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Understanding Surrogacy

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  • Written By: Mark Denker, M.D.

Nothing is more important than becoming parents for couples and individuals facing infertility. After trying a number of fertility treatments, some resort to choosing a gestational surrogate to fulfill their dream of parenthood. Gestational surrogacy is when a surrogate is implanted with an embryo that is created by IVF, and the surrogate carries the pregnancy to full term. The surrogacy process can be difficult to navigate and understand without proper guidance. In this blog, we give an overview of the process and what to expect.

Who do you choose?

Some couples enter the surrogacy process with a valid surrogate in mind, whether it be a friend, relative, or someone else whom they know personally. Others start the process an agency or fertility clinic and enlist the help of a professional. The relationship you have with your surrogate is important – not only do you want to ensure their background checks are cleared, but you want to make sure you and your carrier share similar priorities and values.

The Screening Process

Potential carriers should provide you with information regarding their medical and obstetric history during the screening process. It’s important to keep in mind that this is the woman who will be carrying your child. You want to make sure she has and will continue to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout the course of the pregnancy. Don’t avoid asking uncomfortable questions in an effort to avoid offending a potential carrier.

Seeking Guidance

Looking for a surrogate can be an extremely overwhelming and emotional process, and it’s not uncommon to feel as though you need support or guidance. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we are proud to bring together surrogates and potential parents. We can assist you with addressing cost, communication, and other sensitive issues that may come up throughout the process.

Palm Beach Fertility Center has been helping individuals fulfill their dream of becoming parents since 1994. If you’re struggling with infertility and don’t know where to turn, our Boca Rotan fertility specialist can discuss your options and help determine which route is best for you. Call (888) 819-5177 to schedule an appointment.