Medical Record Review & Screening
When you apply to Family Makers, one of the first things we do is a thorough medical record review. Records pertaining to previous obstetric and gynecological history, pregnancy and delivery of previous babies are reviewed for any issues that could cause possible issues for future pregnancies. Once you have passed Family Makers’ approval process, they are then sent to a fertility specialist for final review and approval.
Once the fertility specialist has confirmed that your medical records are acceptable, a psychological evaluation is performed by a licensed mental health professional. This lengthy interview is an opportunity for the psychologist or social worker to go over the risks and responsibilities of surrogacy, social history of the you and your significant other, and to assess a number of things to determine if you are an appropriate candidate. This evaluation also typically includes a group consultation with the Intended Parents review and clarify sensitive and important topics known to come up in surrogacy arrangements as a group. Lastly, you be required to complete a standardized personality assessment called a MMPI-2 or PAI, an additional tool used to assist the mental health professional in the overall evaluation.
Psychological assessment may be completed prior to or during her physical medical screening at your Intended Parents’ fertility clinic. This one to two day appointment with your Intended Parents’ RE will include an interview, pelvic exam, ultrasound and blood work. Additional tests may be performed at the physician’s discretion.
In addition to a mental health evaluation, you will be required to travel to your Intended Parents’ fertility clinic for a day of testing and appointments. There will be extensive blood tests taken from you and your partner to look for infectious diseases, common health problems, and drug use. An ultrasound will be performed to evaluate your uterus for any scar tissue, fibroids, polyps or anatomical malformations that could interfere with becoming a Surrogate.
Once the medical approval process is complete, you will return home. You should receive final confirmation of approval in 1-2 weeks once blood tests and the psychological evaluation have been reported.