Once you are discharged from the IVF Clinic, the remainder of the pregnancy will proceed like your prior pregnancy(ies) . . . for the most part. You will see your own OB/GYN, but you will also keep the Intended Parents “in the loop” so that they can attend important visits like ultrasounds if they wish.
In addition, if you are carrying twins, you will add another doctor (unless your regular OB is part of a high-risk OB practice group): You will supplement visits to the OB/GYN with visits to a Perinatologist. The Perinatologist’s job is to look for any indications of pre-term delivery. They worry about this issue so that you and the Intended Parents (and we at Creative Family Connections!) don’t have to. The incidence of pre-term pregnancies is much higher with twins, and our goal is to avoid twins in the NICU. Also, multiples are inherently higher risk pregnancies. Therefore, if you become pregnant with multiples, you will see the Perinatologist regularly throughout the pregnancy.
Shortly before birth, we will contact the hospital staff to work out the procedures for your delivery and hospital stay. We will develop a “Birth Plan” with the hospital that is acceptable to the Intended Parents, to you, and to the key staff at the hospital. Our goal is to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. We will of course include you in this process to make sure that any special wishes that you have (such as a private room) are included in our birthing plan. We will then ask you to pre-register at the delivery hospital so that the birthing plan can be put into your hospital file.
Our Gestational Surrogates tell us that seeing the look on the Intended Parents’ faces when they first hold their babies is indescribable.