Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

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Who are intended parents?

Guided Surrogacy Solutions works with all types of couples and individuals who wish to become parents. We do not discriminate against age, ethnic background, marital status or sexual orientation.

when will we meet our surrogate?

Finding the perfect match is a very special and meaningful experience that we do not take lightly. After the virtual meeting with the Gestational Carrier, we are happy to organize and coordinate an in-person meeting.

how long is the surrogacy process?

From the first steps of applying with Guided Surrogacy Solutions to the delivery of the baby is approximately 14 - 18 months in length.

how much does surrogacy cost?

Check out our Blog to see the estimated breakdown in surrogacy costs.

what type of relationship will the intended parents and surrogate have?

We match Gestational Carriers and Intended Parents who are looking for the same type of relationship and have like minded interests. Wether you prefer to have a very business like relationship or plan to remain in contact after the birth of the child is up to the two parties.

How much travel is involved?

Gestational Carriers will travel approximately two times to the Intended Parent’s Fertility Clinic. Once for the Medical Screening and another for the Embryo Transfer. If you live within commuting distance of the clinic, you will travel there for lab work and ultrasounds up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you do not live within easy commuting distance to the Fertility Clinic, arrangements will be made to have your labwork and ultrasounds monitored at a fertility clinic near you.

what type of testing does a surrogate need?

Guided Surrogacy Solutions will never jeopardize your time by introducing you to a potential gestational carrier who has not passed all of our requirements.  We want the process to be as smooth and efficient as possible.
The prescreening of a surrogate includes the following criteria:

  1. Guided Surrogacy Solutions Review:

    1. Medical History Review

    2. Criminal Background Check for her and her Partner (State + Federal + Local), Sex Offender, & Civil Court Records

    3. Psychological Screening to ensure the Surrogate is prepared for the surrogacy journey

    4. Home Visit

  2. Fertility Clinic screenings can differ, but most often times include:

    1. Medical Records Review

    2. Physical/Pap Smear

    3. Routine Lab Work (Also includes varicella and rubella, and Rh factor)

    4. FDA Lab Work (HIV/Hepatitis/CMV/Syphilis)

    5. Sonohysterogram (Procedure that evaluates the uterus of the surrogate to ensure it is suitable for an embryo transfer and pregnancy)

    6. Meeting with Social Work or Psych

What if a surrogate does not pass medical screening at our fertility clinic?

We have very strict guidelines for potential Gestational carriers that align to ASRM guidelines. Prior to to the medical screening, the potential Gestational Carrier will have gone through a medial records review, psych screening, and criminal background check. Additionally, her records will have to be reviewed and approved by your Fertility Clinic.

However, if in the case that the potential Gestational Carrier does not pass the medical screening performed by your Fertility Clinic, Guided Surrogacy Solutions offers an unlimited rematch policy*.

what medication does a surrogate need to take?

Check out our Blog to learn more about Surrogacy Medications.

can embryos be tested?

Yes. There are two different types of testing currently available. PGD testing is for a specific hereditary disease identified through family history that you may be concerned about. PGS testing is for a variety of the more commonly known chromosomal abnormalities. This test can also identify gender.

we want twins. can we transfer two embryos to our surrogate?

This is determined by the Reproductive Endocrinologist according to SART guidelines. Even if a Gestational Carrier agrees to carry twins, this does not mean that two embryos can be transferred during the embryo transfer.

who will be in the room for the embryo transfer?

The team of physicians, embryologists, and staff will determine who is allowed to be in the room during the embryo transfer and if pictures and videos are allowed to be taken. Most clinics allow the gestational carrier and one additional support person in the room during the embryo transfer.

what appointments should we attend with our surrogate?

Being a part of your baby’s development from afar can be difficult. Intended Parents enjoy attending visits, especially the important ones, such as heartbeat confirmation and 20 week growth scan. Depending upon the location of the Gestational Carrier in relation to the Intended Parents, some will attend more visits than others and with technology such as FaceTime, some Intended Parents are able to attend virtually.

how is a surrogate compensated?

Compensation typically begins on the first day of the month post heartbeat confirmation. At that time, 10 monthly installments are paid to the Gestational Carrier through an Escrow company funded by the Intended Parents. In addition to the base compensation amount, additional reimbursement for maternity leave, clothes, travel and hotel, etc are paid throughout the course of the testing process and pregnancy as defined in the Surrogacy contract established by the Intended Parents and Gestational Carrier.

who will be in the delivery room?

It is important to have a plan in place for the delivery of the baby. Because each hospital has different policies for Gestational Carriers and Intended Parents, we coordinate with hospital admissions, labor delivery, and post partum units to confirm that there is a cohesive plan in place.

Some hospitals allow a maximum of four individuals in the delivery room, in addition to the Gestational Carrier. It is important to understand who those individuals will be, especially if a doula and birth photographer will be in attendance. Hospitals typically have different policies in place for c-sections.