SURROGACY

Surrogacy is an assisted reproduction-based approach in which the intended parents assign the gestation and birth to another woman.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is an assisted reproduction-based approach in which the intended parents assign the gestation and birth to another woman called the surrogate mother. The drivers of surrogacy refer largely to infertility, medical conditions, same-sex couples’ parenting, and cases of diversity regarding sexual identity and orientation. Surrogacy consists of a valid option for a variety of conditions or circumstances ranging from medical to social reasons.

Infertility ( especially uterine factor infertility), medical conditions, diversities regarding sexual identity and orientation, and matters of social nature reflect the basic drivers behind patients’ decision to pursue surrogacy. Women with a severe Müllerian anomaly or a congenital absence of uterus and/or vagina are usual candidates for surrogacy. The condition of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome characterized by a female genotype and phenotype and accompanied with a congenital aplasia of the uterus and the vagina represents another category of patients requiring surrogacy.

Further to the above, Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (CAIS syndrome) where the uterus and ovaries are absent , as well as women who have undergone hysterectomy, presents as only few of the cases where surrogacy is imperative and women may choose this as a path to parenthood. Gestational surrogacy is also recommended in cases of Turner’s Syndrome due to the known cardiac and medical complications in these patients. Furthermore, surrogacy may present as an option for women with recurrent miscarriages or unidentified failure of infertility treatment. Heart or renal disease and severe Rhesus isoimmunization during pregnancy are valid reasons for the mother to avoid such high risk conditions and hence constitute solid grounds in opting for surrogacy.

Other indications for surrogacy are maternal medication for specific disease treatment that could potentially promote embryo’s teratogenesis or even severe genetic problems related to the intended parents. Social reasons for optional surrogacy may correspond to highly driven career women and the stress experienced by the intended mother regarding the physical changes and the discomfort associated with her perception of pregnancy.
Finally, surrogacy may fulfill same-sex couples’ or even a single parent’s desire for a genetically linked family.

Traditional Surrogacy

Traditional Surrogacy

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are fertilized using artificial insemination, making her the biological mother of the baby.

Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries a pregnancy for another person or couple.

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate becomes pregnant through in-vitro fertilization and has no biological connection to the baby. The Gestational Carrier undergoes the transfer of an embryo created through In-Vitro Fertilization using the eggs and sperm of the intended parent(s) and/or an egg/sperm donor.

The process & where to start

Dr. Invitro Gestational Surrogacy Guide for Intended Parents

Meet the Dr.Invitro Reproduction Team

Before you embark on the gestational surrogacy process, you will have a consultation with the physician. This initial consultation is usually done in the office, phone, or video conference. We will review all of our pertinent medical records and schedule all necessary testings needed (including FDA testing) for your treatment.

Following your consultation, our Financial Director will arrange a call with you to discuss our financial programs

Finding your surrogate

If you have not found a surrogacy agency to work with, we can refer you to a highly respected agency that meets your expectations and will assist in the process. Your assigned coordinator will work collaboratively with you and the agency to ensure all details and communication are appropriately managed.

Once your surrogate is identified, Dr.Invitro will proceed with her medical testings and psychological screening (if not conducted by the agency).

Medical Evaluation of the Carrier and Partner

The evaluation consists of a diagnostic uterine test on the carrier, physical exam, and infectious disease blood work on the carrier and her partner.

Drug testing is also required on both the carrier and partner (if applicable) as well.

Finalizing of plans for Cycle Start

The physician and Dr.Invitro team will meet to review all test results, documents, signed consents, and legal clearance from the surrogacy agency.

Once all requirements have been met, your surrogacy journey will commence.

Preparation for Intended Parents

As part of the gestational surrogacy process, Dr.Invitro works closely with the intended parents.

Our medical liaisons & coordinators are skilled in screening surrogates in our office and will hold your hand through every step of the way.

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