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Can I, or Can't I Be a Surrogate? 

Are you altruistic?  Are you loving? Are you caring? Are you selfless?  If you answered yes to those questions, you are off to a good start.  Surrogacy is a solution for people who cannot carry a child naturally and choose to have a child passing on their genetic information.  It takes a woman who understands or could imagine what it is like to live a childless life, wanting nothing more than a child of their own, to become a Surrogate.  This emotional component is so important to the Intended Parents because it helps create the much-needed connection between the Surrogate and the Intended Parents.

Are you a mother over the age of 21 who has had an uncomplicated pregnancy taken to full term? It is important for a Surrogate to be a mother so that she understands how her body responds to pregnancy.  There are certain conditions like gestational diabetes and anemia that, if known before a Surrogate becomes pregnant, can be dealt with in the best possible manner to ensure the well-being of the Surrogate and baby.  This makes for a smooth journey and peace of mind for both the Surrogate and the Intended Parents. 

Am I located in a state that allows for Compensated Surrogacy? Compensated Surrogacy is not accepted in all 50 states.  Most states do have a position on Surrogacy, and they regulate it according to their point of view. The type of regulation can range from flat out prohibiting it, to regulating the process to keep Surrogacy safe. 

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 Tubal Ligation Process

There are many contraceptive measures both men and women can use to avoid pregnancy. There are some that are more permanent than others. For those parents who have already completed their family, including many Surrogates, one of the most effective ways, besides abstinence, of course, is to have mom “tie her tubes,” or tubal ligation. This form of contraception directly affects the woman’s body, but it does not require hormones or constant care for it to be effective.

The way it works is as follows: the Fallopian tubes serve as the tunnels the eggs must go through to arrive at the uterus. While on this journey, the egg may meet with sperm and become fertilized, turning into a zygote. If this happens, it travels down to the uterus.  If the zygote successfully attaches to the uterine lining, an embryo is formed, and a baby will begin to grow. If fertilization does not occur, the uterine lining comes out of the body in the form of what we call “the period,” or menstruation.  

Gestational Carriers are carrying the Intended Parents’ embryo, so there is no need for either the Gestational Carriers’ eggs, or their Fallopian tubes.  When the Surrogate goes through the embryo transfer procedure, the Intended Parents’ embryo is medically placed inside the Gestational Carrier’s uterus.  The doctor then determines if the embryo has attached and the pregnancy begins. 

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If you are interested in having tubal ligation performed, you can go to your doctor and ask what options you have, and how much it would cost.  There are centers providing the procedure at a lower cost.   

 

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How C-sections affect your Body

When a woman has had C-sections as opposed to natural birth, it is very important to protect her body.   This is why, if a woman applies to become a Surrogate, she cannot have had more than 2 C-sections prior to the Surrogacy pregnancy.

Benefits of C-section

One of the most appreciated results of a C-section is that you know exactly when the baby will be born, enabling you to plan accordingly. This is helpful to coordinate the activities of all those people you would like to have with you, and if you are a professional and must delegate your tasks, you can plan how responsibilities at work will be covered.

The duration of the birth is estimated better, because it takes as long as the surgery lasts.  With a vaginal birth, the baby can come out quickly or it could take hours. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, during a C-section, it takes 5-10 min to get the baby out, and 45 minutes to close the incision.

Backdrops of C-Section 

The procedure itself is an operation, and it involves cutting skin, cutting the abdomen, cutting through muscle and then cutting the uterus.  It is not something to be taken lightly.  This is why it is highly recommended that the C-section not be an elective method for having a child, but be used only if the doctor considers that the mother or the child’s life depends on it.

When a woman has a C-section, she typically stays 4 days in the hospital instead of the normal 2 when the birth is vaginal. Both the C-section and vaginal births are safe, but a vaginal birth will always be safer than a C-section. A C-section involves cutting the woman’s skin and internal tissue to retrieve the child.  The body's recovery mechanism works differently if the birth is natural vs. a C-section and the aim is to protect her well-being as well as the child’s.

Knowing and understanding your body is key to becoming a Surrogate.  Omega Family Surrogates is very conscious of how pregnancies affect women's bodies, and strive to make their journeys as comfortable and amazing as they should be.  This is why a Surrogate can have only 2 prior C-sections before becoming a Surrogate. For similar reasons, a woman may not have had more than 5 pregnancies prior to becoming a Surrogate.

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STEP 5: Gestational Surrogate Medical Screening

Omega Family Surrogates considers it important to be clear on our process and what it implies for our Gestational Carriers and IPs. This will put everyone in control of their unique Surrogacy Journey with us. Since October of last year, through this newsletter, the Omega Family Surrogacy Process has been laid out in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. In this issue of our Newsletter, we will be discussing the Gestational Surrogate Medical Screening.

After the Gestational Surrogate has been approved and has passed the psychological evaluation, the IVF clinic approves the GC’s medical records and schedules the Gestational Surrogate Medical Screening appointment. Each IVF clinic will have a different set of rules for the appointment and will send the GC the corresponding paperwork electronically. The GC must fill out the paperwork before arriving at the clinic. If questions arise, the GC can always count on her Omega Case Manager or the Surrogate Support Team Member that she chooses to answer them.  

The clinic will weigh the GC to verify the BMI, and check her blood pressure and lungs. Blood tests will be performed, and the results will take two weeks to arrive. The GC will undergo a vaginal ultrasound to ensure that her reproductive organs are healthy. If she has had previous C-sections the physician will examine her to make sure everything is alright.

 

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