The advanced medical community is able to help families to have children when they cannot conceive for any reason on their own through different surrogacy programs.

In Vitro Fertilization and gestational surrogacy combines the eggs and sperm of the two parents to create embryos. The embryos are then implanted in a surrogate’s uterus to grow as a baby normally would.

In Vitro Fertilization and egg donation programs use a donor to donate an egg that is fertilized with the father’s sperm and then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus to grow until childbirth.

How Do You Choose a Surrogate?

Approved California surrogacy members are tested very strictly though medical and mental evaluations to give prospective parents peace of mind in their choices. Most programs involve the intended family filling out a survey and choosing some of their photos to present to surrogate mothers. . Surrogates are strictly tested with a medical exam, screened for drug, nicotine and infectious diseases and they must pass a criminal background check. Usually only about 1 percent of applicants can actually pass all of the medical and psychological exams. An experienced fertility clinic also has an extensive application profess as well as interviews by phone and in person to access a person to accept as a surrogate. After a surrogate passes the psychological and medical testing phase, they receive photos of prospective parents. The surrogate makes a choice in which they submit their profile to the intended parents. When both a surrogate and a couple have agreed to meet, they have a meeting to get to know each other in person with a counselor from the California surrogacy agency. After all parties agree to the surrogacy, they sign documents and normally trust funds are set up to cover the pregnancy expenses.

What Are The Medical Procedures Involved?

For In Vitro Fertilization, both the surrogate and the mother begin taking medications to synchronize their cycles and to prepare for the fertilized embryo transfer.

In IVF with an egg donation, the egg donor begins medications for synchronizing the cycles and prepares for embryo transfer.

During the Pregnancy

The intended parents and the surrogate stay in contact throughout the entire pregnancy and usually meet at least every two weeks during the term. This allows the intended parents to form a bond with the surrogate and be as involved in the pregnancy process as possible. The intended parents usually go with the surrogate to her physician’s visits at least twice during the pregnancy.

Finally, the intended parents are at the birth of their child. A baby usually stays in the hospital at least one day after birth and after it has a medical clearance, the parents can take their new bundle of joy home.