Category Archives: Ask the Surrogacy Experts…

Questions from the Sensible Surrogacy community, answered by our team of consultants…

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this website is based on personal experience gained over many years of assisting infertile couples. Comments are intended as a Guide for those in need, but should not replace professional medical or legal advise. Any medical questions should ALWAYS be referred to a credentialed medical specialist before beginning any treatment.

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.

Can my partner and I have our surrogacy program close to home?

Surrogacy for Gay Couples

Some states are friendlier to surrogacy than others. Some fully support your parental rights, while others may prosecute you. The most critical requirement is that the baby is born in a state that recognizes the Surrogacy Contract, because that will determine if you are the legal parents on the birth certificate are not.

How much would an Embryo Adoption lower the cost of surrogacy?

Surrogacy with embryo adoption

Single women struggling with infertility don’t get many options. Having a baby abroad with both an egg and sperm donor isn’t possible because the baby doesn’t qualify for citizenship. But if the Intended Mother is a U.S. citizen residing in the U.S. then Embryo Adoption can save a lot of time and money.

Is a $500/month surrogacy program realistic?

Surrogacy Gestational Age

I totally understand the struggle to afford a family. Ever since my children were born in India, I have been wracking my brain looking for affordable alternatives to $150K programs in the United States. There is some good news and bad news on that front.

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.

Can I donate eggs after a hysterectomy?

Good news. Many women continue ovulating after having their uterus removed — so it’s often be possible for a woman to donate eggs for an IVF and surrogacy program even after a full or partial hysterectomy. The first step will be a complete ovarian ultrasound scan to judge the condition of the ovaries as well as the ovarian volume.

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?

US surrogacy baby

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?

Can I lower the cost of surrogacy with an IVF cycle overseas?

Surrogacy in Ukraine vs Colombia

There are cross-border programs that take advantage of less expensive IVF clinics overseas. The most notable use clinics in Mexico with a surrogate from the United States. But you can also create embryos in Kiev for export. In rare cases you can even use excellent clinics in countries where surrogacy has been tightly restricted….