Not all couples are blessed with a child. When couples who intend to become parents and start a family, they often require assistance due to the inability to give birth independently. Surrogacy is the method by which intended parents are assisted during reproduction. In the process of surrogacy, there are two sides involved—the intended parents and the gestational surrogate (a woman who carries the fetus). There are 2 kinds of surrogacy. The most common is the traditional surrogacy and then there is gestational surrogacy. In the traditional surrogacy, generally, the surrogate gets pregnant with her own eggs getting clinically fertilized by the intended father’s sperm. In case of gestational surrogacy, the surrogate only lends her womb. With the help of in-vitro fertilization, embryos are formed and implanted in the surrogate’s womb.
Surrogacy clinic – what it is and how it works
Once you are into surrogacy whether traditional or gestational you will have to work with a surrogacy clinic. This surrogacy clinic ensures that all medical procedures are done properly—surrogacy is an elaborate process and involves many parts. Most importantly, both the intended parent and surrogate parent should be comfortable with the medical professionals in the surrogacy clinic.
You must make sure you check the following points when you zero down on a surrogacy clinic:
Initial medical screening – It is important for a surrogate to go through the screening process in a surrogacy. One has to make sure that the physical condition of the surrogate is fine to go through the screening process. Medical investigations like blood tests and saline sonograms are conducted on the surrogate.
IVF process – Once the future parents and the surrogate have gone through the medical tests, the in vitro fertilization to form the embryo takes place. This entire process needs to be done in the surrogacy clinic. Hence the clinic must have the appropriate infrastructure. The professionals in the clinic must guide through the entire process.
Testing the surrogate’s hormone – Finally, the surrogacy clinic will have to test the surrogate mother’s blood and hormone, in order to ensure that the pregnancy has taken place successfully. As this will be surrogate pregnancy the testing process has to be much more detailed and elaborate than in normal pregnancy. It cannot be done without the help of medical professionals in the clinic.
How can you find a surrogacy clinic?
In most of the cases, the intended parents finalize upon the surrogacy clinic, even before they have found a surrogate that matches them. Many a time fertility clinics act as surrogacy clinics and hence the intended parents already have a relationship with these clinics. However, if you have not been able to finalize on a surrogacy clinic, then there are many surrogacy agencies that will help you to connect with the right surrogacy clinic to embark upon this new journey of parenthood.
Many surrogacy clinics work in collaboration with gamete banks and in case you are opting for gestational surrogacy they help you to easily find an embryo of your choice. However, before you choose your surrogacy clinic make sure you have done thorough research at your end.