Category Archives: How Surrogacy Works

The Risk of Twins with Double vs Single Embryo Transfers

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Transferring two embryos does not drastically increase the likelihood of a pregnancy, but it does drastically increase the likelihood of a twins pregnancy. If you want to avoid the risks and expense of a twins pregnancy, then you should transfer one embryo at at time.

How do you start the surrogacy process?

Every surrogacy process starts with the same basic steps. Whether in Kiev or California, a reputable clinic will ask you to prove: 1. You are fertile and capable of conceiving a successful pregnancy 2. You are healthy and free of infections that could harm the baby or surrogate 3. You will provide a safe home…
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Can sperm sorting improve our chances of having a baby girl?

Every client secretly hopes for a boy or a girl — even if they pretend otherwise. There are various techniques to select the gender of your baby. PGS is now the standard technique in the United States. But an old technique called sperm microsorting (which was banned by the FDA) is having a renaissance.

Our ultrasound says our surrogacy baby is much older than he should be.

what is Gestational Age

If you’re planning your travel to pick up your baby, you may be tempted to buy your airline tickets to arrive on the Estimated Due Date (EDD). That’s a bad idea because the date shown in the report is not the actual number of weeks of the pregnancy. The EDD is based on the “Gestational Age” of the fetus, not the “Chronological Age”.

Should we do PGS testing on Day 3 embryos?

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I have a clinic India that still likes to freeze embryos at Day 3. The rationale is that the embryos will develop better in their natural ‘in utero’ environment. I prefer Day 5 embryos, but I defer to the doctors on these types of issues– but there are exceptions, and PGS/PGD analysis is one of those exceptions.

Will a “Collapsed Embryo” ruin our pregnancy hopes?

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“Collapsed Embryos” is certainly an unfortunate term that can drive fear into Parents, but it’s really not as terrible as it sounds. Blastocysts in-vitro typically undergo repeated collapse and expansion before they arrive at the point where they are ready to “attach” and latch onto the uterus wall. This is a normal part of the embryo’s growth cycle.

What do I need to bring my surrogacy baby home from overseas?

When we flew back to the US with our newborns, it was the easiest flight of my life. Even at 3 weeks, newborns do really well on airplanes — the droning background noise makes them sleep even more than usual. The cabin crew also loved the babies and were happy to go above and beyond to get us anything we needed. But we did make some critical preliminary preparations…

What’s a “reasonable” success rate at an overseas clinic?

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It’s hard to trust reported success rates at overseas clinics that have little, if any, oversight. My experience is that clinics in the developing world (e.g., Kenya, Cambodia, Georgia, etc.) have a pregnancy rate per embryo transfer of about 40% to 60% in general. That may seem like a very poor result, but it’s sometimes just enough…

Can a Surrogacy Contract force me to terminate a healthy baby?

Would-be parents always ask me about the risk that the surrogate may change her mind and want to keep their baby. Nobody questions if the parents may change THEIR mind and decide they don’t want the baby. Frankly, the possibility should be banned by law — we expect such protections for the parents, so why not for the surrogate?

Surrogacy with ICSI may pass along fertility problems in men

For the first time, young men who were conceived during the 1990s through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are being studied. The results of this study reveal that these individuals may inherit the same fertility problems that led their parents to seek reproduction through assisted measures in the first place. ICSI is a process wherein sperm…
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