Using an Egg Donor and Surrogate to Have a Baby
If you are considering using an egg donor and a surrogate to have a baby, you are not alone! We understand that you also might feel a bit disheartened when looking for information, as many times the details you find may address only half of the equation: either having a baby using an egg donor or having a baby using a surrogate, but not both. We are here to help clarify the entire process for you and answer your questions.
There are quite a few reasons why intended parents opt for the combination of egg donor and surrogate. The most common reasons include women who are unable, for whatever cause, to carry a pregnancy to term. Other women cannot use their own eggs due to various medical conditions or because their age has rendered their eggs non-viable. For gay men, the combination of egg donor and a surrogate is an excellent option for parenthood. That’s where we excel.
Surrogacy With Egg Donation Process Step by Step
Although the process of using an egg donor and surrogate to have a baby is straightforward, it does have multiple steps. Below we discuss some of the milestones in the process. Depending on your personal circumstances, some of these milestones may or may not be relevant to your surrogacy and egg donation process:
Conversation with our Patient Coordinator
Your initial point of contact is our patient coordinator, who will answer all the questions you may have and guide you through the entire process of becoming a parent. She will also assist you in selecting the egg donor and surrogate who best meets your requirements and needs.
Selection of your egg donor
The next step is reviewing our egg donor database, which contains everything you need to know about our donors. The database has all of our donors’ medical histories and physical traits plus a personal statement from each donor. After reviewing this information, you then choose and secure your donor. Frozen donor eggs are already available and ready for thawing. If you use fresh eggs, we’ll work with your selected donor to plan her donation cycle to retain the optimum number of eggs you need to build your family.
Consultation with our fertility specialist
Because everyone’s parenthood journey is unique, your consultation with one of our specialist physicians will help you map out what your journey looks like. This consultation with our in-house fertility specialist can be done in person or over the phone to help you plan your next steps.
Directed donor screening (sperm provider)
After you have chosen your donor and are providing sperm for fertilization, we will assist you in getting your sperm tested and ready for fertilization. This includes a questionnaire plus a physical exam and also involves taking a blood test to make sure there is not an infectious disease. There is also a sperm analysis and your sperm may be frozen. If donated sperm is used, it will need to get to our clinic before the day of fertilization.
Egg fertilization and embryo incubation
After the eggs are retrieved from your donor or thawed (if you’re using frozen donor eggs), we fertilize the eggs in the lab using your sperm or donor sperm to create embryos.
Embryos are incubated in our fertility lab to make sure they are good candidates for implantation. If you desire, we can test the eggs for chromosomal normalcy and sex at this stage.
Once incubation is complete, we freeze the embryos that are viable and save them for a future transfer. This freezing process is not harmful and frozen embryos will last for years. This gives you the flexibility to grow your family within the timeframe you choose. Plus, if more than one embryo is available, this gives you the chance to have future siblings if you desire.
Choosing a surrogate
The next step in the process is to select your surrogate, who is the woman that will carry your baby to term. We want you to have the perfect match, so our team will assist you in going through our available surrogate profiles. We arrange a match meeting between you and your selected surrogate so you can ask questions and you can be sure she is the right choice for you.
Completion of surrogacy legal agreements
Once you have made and confirmed your selection, the legal agreements between you and the surrogate are executed. These legal agreements protect all parties during the pregnancy and ensure you have legal protection throughout your surrogacy journey. You can select your attorney and we can also give you our recommendations for experienced surrogacy lawyers.
Preparation for embryo transfer
After the legal agreements have been signed, we work with you and your surrogate to work out her cycle and then schedule a date for the actual transfer of the embryo.
Track the surrogate pregnancy
Once embryo transfer has been completed, you will track your surrogate’s pregnancy. For the first 10 weeks, your surrogate’s pregnancy is closely monitored by our fertility clinic. Then, for the rest of the pregnancy and delivery, the monitoring is done by the surrogate’s obstetrician. You are part of your surrogate’s pregnancy journey and, depending on the prior agreements and what is outlined in your surrogacy contract, this can include attending her medical and ultrasound appointments, as well as receiving regular updates throughout the pregnancy to the delivery of your baby.
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What Are the Next Steps?
Ready to start your egg donor and surrogacy journey? If so, we invite you to explore our extensive library of resources for more information, including our surrogacy FAQ and patient testimonials. There are also additional details on using donor eggs and finding a surrogate on their highlighted pages respectively. We want you to have all the information you need, as we understand this is perhaps one of the most important decisions of your life. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have. You can call our coordinators at 310 566 1487. We would be delighted to assist you!