The process of surrogacy, also referred to as use of a gestational carrier, has been utilized for many years in the field of reproductive medicine. It is a reproductive therapy considered for women who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term, same-sex male couples, and for single men wishing to start a family. Choosing a surrogate is a highly personal decision, and it should be made with a background of information about the surrogacy process in general.
How does the surrogacy process begin?
The first step in this journey is identifying the individual who will act as your surrogate. This may be someone you know, a friend or family member, or a generous individual you may learn about with the help of an agency that specializes in surrogacy.
In working with an agency, patients will select a surrogate from a pool of volunteers who wish to help. The agency will connect both the surrogate and the patient, known as the “Intended Parent,” together to discuss the possibility of working together.
Regardless of the specific selection process, surrogates will have no DNA connection to the child.
What is the screening process for surrogates?
To become a surrogate, a woman must be considered healthy and fit to carry a pregnancy to term. Both physical and psychological screenings will take place to determine candidacy as a surrogate. This will require the surrogate to visit the fertility clinic to complete a series of medical tests for assessment. At the end of this screening process, the results will be shared with the intended parents before beginning the actual process.
At ReproMed, we provide the most advanced technologies in reproductive medicine paired with compassionate care and individual counseling to cater to each patient’s unique circumstances. To learn more, visit our website or give us a call at (972) 494-5438.