Who are Intended Parents?
Intended parents can be:
- Same Sex Couple
- Traditional Couple
- Single Man
- Single Woman
How many ways can you be a surrogate?
Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or couple. There are two types of surrogacy:
This is where the surrogate has a biological connection to the child(ren) not only is she carrying for someone else she is also using her own egg to do so.
This type of surrogacy is the most common. The surrogate has no biological connection to the child(ren) she carries. Eggs and Sperm are from the intended parents, donor or combination of both.
What is the Medical Process?
First, a Surrogate must have medical screening done by the fertility clinics physician, which includes blood tests (if you are in a relationship you partner as well), an ultrasound, and a consultation where the fertility clinics physician will explain the process and answer all questions you may have. You will also see a counsellor to make sure you are emotional stable and they can explain the emotional process and answer any of your questions you may have regarding the emotional aspect of surrogacy.
Once you have been cleared both psychologically and medically, you will receive instructions for medications by the fertility physician. These medications cause your uterine lining to thicken, and prepares it to accept the transferred embryos. After the transfer, you will be on bed rest for 36 hours.
14 days after the transfer, you will have blood work done to find out if the transfer worked. If transfer was a success you will continue with all medications to ensure that the pregnancy remains healthy. After the pregnancy is stable, which is often typically around the 12th week mark. The clinic will instruct you to stop medication and at that point you can continue the journey with your own OB/Midwife.
Is there travelling involved?
Yes, the distance depends on what clinic your Intended Parents are working with. However all of your expenses will be covered and you will be reimbursed for lost wages and childcare.
Will I have contact with OSO?
Depends on your preference, if you would like us to be in contact with you throughout your journey or you may choose to work independently. Either way if you have any questions or concerns at any point in your journey do not hesitate to contact us.
Who decides what OB I will see and what hospital I deliver at?
You will decide what OB/Midwife and hospital you want to use. You need to be comfortable since you are the one pregnant.
What form do the medications come in?
Medications are both oral and small injections (the clinic will teach you how to self administer these injections).
Will I have to pay anything?
Your Intended Parents will cover any and all reasonable expenses relating to the surrogacy. These can include but are not limited to medical expenses, legal fees, counseling session, child care, groceries, travel costs to and from appointments, life insurance policy for one year, medications etc.
How will I be reimbursed?
Your Intended Parents will reimburse you directly. We can provide spreadsheets for you to use to calculate your totals to make it easier. If at any time you are confused or need help we are here to help you. Unless this route is not for you then reimbursements will be set up through a trust account with OSO.
How do I begin a Surrogacy journey?
Woman who are looking to become a surrogate mother are invited to fill out a profile located in the join us area. You will be able to see profiles of prospective parents and begin communication at your leisure. We do stress that you do your research before committing to any surrogacy arrangement. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us for help.
What are my responsibilities?
Surrogates are responsible for:
- Providing correct information
- Providing a doctor’s note confirming you are fit to be pregnant.
- Provide a criminal background check if requested
- Filling out all required paper work
- Attend all scheduled appointments
- Follow Physicians orders and take all medication as directed
- You will also be required to keep an expense report and receipts in order to be reimbursed for your expenses.
- Providing the best outcome for the pregnancy