A gestational surrogate is a woman who decides to carry a baby for someone who needs her help. A gestational surrogate is also known as a gestational carrier.  It is important to work with a professional who takes the surrogate screening process seriously. Hellobaby Surrogacy and its partner fertility clinics use the guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in the screening for surrogates.

Thorough screening services protect surrogates, intended parents and surrogacy agencies in a number of ways:

  • Ensuring the surrogate understands the process
  • Determining she is healthy enough for surrogacy
  • Confirming that she is emotionally ready for surrogacy
  • Ensuring she has the support she needs

Medical Screening and Tests

Each fertility clinic has their own surrogate test process, but here are the most likely tests. This initial testing includes a medical history and physical exam, pap smear and urine drug test for surrogacy. In addition to these tests, the doctor will also need to screen the surrogate for some common and serious infectious diseases. Most of these are through a blood test, but the doctor will also take a swab of the cervix to look for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

It is also important to check the surrogates blood type and RH Factor to ensure that her blood type will be compatible with that of intended father and the baby. Finally, the levels of certain hormones, like thyroid hormone and prolactin are also checked.

Psychological Testing

It’s normal that the term psychological screening can make someone nervous. It’s important to remember that this meeting is also to help a surrogate applicant. The questions asked will determine if she wants to be a surrogate, and whether she has a strong support system to help her through the pregnancy and recovery.

A psychologist or social worker specializing in third-party reproduction conducts this interview with her and her partner, if applicable. They will want to know if an applicant has ever had any psychological challenges. And if so, what were they and how were they resolved.

The therapist will also talk about things to consider before becoming a surrogate. This meeting is a time to think and reflect.

Drug Test for Surrogacy

Using drugs during pregnancy can be very harmful to the developing baby. The parents and medical team caring for the surrogate will want to be sure that there is nothing preventable that could hurt the baby.

If any of the substances in the drug test for surrogacy test positive, she will not be eligible to become a surrogate. There may be some exceptions made in very limited circumstances. For example, if she tested positive for an opioid pain reliever because of a prescribed pain pill taken after a dental procedure, she may still be allowed to be a surrogate, though she will still need to pass at least one (if not more) drug tests before being allowed to proceed.

The screening process is designed to improve the chances of a successful surrogacy and to provide all parties with a safe and secure surrogacy experience. To learn more about Hellobaby’s surrogate screening process and requirements, visit the following informations:

Surrogate Process

Surrogate Requirments

Interested in learning more about surrogacy at Hellobaby Surrogacy? Check out our parents page for information about becoming a parent through surrogacy or our surrogate page to learn about becoming a surrogate! You can also follow along on our Facebook and Twitter as we share updates, resources, and client stories daily!

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