At Katrina Cassidy P.C. the screening of a Gestational Carrier is done in three stages:
- psychological and
Legal Screening of Carriers for Intended Parents
During the legal stage, the Gestational Carrier will
- be interviewed,
- her medical records from any prior pregnancies will be obtained and thoroughly checked
- and a criminal background check of both her and her husband or significant other will be performed.
During this phase, her health insurance and short-term disability policies will also be reviewed to determine the existence and extent of coverage.
Psychological Screening of Carriers for Intended Parents
Once you have matched with a carrier candidate, the Gestational Carrier and her husband will meet with a psychologist for a consultation. The Gestational Carrier will also undergo the MMPI, a multiple-choice personality test, to ensure her emotional readiness to be a gestational carrier.
Medical Screening of Carriers for Intended Parents
Finally, the Gestational Carrier and her husband will undergo a medical screening. Both will undergo FDA required blood draws at your IVF Physician’s clinic and a medical history will be taken. Next, the gestational carrier’s most recent pregnancy records will be reviewed. The IVF physician will also do an ultrasound, or hyster sonogram or hysteroscopy to check the uterine cavity of the gestational carrier.
Once the Gestational Carrier has completed and passed the three levels of screening, the Gestational Surrogacy Agreement can be prepared. After that is completed and signed by all parties, the parties are ready to begin the in vitro cycle which will culminate it the embryo transfer.
If you’re an Intended Parent in Texas, nationwide or internationally based who wants to learn more about Gestational Surrogacy, schedule a free, 30 minute initial consultation today!