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Asian Surrogacy

FAQ

How do I apply with Asian Surrogacy to become a surrogate in our program?

If you are interested in applying to our program to become a surrogate, you can fill out an online form here. Please note that the online application process will include the submission of at least three pictures. You will be contacted within about 24 hours to inform you of the next steps.

Why should I choose working with an agency versus going independent?

We believe working with an agency is to your advantage as we provide full service support and guidance throughout the entire process. All aspects of the surrogacy journey are handled by our team, from matching, to screening, to legal work, to social work support, and we handle any issues that may arise.

If I have more questions, whom can I contact?

If I have any other questions about gestational surrogacy, please email to donor@asiansurrogacy.com Requirements

What are our requirements for gestational carriers?

• Are between the ages of 21-41 years of age
• Have given birth to a healthy child within the past 10 years (If most recent pregnancy was not within the past 7 years, the OBGYN and delivery medical records will need to be made available for review.)
• Have had healthy births since any miscarriage
• Do not participate in certain government aid programs including section 8 housing
• Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32 (some clinics allow up to 33)
• Live in a surrogate-friendly state in India
• Have the support of family and friends
• Do not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol
• Generally have medical insurance (though this is not a requirement)
• Women with IUDs or who have had the Depo Provera shot are welcome to apply but must be willing to have their IUDs removed before a transfer, and should understand that they may be placed on hold temporarily.

I have had 3 pregnancies with no complications resulting in healthy babies, but my BMI is now on the higher side. Why is BMI so important?

BMI guidelines are set by the IVF clinics. For surrogate mothers whose BMI is 33-34, we do require a signed document from your family doctor stating your height and weight. The BMI requirements are established not only for health reasons, but also to ensure that you will respond appropriately to the medications necessary for this process.

How long do I have to wait after my last delivery before I can become a surrogate?

Based on guidelines set by fertility clinics, we can only work with surrogates three months after a vaginal delivery or six months after a delivery by C-section. I am currently breastfeeding. Can I still apply to become a surrogate? Yes, you can apply to become a surrogate but you will need to stop breastfeeding before your medical screening and have at least two regular menstrual cycles before your embryo transfer can occur.

Why do I have to wait to move forward with my surrogacy if I plan to stop breastfeeding?

It is typically recommended that a gestational surrogate who is breastfeeding stop doing so at least one month before undergoing an IVF treatment cycle whereby an embryo is transferred into her uterus. The process of breastfeeding induces the secretion of certain hormones, including prolactin and oxytocin. Prolactin induces amenorrhea, or lack of ovulation and periods. Timing during an IVF cycle is critical, and doctors need to synchronize a surrogate’s menstruation with that of the egg producer, hence the need to know when the surrogate is getting her period. Also, elevated levels of prolactin associated with breastfeeding might have a deleterious effect on implantation, although we don’t have strong data to support it. Finally, the hormone oxytocin, released as a result of breastfeeding, causes uterine contractions, which in turn could be harmful to the implantation process when an embryo is trying to attach to the lining of the uterus.

I am 40 years old. I just had a baby last year. Why can't I be a surrogate mother?

Age limits are set by the IVF clinics. Because of fluctuating hormones after 41 years of age, and the increased health risks to you and the baby/ies, the age limit is no higher than 41 years of age. On occasion, we make exceptions, but only for women who have been surrogate mothers recently.

I have had an abortion in the past. Will that disqualify me?

As long as you've had a healthy, full term pregnancy since, this does not disqualify you.

My significant other doesn't seem on board with my being a gestational carrier. Can I still move forward?

We are sorry but we require that all surrogates and egg donors in our program have the full support of their husband or partner. If you are not married, you must have a support person in place that can help you out in the event of an emergency.

I have had a tubal ligation. Can I still be a gestational carrier?

Absolutely yes.

What about Overal L? I was told I can’t move forward until I stop using this form of birth control and return to my natural menstrual cycle.

Overal L is a hormonal contraceptive that slowly releases a form of progesterone. It prevents pregnancy in several ways. One way is by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. But more important, Overal L also changes the lining of your uterus. During in vitro fertilization, the uterine lining has to be in perfect synchrony with the growing embryo. If this is altered in any way, such as the premature secretion of progesterone produced by Overal L, the embryo will fail to implant.

I have a sexually-transmitted disease/infection (STI/STD), can I still be a carrier?

Some STIs/STDs will disqualify you. HIV and Hepatitis (or any others that could be communicated to a fetus/baby) would disqualify you, whereas others, such as genital warts and genital herpes, may not. Please note that if you are experiencing an outbreak of genital herpes close to delivery we would request that you have a C-section and follow the advice of your primary obstetrician.

I do not believe in selective reduction or abortion for any reason. Should I still apply?

We do occasionally have couples who share these beliefs; however it is a rare occurrence as most of our intended parents ultimately want the choice to make decisions about their own family. You are encouraged to inquire whether or not we currently have intended parents who would not terminate a pregnancy due to a severe medical diagnosis of the fetus (es).

I am currently pregnant. Can I be a surrogate mother to the child I am carrying?

You cannot be a surrogate mother to a child you are currently carrying, as intended parents typically contribute their own genetic material to children born through surrogacy, and the surrogacy process requires a great deal of planning before you become pregnant. However, you might consider adoption as an alternative. Feel free to contact our office and we can provide contact information for an adoption agency or attorney near you.

How is the process of screening?

If you are interested in surrogacy or donor program you can mail us or apply us or call us. You can fill the screening form and send it to us. We will call you back.

I've submitted my detailed screening forms and pictures. What should I do next?

Once your form is reviewed, our staff will email you requesting that you fax or mail in your medical records from all pregnancies and deliveries. Once you apply to us to be enrolled in ASIAN surrogacy as surrogate or Donor, we will call you on some day. You will be visiting our consultant doctor; she/he will be taking your detailed history and do medical exams. Then if required few blood test or sonological examination may be done. Once you are considered to be fit to be donor or surrogate you will be taken in to program once required.

who pays for all the medical bills?

Your intended parents should pay most of the bills related to your pregnancy and delivery. The family you choose to work with will pay for all IVF medical procedures, expenses, co-payments and deductibles related to your pregnancy.

How is my surrogacy reimbursements dispersed?

Carrier reimbursements are divided up into equal monthly installments following the confirmation of heartbeat (around the 6-8 week mark) and paid on the 1st of every month. If you are carrying multiple children, an additional multiples fee is paid to you over the last five months. After 28 weeks, the pregnancy is considered viable and if you deliver before 40 weeks, you are given a lump sum of the remaining balance. The remainder of the miscellaneous fees is distributed at various times throughout the pregnancy and will be discussed in your screening.

I have to pay for anything related to being a gestational carrier?

The family you match with will pay the fees outlined for you in your screening and agreed upon in the contract. This is not meant to be an out of pocket expense to you.

Do I have to travel?

Yes, you should plan to be available to travel for the transfer, which is typically a 4-7 day trip. You can be medically screened and monitored closer to home but you will need to travel to the IVF clinic for the transfer. At times, the overseeing IVF clinic also requires you to travel for an initial screening. This is typically a one or two day trip.

I request that no more than 2 embryos be transferred?

Yes. Your social worker will discuss with you your comfort level in carrying multiple children. You can request this when you speak to our social worker at the time of your screening.

What medications will I need to take to be a gestational carrier?

Typically, our gestational carriers will take prenatal vitamins, birth control pills, Lupron, Estrogen, and Progesterone. Every clinic is different and some medications are known by different names but serve the same purpose. Most must be administered by injection.

Does a surrogate have to go on bed rest after the transfer?

Guidelines vary from one IVF clinic to another; however, typically some type of modified bed rest for 24-36 hours is required.

long do you have to abstain from sexual intercourse when being a gestational carrier?

Typically, carriers are expected to abstain from sexual intercourse for ten days before a transfer and ten days after a transfer. The IVF clinics will give you specific guidelines.

Will my pregnancy be physically any different from my other pregnancies because I am not related to the baby/ies?

No. It should not be experienced physically any differently than a traditional pregnancy. You may experience morning sickness, headaches, swollen feet and hands as you would any pregnancy. If you become pregnant with multiple children and have not more than single deliveries in the past, you will notice differences. Your agency, clinic, social worker and OB will be there to answer any questions and support you in this process.

Will the medications have an emotional effect on me?

You may experience symptoms similar to those you would experience during your monthly cycle, such as mood swings. Your hormones will be changing and these changes in mood are normal, as they are during any pregnancy.

My blood type is AB+. What if the family I work with has two different blood types than me?

That is okay and will not be of concern. The placenta prevents the blood types from mixing and causing harm to you and the baby/ies.

How do the parents get their names on the birth certificate?

The law varies from state to state so it will depend on where you live as well as where your intended parents are from. The attorneys in our program take this into account when matching you with your intended parents to be sure all legal work can be accomplished. Sometimes this is done by a pre-birth order, sometimes by virtue of a single, step or second parent adoption.

Who chooses the attorney to review contracts with myself and my husband?

We recommend attorneys to you that we have worked in with the past and have good relationships with. We do this because we want to be sure that the attorney is familiar with surrogacy law as well as accepting a flat fee for services. That said, you are free to find an attorney you feel comfortable with.

Do the parents have wills in place before beginning a surrogacy?

Yes. This legal aspect is taken care of before we proceed with a transfer.

What happens if the baby/ies die before full term? Who gets custody and takes care of the details?

The intended parents.

Have you ever had any family change their minds and not take the baby/ies?

No. Never.

What happens if the family gets divorced? Who gets the child/ren?

We screen our intended parents as well to make an assessment of the stability in their relationship. If a divorce should occur, you would NOT have to assume care of the child. Custody would be worked out between the intended parents.
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