About the Surrogacy Process
Surrogacy provides women and couples with the opportunity to have children when they have had difficulty conceiving on their own or other assisted reproductive technologies have failed. A surrogate is a woman who carries and delivers a baby for another patient. There are many complex medical and legal issues associated with surrogacy and it is important to find a reputable agency to assist you throughout the course of treatment. Our team at Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation have a wealth of knowledge and experience guiding patients through the surrogacy process at our Los Angeles, CA, fertility practice. If you have been considering finding or becoming a surrogate and would like more information about the process, please contact our Los Angeles or Tarzana office to make an appointment.
BECOMING A SURROGATE
Partnering with Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation, Inc. can help you save money, time, and energy. We will work with you every step of the way, alleviating any concerns and answering your questions.
Types of Surrogacy
Traditional surrogacy involves a woman who is artificially inseminated with the male partner's sperm. She will then carry the baby to term and give the child to the prospective parents. The surrogate is the child's biological mother because her egg was fertilized by the male partner's sperm. A traditional surrogacy is often recommended for women who have infertility issues related to the production of their eggs.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment has also made it possible for gestational surrogacy to take place. During this type of surrogacy, one or more eggs from the female partner are fertilized by the male partner's sperm and the embryo is then transferred to the surrogate's uterus. The surrogate will then carry the baby to term and deliver it to the intended parents. Because the "birth mother" has no genetic ties to the baby, gestational surrogacy carries fewer complex legal implications. For this reason, gestational surrogacy has become more popular than the traditional process.
Before they are included in the gestational carrier pool, prospective surrogates will be subjected to various screenings and tests. These assessments may include medical history and background checks, psychological tests and evaluations, and drug and infectious disease screenings. These steps ensure we find surrogates that are in optimal health and fully understand the emotional risks involved.
We take great care to help prospective parents find the best possible match for their surrogate from our gestational carrier pool. You will have the opportunity to meet her and there may be another round of screenings and evaluations, as needed. When all of the parties involved decide to move forward, we will begin to synchronize the cycles of the mother and the surrogate.
It is necessary to synchronize the menstrual cycles of the surrogate and the biological mother. This means the uterus is ready at the same time the eggs are harvested. We can accomplish this using fertility medications and hormone manipulation. The mother will be given additional medications to stimulate the development of multiple eggs, a necessary part of a standard IVF cycle.
Completing the Cycle
At the appropriate time during her cycle, the eggs will be retrieved through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The eggs will be fertilized with the male partner's sperm in our laboratory and allowed to develop into embryos. Our lab technicians will select the healthiest embryos for transfer to the surrogate's uterus.
Contact Our Office
If you are interested in the surrogacy process and would like more information, including costs and compensation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our caring specialists.