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How do monitoring appointments work?

A typical monitoring appointment consists of two components. Firstly, lab work is done to check the presence of particular hormones in the blood, such as estrogen and progesterone levels. Secondly, ultrasounds are used to check the thickness of the uterus, the development of any cysts, and ovulation. The aim is to create an optimal lining to increase the chances of a successful embryo transfer.

What to Expect at the Medical Screening

If you are considering becoming a gestational carrier, you should be aware that the process involves thorough testing and screening. As part of the process, you will need to undergo a medical screening at the Intended Parent’s clinic. This appointment can take an entire day as the clinic staff will need to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the process safely.

The Agency’s Role In Your Surrogacy Journey

Our staff of experienced surrogates and intended parents have the training and knowledge to assist with every aspect of your journey. Those who are new to surrogacy can find the entire process overwhelming. Our goal is to make your journey as stress free as possible so that everyone can focus on what’s most important, bringing a baby into this world.

Trying Again After a Failed Transfer

Even when everything goes as planned leading up to the embryo transfer, transfers can fail. Regardless of the reason, a failed transfer can be difficult to process. Surrogate S shares her experience with a failed embryo transfer.

Surrogate Medications

The medications prescribed during an IVF cycle can seem overwhelming at times. Take a deep breath, you totally got this! We want your IVF experience to be a positive one, and we will support you in any way we can to reach that goal. Our team of experienced Gestational Carriers will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with your medication protocol. We will review your calendar with you and answer any questions you have. We will also work with you to make sure you have all of the medications and supplies you need to stay on schedule.

To Test or Not to Test

After the embryo transfer, it is normal to feel mixed emotions of being excited and nervous. You may be eager to take at home pregnancy tests before your beta hCG blood test. Although it is tempting to take an at home test, it is important to have a conversation with your Intended Parents prior to testing at home to discuss if they are comfortable with it.

Common Surrogacy Misconceptions

There are many misunderstandings surrounding surrogacy that stem from the lack of knowledge on the topic by the general population. Due to social media and media coverage, surrogacy has become more well known to the public in recent years. However, facts are often misconstrued and shared in a biased way. We strive to spread awareness about surrogacy that will help suppress some of the most common misconceptions and bring light to ethical surrogacy practices. Our blog highlights some of most popular misconceptions we often hear.

Single Embryo Transfer (SET) vs Double Embryo Transfer (DET)

What exactly is the difference between a DET (double embryo transfer) and SET (single embryo transfer)? When undergoing a SET, only one embryo is transferred to a woman’s uterine lining. A DET involves two embryos being transferred. The goal of ART (assisted reproductive technology) is to produce a healthy singleton pregnancy. The safest way to reach this goal is through SET. Singleton pregnancies have lower risks for both the carrier and baby.

What does a surrogacy relationship look like?

When our intended parents and gestational surrogates meet for the first time- they are almost always strangers. What we often see are relationships that build and grow naturally over time. We love witnessing the beautiful and genuine bonds during the course of their journeys.

My Surrogacy Experience

Surrogate J shares her thoughts on what her experience has been like so far throughout her surrogacy journey and how this pregnancy has been similar yet different from her own.

COVID-19 Research and Surrogacy

One of the biggest questions we are facing in the world of surrogacy right now centers around the COVID-19 vaccination. “Are you vaccinated?” and “Are you willing to get vaccinated?”

Medicaid and Surrogacy

One of our pre-screening requirements is that surrogate applicants are not receiving any form of government assistance.  What does government assistance have to do with wanting surrogacy?  The truth, a lot!

Preparing for Embryo Transfer

After you complete your screenings and match with intended parents you will begin preparing to cycle for your embryo transfer procedure. You will receive your medication calendar and instructions from the IVF clinic. If you have never been through the IVF process before the information can feel overwhelming. We hope this guide helps you feel more comfortable with this exciting milestone.

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