid tested normal and we have a healthy baby!
Our Surrogate journey was relatively easy until she had unexpected bleeding and pre-term contractions. A physician stepped in and did a peer-to-peer with her managing OB and they both decided on the proper protocol in order to ensure a safe journey and delivery. Our Surrogate was put on bed rest and she had our full support along with her Surrogate support manager, case manager and the entire Physician’s Surrogacy team! Without our agency being physician managed, I don’t know what our outcome would have been! I am so happy our Surrogate was healthy and safe and so was our baby boy!