The 5 Steps of Surrogacy
To begin your surrogacy journey with Fertility Match you will first need to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our online contact form. You will then be contacted by a Fertility Match founder with more information, and after that the 5 following steps will begin.
Step 1-Application and Fertility Match Evaluation. You will first fill out and submit an application form so that we can learn more about you. The application form will ask about your lifestyle, pregnancy, medical and work history. It is crucial that you complete the application thoroughly and honestly so that we can get to know you and match you with the appropriate IPs. At this point we ask for relevant Surrogacy information such as medical records from all previous pregnancy. You will also be asked for a medical pre-screening which will include bloodwork, a pelvic ultrasound, and a psychological assessment. This can take a while to gather so you may want to call you your OB/GYN and request the records.
Step 2-Matching with Intended Parents. Once you are accepted into the Fertility Match family, we discuss information about possible Intended Parents as we build your custom match. This tailored approach is based on aligned values as well as personal, medical, psychological criteria. When everyone feels right with the selection, we arrange a match meeting to discuss all expectations during your surrogacy engagement. This is one of the most important and reaffirming steps in the journey together establishing an incredible connection between you as the Surrogate and your hopeful Intended Parents.
Step 3-Medical Work Up. Once you are matched, the medical screening process and legal process will take place. You will be meeting at the IVF Clinic with the Intended Parents physician who will speak with you in detail and perform a Surrogacy information assessment. The work up varies from clinic to clinic but often includes:
- Vaginal ultrasound-a probe is inserted into the vagina enabling the technician to look at the uterus for polyps, scar tissue, and lining thickness.
- Physical and pap smear.
- Hysteroscopy-a procedure where a small camera is placed in the uterus to look at the uterine cavity
- Medical instruction of the IVF cycle, injections, medication use and embryo transfer.
Step 4-The IVF Cycle. The IVF Nurse will give you full instructions and details about the surrogate medications needed, the medical protocol any restrictions, and expectations during the surrogate mother process.
In preparation for your uterus to receive embryos created by the couple you will:
- Likely be asked to take estrogen and progesterone in either path, pill, suppository or injection form, You may be asked to take a birth control pill to regulate and sync your menstrual cycle with the intended mom or egg donor.
- Have regular blood draws and ultrasounds to monitor the progress of the cycle
- Have an embryo transfer where a small catheter is inserted into your vagina and through to your uterus. The embryos will be placed through the catheter and into the uterus for anticipated implantation.
Step 5-Pregnancy and Delivery. This pregnancy may be different from your own pregnancies in that it is conceived via IVF and requires a little more early attention.
- You may be asked to have your blood drawn, ultrasounds or other procedures far more regularly.
- There is a possibility of multiples that may require additional office visits, bed rest, or other monitoring.
- This pregnancy is shared with the loving Intended Parents and therefore requires ongoing communication about the developing fetus, your health status, needs for support, or other matters.
- You will be participating in surrogate mother support groups and events to assure all of your questions are answered.
- Delivery is a very special time for all involved and we will work on creating a birth plan that will attempt to meet everyone’s needs.
We would love to discuss any questions that you may have on the process of Surrogacy. We’re eager to speak with you to discuss your interest, eligibility, and hopes for the perfect Surrogacy journey. Contact us through our Contact Request form or at email@example.com, and we will get back to you shortly.
Ten Steps to Donating Eggs in Canada
Ready to donate your eggs but not sure what to expect? At Fertility Match, we help demystify the process for Donating Eggs in Canada with our 3 part series on the egg donation process. First, let’s take a look at what Egg Donors should expect overall from beginning to end.
1. Initial Assessment: After contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org an initial assessment will then be conducted by a Fertility Match Program Coordinator. This could take place in person or over the phone. This initial assessment for is to ensure that you are the right fit for the program
2. Online Application: An online application will then be sent to you if the initial assessment is successful.
3. Overview Call: Following a successful application, we will schedule an overview call. During this call, the process for Donating Eggs in Canada will be covered in further detail and any issues or questions will be addressed.
4. Match with Intended Parent(s): At this point your profile will be created and you will be matched with a waiting Intended Parent.
5. Psychosocial Evaluation: The Psychosocial evaluation is the next step in the process for Donating Eggs in Canada. This can be done over the phone.
6. Physician Appointment: You will meet with a Physician once you have been matched. They will explain the medical protocol, do a physical exam and blood tests.
7. Independent Legal Representation: Independent legal representation will then be provided for you to go over all the points in the contract and to ensure that you feel knowledgeable and comfortable moving forward. The Intended Parent will pay all legal fees incurred by their Egg Donor.
8. Donor Cycle: The donor cycle usually then begins after your next menstrual period. Approximately 21 days after your period you will start a series of medications, which you will take until just before the egg retrieval. While taking these medications you will visit a fertility center to monitor your progress and to ensure that your ovaries are responding to the medication. These appointments may take place daily or every other day for a short period of time and the appointments do not last long.
9. Egg Retrieval: You are then ready for Egg Retrieval. The Egg Retrieval appointment is usually 3 hours in length, as it requires twilight sedation. This does not result in the person becoming unconscious but will sedate them so you should ensure you have a safe way home. The physician then uses a vaginal ultrasound probe to guide a small needle through the vaginal wall to reach the ovaries and retrieve the mature eggs.
10. Post Procedure: Following the procedure you may experience some fatigue or cramping and so should plan to spend the remainder of the day at home. The following day you should be able to resume light to normal activities but should refrain from any strenuous physical activity until the physician gives you clearance.
If you have any questions about Donating Eggs in Canada or are interested in becoming an Egg Donor and want to help couples seeking to make their dreams of a family a reality please contact us at email@example.com or through our contact form. Be sure to like us on Facebook and check back for the next two parts in our Egg Donation in Canada series.
Are you Eligible to be an Egg Donor?
Fertility Match seeks to ensure that all of our prospective Egg Donors meet the expectations of the Intended Parents. Additionally, the health and safety of the Egg Donor is of the utmost priority and therefore, in order to become an Egg Donor for Fertility Match, there are several requirements you must meet:
- Be Canadian Citizen and currently living in Canada
- Have active provincial health insurance
- Be between the ages of 21 and 32
- Be a non smoker and not use recreational drugs
- Be willing to undergo a police background check
- Have not gotten tattoos or piercings in the last six months
- Have not travelled to ZIKA infected areas in the last two months
- Be in good health and have regular menstrual cycles
- Not have any significant genetic or hereditary illnesses
- Be willing to undergo psychological and medical assessments and willing to provide medical history
- Sexual partners will need to undergo infectious disease screening at a fertility centre or local blood lab
- Have no serious history of psychological issues
- Have a healthy weight to height proportion preferably with a BMI under 35
- Be willing to travel to the closest fertility clinic, lawyer and doctor appointments
- Be willing to travel to the fertility clinic used by the intended parents for the egg retrieval
- Be willing to take fertility medications and injections
- Not have had more than five previous egg retrieval cycles
Though this list may seem long each of these requirements is put in place to ensure the best outcomes and experiences for everyone involved in the process. If you have any questions about Egg Donation in Canada or the reimbursable expenses contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form.
Egg Donation in Canada: What is Legal?
Egg Donation is legal in Canada but there are some restrictions. The main one being that Egg Donors cannot be directly compensated for their donation. Canadian legislation allows only for altruistic Egg Donation; women donate their eggs because they want to help couples struggling with infertility. These women are then reimbursed for the expenses related to their donation. Expenses that you would incur regardless of the donation such as your rent and car insurance are not reimbursable but reimbursable expenses can include:
- Groceries and prepared food (ex. grocery receipts leading up to, during and after the donation, meals, beverages)
- Gym/fitness memberships
- Note taking for missed classes
- Child or pet care
- Massage, chiropractic, and foot care
- Travel related to medical appointments
- Lost wages
If you decide to become an Egg Donor the reimbursable expenses will be outlined in your legal contract. Each Fertility Match Donor is provided with independent legal counsel to ensure that they are fully aware of the benefits of Egg Donation and the commitment required.
If you have any questions about Egg Donation in Canada or the reimbursable expenses contact us at email@example.com or fill out our contact page.
Top 5 things to Consider When Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Canada
It is a truly wonderful thing to consider becoming a Surrogate Mother to help another become a parent. Through surrogacy, you are allowing another young, hopeful family to experience the miracle of life. There are few experiences that compare to being a surrogate mother. The decision to become a Surrogate Mother is not one that should be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider when making this decision.
Being a Surrogate Mother in Canada is something that will positively change your life as well as the lives of the Intended Parent(s) you will be helping. That is why it is important to be fully prepared, in order to make an informed decision.
What are the top 5 things to consider before becoming a Surrogate Mother in Canada?
- Physical prerequisites
- Mental prerequisites
- Lifestyle prerequisites
- Support network
- Choosing a suitable and credible agency
1. Physical Prerequisites for a Surrogate Mother in Canada
Before you can become a Surrogate in Canada, there are certain physical requirements that need to be met. Being of good overall health is necessary for aspiring Surrogate Mothers. Here are some other physical requirements:
- You must be a Canadian Citizen with active provincial health insurance
- Must be between the ages of 21 and 45
- Must already be a parent that had a complication-free pregnancy and birth
- Regular menstrual cycles
- Body Mass Index (BMI) must be lower than 32
- No history of hereditary physical illnesses or diseases
A certain level of physical fitness is also required. BMI is calculated by looking at your height to weight ratio. Here is the equation to figure it out:
- Weight (kg) / Height X 2 (m)
- If you score less than 32 you can be eligible for surrogacy.
2. Mental Prerequisites for a Surrogate Mother
The process to become a Surrogate Mother isn’t always easy. There can be many ups and downs along the journey.
Surrogacy candidates should be of sound mind and willing to make the mental commitment needed to endure the process. The process of bearing a child to term is stressful as is, under any circumstances, and the surrogacy factor – the knowledge that the child being carried is to be given to someone else to raise, once he or she is born – can be an emotional journey in itself.
Some mental prerequisites include:
- Willingness to be subject to various psychological assessments
- No history of psychological problems
- No issue with relinquishing child or children after birth
3. Lifestyle Prerequisites for a Surrogate Mother
Prospective surrogate mothers will need to live a healthy lifestyle free of harmful habits or behaviours. Some of these lifestyle requirements are:
- Maintain a nutritious diet with regular exercise
- No smoking, drug use, or alcohol abuse
- Be willing to have background checks done on you (and your spouse if relevant)
- No travel to areas infected with the ZIKA virus in the previous 6 months
- Willing and able to travel to appointments with lawyers and doctors
- Able to come in to the fertility clinic when required
- Flexible schedule that allows time away from work and family
- Willing and able to take IVF medications
4. Support Network for a Surrogate Mother
It is extremely important to have a positive support network in place that you can turn to for emotional support and encouragement. Friends, Family, a Partner that you can rely on for doctor appointments, childcare, any bed rest and the delivery are an incredibly valuable resource for any Surrogate Mother to have when going on this journey.
5. Choosing a Suitable and Credible Fertility Consulting Agency in Canada
Becoming a surrogate mother is an enormous and rewarding undertaking. You definitely want to make sure you are working with an agency that is right for you, with your best interests in mind.
Fertility Match is a Fertility Consulting Company that truly understands the entire surrogacy process, and what the participants go through. The co-founders of Fertility Match have active experience as both a Surrogate in Canada and Intended Parent in Canada. This can provide surrogates with tremendous comfort and reassurance, knowing they have someone to turn to for empathy and support.