How to participate in a surrogacy programme

You are undoubtedly wondering what happens when you cross the threshold of a fertility clinic:

The girl is met at reception, registered and taken to a waiting room. From there, a doctor will pick her up at a specific time.

You need to take your passport, ID code, marriage certificate, birth certificate of the baby, photo of the baby. Seemingly insignificant, but in the end an important point: Do not laminate your papers, this will complicate the procedure.

As the mother arrives on an empty stomach – first of all she is given blood and urine. A specialist examination and an ultrasound scan are carried out.

Then the woman rests – as a rule, clinics are equipped with cosy rooms with televisions, coffee and biscuits.

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Then the woman expects an appointment with her surrogate counsellor – with whom she signs a written consent for surrogacy. You can read the text in advance in our database.

When all the analyses are ready and deciphered, the surrogate mother-to-be being allowed to undergo the programme for 1 month (as this is the minimum period of validity of the test results). During this period, the clinic managers pick up the couple who are waiting in line for happiness.

Parents sign a contract with a surrogate mother. The lawyers of our foundation will tell you how to do it correctly and take into consideration all the nuances.

When all the legal details are taken care of, preparations for a surrogate pregnancy and embryo transfer begin. A woman is prescribed medicines that will nourish her endometrium and make it ideal for implantation. Hormones must also come on ‘alert’, so their production is stimulated as well. If you are interested in more details, we are ready to advise you on the telephone numbers in the header of our website.

After about a month of preparation, we fertilize the donor egg with the sperm of the future father, and within 3-5 days the fertilized embryo grows in the laboratory. On the 5th day the embryo is ready for implantation into the nutrient medium of the surrogate’s endometrium.

Artificial insemination is similar to natural insemination (as funny as it may sound). Only instead of the male sex organ, there is a thin machine that inserts the embryo into the vagina. Therefore, the procedure is absolutely painless and is carried out without anaesthesia. After the procedure, you will need to lie down for a couple of hours and read a book or watch TV – in a horizontal position there is a higher chance of getting pregnant. Then you can go home.

After 14 days the first pregnancy test is done.

And then it’s standard procedure, registering at the place of residence at 12-18 weeks’ gestation.

The first ultrasound takes place at the fertility clinic. It is a solemn moment, as this is when the surrogate mother sees the couple’s parents for the first time, and those parents see their future baby.

When the abdomen is already very visible, the mother can stay at home – or she can come to the accommodation provided by the clinic, in the company of other surrogate mothers.

The birth and discharge also take place as with conventional insemination. During this time, the surrogate is monitored by the clinic’s specialists.

After the surrogate mother is discharged from the hospital she writes a notarial declaration – the form is available in our database. After that she receives the rest of her contractual remuneration. Read more about the amount of remuneration.

After one month the woman is examined by a gynaecologist – to make sure she has recovered from the birth.