IVF with a Surrogate
Couples and individuals planning to work with Growing Generations on growing their family naturally have many questions about the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process.
Growing Generations makes this as straightforward a process as possible, although it does take considerable time and effort. Surrogates are screened thoroughly by GG for their medical history, obstetric history, medications, and any possible issues that might affect the pregnancy process. GG’s goal is to find the woman that will be the ideal surrogate for your child.
Both the surrogate and her partner will be screened for infectious diseases, drug use, and she will undergo a physical exam, including a pelvic ultrasound, to make sure she is healthy for pregnancy. Once the laboratory tests are completed, GG combines the medical history and the psychological evaluations to match surrogates with potential parents. The legal process is initiated, which clearly spells out both the parents’ and surrogates’ legal rights and responsibilities.
Then the IVF process is ready to begin. Both the surrogate and the egg donor are put on birth control pills to synchronize menstrual cycles. The egg contributor, whether it be the intended mother and egg donor, takes fertility medication to stimulate egg production and the surrogate takes hormones to prepare her uterus for pregnancy. Fertilization occurs on the day of egg retrieval. About 3 to 5 days after fertilization the surrogate comes to the doctor’s office for the embryo transfer. If all goes well, she will have a positive pregnancy test about 2 weeks later.
Growing Generations and the IVF doctor will monitor the surrogate’s pregnancy for several weeks, then turn your surrogate’s pregnancy care over to her personal obstetrician. Because of GG’s attention to detail and thorough screening, we expect most pregnancies to be uncomplicated.
Please take time to watch this video from Dr. Bradford Kolb, medical director of HRC Fertility, to walk you through the process.