Why use an agency? Using an agency gives you an additional level of support that lets you and your intended parents focus on the pregnancy while handling your journey's business aspects.
Does using an agency mean I won't be close to my intended parents? Not at all! We encourage organic relationships and support your relationship.
How are your parents chosen? You choose your intended parents! We will present you with a profile for intended parents who we think will be a good fit for you, but it's your decision who you want to work with.
I have genital warts or genital herpes. Can I become a surrogate? Yes, although some parents may not be open to working with you, many are, and it is possible to have a safe pregnancy and delivery.
Can I be a surrogate if I am a lesbian? Yes, many of our surrogates are lesbians.
Am I related to the child? No, the egg will belong to either the intended mother or a donor.
Where is the baby born? At the hospital that you and your OB select, however, it is recommended that you have access to a level 2 or 3 NICU in most cases.
I have had an abortion. Can I be a surrogate? Yes.
Can I become a surrogate if I've had a miscarriage? Yes, many women have had a miscarriage.
I take medications. Can I be a surrogate? This is determined on a case by case basis depending on the doctor's recommendations and the medication you are on.
What if my husband isn't supportive? Your spouse must be supportive for you to become a surrogate.
What if I am not willing to abort? Abortion and selective reduction are very personal choices. You should never agree to anything you are not comfortable doing. We work with parents who are unwilling to reduce or abort; however, there are fewer of them, and matching could take longer.
Why do I have to give my personal information? We need to verify your medical history and identity to make sure you can become a surrogate.
What if my tubes are tied? Yes. Your tubes being tied does not affect the surrogacy.
What if I have an IUD? You will need to have it removed; if it is medicated, the clinic will determine how long you need to wait before transfer. If it is copper, you can begin right away.
What if I have Ensure? Maybe. This is on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the clinic and the springs' current location; most clinics will request OB clearance.
Do I need to travel? In most cases, yes, you will need to go to the parent's clinic for screening and transfer. Most monitoring can be done locally.
How long does the screening process take to become a surrogate? The screening takes approximately 2 - 3 months.
Whats happens during the screening? You will have labs completed and a saline ultrasound, as well as a psychological evaluation. These may be done in one appointment or spread out.
What does my husband need to do? Your husband will do labs for STD's and infectious diseases. He will also be required to sign the contract and be on board with your journey.
Why is BMI important? Your BMI can affect the safety of the pregnancy.
How much contact will I have with my intended parents? As much as you would like.
Can I keep one of the babies if it's twins? No. Any babies born through surrogacy belong to the intended parents.
Can I pick my doctor? Yes, however, your parents will also be involved in choosing who to work with.
Can I transfer a single embryo? Yes. We always recommend a single embryo transfer however there may be cases where twins are desired and that is a choice that will be made between you, the parents and the IVF doctor to make sure it is the best and safest choice for everyone.
Are there injections? Yes, in most cases.
Do I need bed rest? It will depend on your clinic's protocol.
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