If you are considering becoming a parent through surrogacy, you are going to enter into a whole new world of terms and phrases that you probably haven’t had to know before now. While a good surrogacy agency in California should explain every term to you, sometimes things can be a bit confusing. It is best if you do a bit of research before you start the surrogacy process and then once the term comes up in your own journey.
Surrogacy Terms You Need To Know
We have compiled a list of surrogacy terms that we think you should know – it may be a good idea to bookmark this list and return back to it throughout your path to parenthood.
Amniocentesis: This is a test used to detect any chromosomal problems. It tests the cells located in the amniotic fluid around the baby. It does not harm the baby. This test is completed to help determine any health or development problems with the baby.
Blastocyst: This is the last stage of development that an embryo has to reach before the medical procedure to implant the embryo into the uterine wall. Most embryos will reach this stage of development in an IVF center before they are implanted into the Surrogate.
Carrier/Surrogate/Gestational Surrogate/Surrogate Mother: These are terms that can all be used interchangeably. This is the woman who will carry your child. There are two types of surrogates traditionally, but Gestational Surrogates are the most common and prevalent type of Surrogates most people work with today. These are expertly chosen women who are mentally and physically able to carry a child for Intended Parents.
Egg Donor: The woman who donates eggs for reproduction through IVF. EDSI can also help you to choose an Egg Donor who fits your ideal profile.
Gestational Surrogacy: Gestational Surrogacy is the most common type of surrogacy where the Surrogate is not genetically related to the baby. The embryos are created using the biological material of the Intended Parents or of donors, depending on the situation.
Intended Parents (IP’s): These are the people (or person) who becomes the legal parent of the child who is born through the surrogacy process.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): This is the process through which the eggs are fertilized by sperm. This is usually done in a test tube or a Petri dish at a clinic by an expert reproductive endocrinologist.
Matching: This is the process through which the Intended Parents are matched with a Surrogate or an Egg Donor. With EDSI, caseworkers and our surrogacy experts will help you to find a compatible match that has the same expectations that you have.
Post-Birth Order: A legal, court-issued order that Intended Parents get after the birth of their child. This will be used to replace the Surrogate’s name with the names of the Intended Parents on the newborn’s birth certificate.
Pre-Birth Order: A legal, court-issued order that Intended Parents get before the birth of their child. Typically, it will allow for the placement of the Intended Parents’ names on the birth certificate and will allow the IPs to access the child in the hospital directly after birth.
Please note that this is just a short list of the terms that you will encounter throughout the surrogacy process. If you have any questions, it is best to ask your caseworker for a thorough explanation. Never be afraid to ask!
Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today
Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.
It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.
Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)
8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211