So, you’ve just hit the “send” button and submitted your application to become a surrogate. The next big part of the process is surrogate screening. And this is for several reasons. But the biggest reason of all is that future parents wanting to have a child through surrogacy are making an emotional and financial investment. They have waited years for this moment – they need to make sure they find the right woman to carry their baby.
Who Does the Surrogate Screening?
A handful of examples may include the following:
- Healthy women between the ages of 19 to 42
- Applicants must have at least one pregnancy with no complications
- Applicants must not be on any government assistance and financially stable
- No drug use and no smoking
- The applicant and her partner must not have any felony convictions
Other areas of screening include psychological and medical.
Many surrogates who go through the process are surprised to learn how much screening takes place. Careful planning is what surrogacy is all about.
What Is Medical Surrogate Screening?
Every IVF physician or IVF clinic may have a different screening process. Many of them are similar when it comes to surrogate screening. After a woman goes through these tests and procedures, an IVF specialist gives their opinion if she is healthy enough to move forward.
These medical screenings can include the following:
- Bloodwork panel
- Gynecological exam
Another standard test is a hysteroscopy to examine the uterus, the lining, and cervix. It’s important to remember that there are reasons for these tests. Also, the results will determine whether a woman can become a surrogate. At reputable surrogacy agencies, it’s all about the health and safety of a surrogate and the baby she is carrying.
In some instances, an IVF clinic may require a woman’s partner also have a blood test. Infectious diseases that could be passed on are screened such as STIs.
Why Is A Psychological Evaluation Necessary?
The words “psychological evaluation” may trigger a rise in blood pressure, right? But really, this process is more of a dialogue between a candidate and a licensed therapist. This professional has experience with surrogate mothers and intending parents.
The main point of the evaluation is to determine if a woman is ready for surrogacy. It’s also an opportunity to see if she is a good match for the intending parents.
For many women, the evaluation helps a woman decide if she is ready for the time and commitment of surrogacy. Consider it as another step in the decision-making process.
The surrogate screening process is incredibly important. These women are giving their intending parents the most precious gift of all.