The time between the match and the transfer is, on average, about 3-4 months. During this timeframe, you will do your medical screening at the IPs’ IVF clinic and your psychological screening, either at the clinic or with an independent psychologist. The IPs will pay for your medical and psych screening, along with any related expenses at a per diem rate. It is typically not necessary to have a travel companion for your screening appointment, unless your spouse is required to be there by the clinic.
At the medical screening, your uterus will be checked for any potential issues that could affect your ability to carry, and you will have blood work performed to make sure that you are in good health before heading into a pregnancy. This medical screen generally takes 1-2 days, depending on the clinic, but must be scheduled around your cycle. We typically have the GC talk to the clinic to set up your own screening appointments, but your Case Manager will stay in contact with both you and the clinic to make sure that the scheduling stays on track.
During the psychological portion of the process, the IPs will meet with a psychologist or social worker in order to discuss the issues that go along with a surrogacy relationship and pregnancy. As the GC candidate, you (and your partner, if you have one) will also have an interview with the psychologist. You will also take a scored personality test that is used by trained professionals to assist in identifying personality structure – the most important thing to remember is to be honest in your answers – don’t answer the way you think you “should” answer! Finally, you will all meet together in a joint session, where once again you will address the issues involved in surrogacy, and go over the “hard questions”, including those involving genetic testing and termination issues. The psychologist will then give his or her recommendation on moving forward with the match and the surrogacy.
Once the green light is given to move forward from both the medical and psychological screening, you will move on to the contract phase, and the journey truly begins!