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The Steps To Becoming A Surrogate

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Becoming a surrogate is incredibly rewarding experience. One of the greatest gifts is helping someone who is struggling with their fertility expand their family. Below are 11 steps to becoming a surrogate. To learn more about this process please call Reproductive Fertility or email us thru our contact form. We look forward to answering your questions.
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  1. The first step to becoming a surrogate is to make sure this is the right choice for you. Becoming a surrogate is a rewarding and fulfilling time in your life, but it is also a long term commitment that requires you to be dedicated to the process for a year or more.
  2. Part of your commitment is to be available for all required appointments, whether doctor visits, appointments with an attorney, or any other appointment needed.
  3. You must be able to understand the process and be involved in every step. Being involved may mean being comfortable self-administering medication injections. It is not a difficult process and you will be given detailed instructions and support throughout the treatment.
  4. When you are ready to commit you must provide your complete medical history including pregnancy reports and most recent pap smear and yearly gynecological exam along with your fully completed questionnaire.
  5. Only after these 4 steps have been completed will the agency begin to search for a match, and set up your first phone or in person meeting (depending on both parties comfort level).
  6. Once you have been matched, the medical exam will be completed. This will include lab work including blood and urine, as well as a vaginal exam and a complete history and physical. It is important to understand that lab work will need to be done for your partner as well.
  7. You and your partner will each have a psychological evaluation to ensure that you both understand and are completely comfortable with your decision to become a surrogate.
  8. When the medical and psychological exams have been completed and you have both been cleared, legal contracts are prepared. Your attorney will guide you so that you understand what you have read, and can sign, if you agree to all terms. Your attorney will not be the same as the intended parents’ attorney. This is to make sure that your rights and wishes are protected.
  9. After legal documents are in place, your actual medical treatment begins as your body is prepared for the embryo transfer. This will involve approximately one month of medications to thicken your uterine lining in anticipation of the upcoming transfer. This medication includes the injectable medication mentioned previously.
  10. Once your embryo transfer is completed you will be on bedrest for anywhere between 2 – 5 days, depending on what your doctor advises. You will need help and support during this time.
  11. You must be available and flexible for all doctor visits during uterine preparation leading up to transfer all the way through your first trimester. This will be a minimum of 6 visits.