Do you work with all kinds of Intended Parents?
Guided Family Solutions works with all types of couples and individuals who wish to become parents. We do not discriminate against age, ethnic background, marital status or sexual orientation.
Can embryos be tested for quality?
Yes. There are two different types of testing currently available.
PGD testing is for a specific hereditary disease identified through family history that you may be concerned about.
PGS testing is for a variety of the more commonly known chromosomal abnormalities. This test can also identify gender.
What is Assisted Hatching?
Assisted hatching is a simple procedure where the embryologist either applies a laser or acid to the outside of the embryo, called the zona, to help assist with hatching to therefore help with the success of implantation of the embryo.
How many embryos can be transferred to a Gestational Carrier during an embryo transfer?
This is determined by the Reproductive Endocrinologist according to SART guidelines. Even if a Gestational Carrier agrees to carry twins, this does not mean that two embryos can be transferred during the embryo transfer.
Will I meet my Gestational Carrier prior to the Embryo Transfer?
Finding the perfect match is a very special and meaningful experience that we do not take lightly. After the virtual meeting with the Gestational Carrier, we are happy to organize and coordinate an in-person meeting.
What type of relationship will the Gestational Carrier and Intended Parents have?
We match Gestational Carriers and Intended Parents who are looking for the same type of relationship and have like minded interests. Wether you prefer to have a very business like relationship or plan to remain in contact after the birth of the child is up to the two parties.
How will the Gestational Carrier travel to the Fertility Clinic?
Gestational Carriers will travel approximately two times to the Intended Parent’s Fertility Clinic. Once for the Medical Screening and another for the Embryo Transfer. If you live within commuting distance of the clinic, you will travel there for lab work and ultrasounds up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you do not live within easy commuting distance to the Fertility Clinic, arrangements will be made to have your labwork and ultrasounds monitored at a fertility clinic near you.
What does the testing process look like for a Gestational Carrier?
Guided Family Solutions will never jeopardize your time by introducing you to a potential gestational carrier who has not passed all of our requirements. We want the process to be as smooth and efficient as possible.
The prescreening of a surrogate includes the following criteria:
Guided Family Solutions Review:
Medical History Review
Criminal Background Check for her and her Partner (State + Federal + Local), Sex Offender
Psychological Screening to ensure the Surrogate is prepared for the surrogacy journey
Fertility Clinic screenings can differ, but most often times include:
Medical Records Review
Routine Lab Work (Also includes varicella and rubella, and Rh factor)
FDA Lab Work (HIV/Hepatitis/CMV/Syphilis)
Sonohysterogram (Procedure that evaluates the uterus of the surrogate to ensure it is suitable for an embryo transfer and pregnancy)
Meeting with Social Work or Psych for MMPI test
What if Gestational Carrier does not pass the medical screening?
We have very strict guidelines for potential Gestational carriers that align to ASRM guidelines. Prior to to the medical screening, the potential Gestational Carrier will have gone through a medial records review, psych screening, and criminal background check. Additionally, her records will have to be reviewed and approved by your Fertility Clinic.
However, if in the case that the potential Gestational Carrier does not pass the medical screening performed by your Fertility Clinic, Guided Family Solutions offers an unlimited rematch policy*.
What medication will the Gestational Carrier need to take?
Check out our Blog to learn more about Surrogacy Medications.
Who will be in the room for the Embryo Transfer?
The team of physicians, embryologists, and staff will determine who is allowed to be in the room during the embryo transfer and if pictures and videos are allowed to be taken. Most clinics allow the gestational carrier and one additional support person in the room during the embryo transfer.
How is the Gestational Carrier compensated?
Compensation begins on the first day of the month post heartbeat confirmation. At that time, 10 monthly installments are paid to the Gestational Carrier through an Escrow company funded by the Intended Parents. In addition to the base compensation amount, additional reimbursement for maternity leave, clothes, travel and hotel, etc are paid throughout the course of the testing process and pregnancy as defined in the Surrogacy contract established by the Intended Parents and Gestational Carrier.
What appointments should I attend with my Gestational Carrier?
Being a part of your baby’s development from afar can be difficult. Intended Parents enjoy attending visits, especially the important ones, such as heartbeat confirmation and 20 week growth scan. Depending upon the location of the Gestational Carrier in relation to the Intended Parents, some will attend more visits than others and with technology such as FaceTime, some Intended Parents are able to attend virtually.
Who will be present at the Birth of the baby?
It is important to have a plan in place for the delivery of the baby. Because each hospital has different policies for Gestational Carriers and Intended Parents, we coordinate with hospital admissions, labor delivery, and post partum units to confirm that there is a cohesive plan in place.
Some hospitals allow a maximum of four individuals in the delivery room, in addition to the Gestational Carrier. It is important to understand who those individuals will be, especially if a doula and birth photographer will be in attendance. Hospitals typically have different policies in place for c-sections.
What should I pack in my bag for the hospital?
Items to Shower/Change Clothes
Cord Blood Kit
2 or 3 outfits for baby
How long is the Surrogacy process from start to finish?
From the first steps of applying with Guided Family Solutions to the delivery of the baby is approximately 14 - 16 months in length.