The time between the match and the transfer is, on average, about 4 months. During this timeframe, the GC candidate will do her medical screening at your selected IVF Center. Her uterus will be checked for any potential issues that could affect her ability to carry, and she will have blood work performed to make sure that she is in good health heading into a pregnancy. This medical portion generally takes 1-2 days, depending on the clinic, but must be scheduled around her cycle. We typically have the GC talk to the clinic to set up her screening appointments, but your case manager will stay in contact with both your surrogate and the clinic to make sure that the scheduling stays on track.
During the screening phase, you will also go through the psychological portion of the process. You, as the IP, will meet with a psychologist or social worker in order to discuss the issues that go along with a surrogacy relationship and pregnancy. Our clients have told us that they have found the psych session quite useful, and have used this time to ask questions, gather information, get hints on a successful relationship, and/or discuss how to talk to relatives or children about the process. The GC candidate, on the other hand, will actually be screened for her suitability as a surrogate. She (and her partner, if she has one) will have an interview with the psychologist. The candidate will also take the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index (MMPI) – a scored personality test that is used by trained professionals to assist in identifying personality structure. 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.