Being a surrogate mother is a noble and responsible mission!
In vitro fertilization is one of the assisted reproductive technologies; it helps childless couples, who have no hope for paternity and motherhood, to have a baby which has their genes. The usual practice of IVF centers is providing surrogacy programs and egg donation with subsequent in vitro fertilization. If the gametes (oocytes and sperm) of the genetic parents are capable of fertilization, but, for any reasons, pregnancy is contraindicated for the woman, the couple needs a surrogate mother, and the embryo resulting from their cells fertilization is transferred to her uterus, after which she carries the baby to term.
Becoming a participant of a surrogacy program is a difficult step, and you have to be ready for all the possible problems and risky situations. In vitro fertilization of the egg and the subsequent transfer of the embryo to the uterine cavity of the surrogate mother involves the need to solve not only medical and genetic issues, but also some problems of legal, moral and financial nature.
A very important aspect is the choice of a worthy candidate. When people who need a surrogate mother first embark on their search, it is very difficult for them to recognize swindlers and blackmailers, deceitful and greedy individuals. In addition, unverified candidates may have undesirable and even dangerous liaisons (e. g., an ex-inmate partner, brother or husband). It would nearly be a crime to give genetic material after artificial fertilization to such a woman, expecting her to carry a child. But the woman who responds to an advertisement for surrogate mothers can be anyone…/p>
That is why the best solution, and sometimes the only acceptable option for those who need a surrogate mother, is to use the services of a specialized agency of reproductive technologies, where the issues involved in in vitro fertilization are solved at a high professional level and the subsequent surrogacy is properly coordinated. This is because we carefully check all candidates, as early as at the selection stage, for the compliance with the requirements stipulated for in the current legislation.
In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer may involve certain problems (some of the most serious being bleeding at an early term of gestation), if the specialists who perform the process do not have the required skills and knowledge. Therefore, it is very important that during pregnancy the surrogate mother is constantly monitorred by her supervisor. The psychological aspect of the program, which must also be monitored by professionals, is of paramount importance both for the child’s health and for the successful exit of the surrogate mother from the emotionally complicated postpartum period.
There are certain steps to be taken before the start of a surrogacy program:
- Making a decision on the basis of medical indications about the need of surrogacy and on the participation in the program of in vitro fertilization. Getting a corresponding referral from a doctor or independent decision making by the couple.
- Study of medical, genetic, legal and psychological information about in vitro fertilization, determination of the degree of anonymity of participation in the program. People who need surrogacy should be well aware of all the aspects of the procedure to be performed.