Surrogacy Jargon #2: Surrogate Medical & Mental Health Screening
Participating as a Gestational Surrogate with Universal Surrogacy Services requires that you meet certain criteria. As previously mentioned in Surrogacy Jargon #1, you must have given birth without complication, are between the ages of 21-40, are in overall good health, etc. Today we are going to focus on the medical & mental health screening necessary to participate in our program.
When submitting your Gestational Surrogate Application to Universal Surrogacy Services, you must include your previous pregnancy & delivery records and recent pap smear results. Prior to your first phone consultation your assigned Case Manager, will review your application and medical records. Your completed application along with your medical records will help determine if you are eligible to participate as a Gestational Surrogate for someone. Once accepted to our program, it is necessary to submit to further medical screening that includes infectious disease, drug and nicotine testing.
In addition to the basic medical screening requirements, it is necessary for all potential Gestational Surrogates to meet with a mental health professional to determine her eligibility to act as a Gestational Surrogate for intended parents. During this meeting, the potential Gestational Surrogate will complete an in-person consultation with a mental health provider. The in-person portion of the evaluation is an opportunity for the potential Gestational Surrogate to openly discuss her feelings regarding surrogacy, potential pointers to help handle anything they may experience throughout the process, their personal history & background information, and their overall motivation for participating as a Gestational Surrogate. In addition to the in-person portion of the evaluation, a potential Gestational Surrogate will, most likely, submit to the MMPI. Read more about the MMPI here: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-the-minnesota-multipha…
Once a potential Gestational Surrogate is accepted to participate in Universal Surrogacy Service’s program and is matched with intended parents, it is necessary to meet with the fertility specialist that the intended parents are working with. The fertility specialist may complete infectious disease testing and other bloodwork. The fertility specialist will complete an ultrasound to determine the size, shape and health of the Gestational Surrogate’s uterus. If the potential Gestational Surrogate is in a committed relationship with someone, their partner will be required to submit to certain testing.
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