Creative Conception, Inc. provides the opportunity for couples to become a family. Statistics demonstrate that at least 90% of surrogate mothers report their desire to become a surrogate is motivated by the opportunity to feel special and whole during pregnancy. Surrogates also express empathy for childless couples. A surrogate’s passion is typically intensified by personal contact with the recipient couple. Creative Conception, Inc. has had continued success with our very committed surrogates who feel, as we do, that nothing makes a life more complete than a child to share it with.
The Couples that seek the Help of a Surrogate to Carry their Child are:
- Women that are born without a uterus.
- Women that have had their uterus removed for medical reasons.
- Women that have had several failed IVF transfers to their uterus.
- Women that have been diagnosed with a uterine abnormality.
- Women that have had several miscarriages.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with a surrogate – In Vitro Fertilization is more commonly known as “test tube baby” and has helped couples that are infertile, conceive and bear children. Today this process actually occurs in a dish and not a test tube. The In Vitro Fertilization procedure is a four-step process. First, the patient or egg donor will take medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Step two involves retrieving the eggs from the ovary. Once the eggs have been retrieved, the third step is the fertilization of the eggs and culture of the embryos in the IVF Laboratory. Once the eggs are appropriately fertilized, the fourth and final step occurs. This step involves placing the embryos into
the uterus of the surrogate for implantation (embryo transfer or ET).
Creative Conception, Inc. exclusively offers gestational surrogacy. This type of surrogacy allows the surrogate to carry the child without any biological connection. Creative Conception, Inc. does not use the eggs of the surrogate mother.
Qualifications to Become a Gestational Surrogate:
- Must have given birth to at least one child.
- Must be between the ages of 21-41.
- Not receiving government assistance for self.
- No serious medical problems during pregnancy or delivery with either you or your baby.
- No deliveries before 35 weeks-unless delivered twins or more.
- Your most recent delivery records will be reviewed.
- You must undergo a psychological evaluation including a MMPI-2/PAI written test.
- Medical testing will be required of both you and your husband/partner. Testing includes tobacco and drug screening and may include a procedure to visualize the uterus, such as hysteroscopy
- A background check will be administered.
Medication typically used in an IVF Surrogacy Procedure:
(Most IVF Centers offer an Injection Teaching Class or videos)
Lupron is a man-made form of a hormone that regulates many processes in the body. This medication shuts down your own cycle so that you do not ovulate. This will prevent your own eggs from being involved in the cycle. It is given subcutaneously using very tiny needles similar to insulin needles, just under the skin in one of two ways:
- The upper outer thigh
- Lower stomach
This medicine is administered for 14-21 days. Side effects can include but are not limited to: hot flashes, fatigue, and headaches.
Estrogen is the hormone we produce mainly in our ovaries. This medication works to thicken the lining of the uterus. There are three ways this hormone can be taken:
- Oral tablets
- Adhesive patch.
- An Intramuscular injection in the outer hip area
This medication is taken for approximately 3-9 weeks. Side effects can include but are not limited to: weight gain and headaches.
Progesterone is a hormone we produce in our ovaries that is essential during pregnancy. This medication is used to support the pregnancy. There are four ways progesterone can be administered
- An intramuscular injection in the outer hip area
- Vaginal suppositories
- Vaginal gel
- Capsules taken orally
This medication is taken for approximately 2-9 weeks. Side effects can include but are not limited to: breast tenderness and mild uterine cramping.
The Transfer of Embryos to the Surrogate.
The embryo transfer (ET) only takes approximately 5 minutes, but you will stay in the IVF center for approximately 1 hour. What is involved in the transfer is a tiny catheter is placed into the uterus and the embryos are released. Approximately 3-5 days later the embryo(s) implant into the uterus. During this time you are placed on modified or complete bedrest for 1-3 days. The bedrest is normally in a hotel for complete relaxation. The success of the implantation involves the quality of the embryo and the receptivity and thickness of the uterine lining. The number of embryos to be transferred is decided with the Intended Parents, Surrogate and the IVF doctor. Statistically, the transfer of one to three embryos of good quality gives the best possibility of pregnancy. There is still a risk of miscarriage and ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.