As an intended parent, it is important to discuss with your potential surrogate your desired level of involvement early in the matching process. If you have your heart set on being present in the transfer room on this momentous day you certainly would not want to have a surrogate who is not comfortable with that arrangement. Keep in mind, while it’s your precious embryo that may just develop into your future little child, it is an invasive procedure in a compromising position nonetheless.
A potential surrogate may feel more comfortable without an audience. Please take the time to discuss what appointments, if any, you would like to be present for, how much involvement and contact you expect throughout a potential pregnancy, and arrangements for the day of labor delivery. Be conscious of the facility guidelines as well, for example if the surrogate is comfortable, intended parents may accompany her in the waiting/recovery room however only one person may accompany her into the operation room where the transfer takes place. Likewise in the event of a cesarean section, many hospital policies dictate that only one person may accompany the birthing mother.
After countless doctor visits, screenings and blood work the transfer day finally arrives! This will be one of the most exciting, emotionally driven days of the journey for both the surrogate and intended parents. The procedure takes no more than a few minutes and the surrogate is sent on her way. The doctor will provide thorough discharge instructions, typically to take it easy for 2-3 days to assist the probability of implantation, and continue medications as prescribed. The transfer is easy, the wait—now that is the true challenge.
Pregnancy will be tested not by urine but rather by blood for the most accurate result. This test is called the Beta test. The Beta measures the amount of HCG hormone released by a developing embryo. This appointment will be scheduled 10- 14 days post transfer. *It is not recommended to take an at home urine pregnancy test prior to your Beta test appointment. The results may be skewed by certain fertility medication or simply not accurately reflect the presence or non-presence of a pregnancy.
The Beta test does not read off as “positive” or “negative,” instead it is a number. Typically numbers over 50 are a good sign that there may be a developing pregnancy. The number by itself however isn’t as significant as is the rate in which it multiplies. In a healthy pregnancy the beta number will double, if not more, every 3 days. No one singular test can confirm a healthy progression and for this reason multiple betas will be ordered and the surrogate will repeat this blood work every 2-3 days. If after 3 betas a good upward trend is recorded an ultrasound will be scheduled at 6 weeks of pregnancy.
During this visit the technician will be looking for a visual of the gestational sac and the presence of a heartbeat. If these two milestone markers are established a pregnancy is officially confirmed.Return to Blog