What to Expect When You’re a Surrogate
The Screening and the Match
Once you have been accepted as a surrogate, before being matched with intended parents, you will be thoroughly screened. The screening process has several aspects:
- Physical and medical evaluation
- Psychological evaluation
- Reproductive evaluation
Once you are through the screening stage, the agency will help to match you with your intended parents. Some agencies allow the intended parents to choose first while others allow the surrogate to choose first. Once there’s a match, a meeting will be scheduled.
The Medical Work-up and Transfer
During the next stage you will visit the IVF clinic where the physician will explain the medical process to you and you will have a full examination. You will learn about the medications you will need to take to ready your uterus for the implantation of the embryo, and any necessary restrictions or expectations. You may also need to take hormone medication to match your cycle to that of the egg donor or intended mother. For the transfer procedure, your doctor will insert a small catheter through to your uterus to implant the embryo.
The Pregnancy and Delivery
During the course of surrogate pregnancy, your condition will be monitored more frequently than you would be during a traditional pregnancy. This is to ensure the safety of you and the child. It is likely that you will be required to have your blood drawn and have ultrasounds on a regular basis.
In the event you are carrying multiple babies, you may be required to have more extensive monitoring. It is also important that you maintain regular communication with the intended parents up to the delivery so they are aware of your health and any need for support. Your agency will help you and the intended parent prepare a birth plan for the delivery.