Questions to ask When Choosing an IVF Clinic for Surrogacy
Posted on October 29, 2015
Many gay men and single men need the support of a surrogate to have a baby. If you opt to work with a gestational carrier and egg donor, you may opt to find an IVF clinic which recruits donors and surroages in house, or opt to work with a surrogacy agency in conjunction with your clinic.
When you are considering your choice of an IVF clinic, there are a couple of questions you should ask to help aid your decision:
- In what year was your clinic established?
- Can I have a surrogacy procedure legally performed at your clinic, or do I have to travel to another state? If so, do you have satellite locations available?
- Do you offer both egg donation and surrogacy on site? If not, can you recommend a donor agency and/or surrogacy agency experienced in working with the LGBTQ community?
- Can you recommend an assisted reproduction attorney who is well versed in surrogacy and family law for the LGBTQ community?
- If I identify an assisted reproduction attorney and/or a donor/surrogacy agency that I wish to work with, will you accommodate my choice?
- What is your success rate for this procedure?
- What if it doesn’t work the first time? What are my options and costs for subsequent attempts?
- What medical tests will I need to have done prior to providing a semen sample?
- How can I assure the health and well-being of our gestational carrier and egg donor throughout this process?
- Are you registered with the Food and Drug Administration as a Human Cell and Tissue Establishment?
- Are you a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)? Do you follow ASRM guidelines on protocols concerning number of embryos transferred?
- How do we become matched with a surrogate/donor through your program?
- What are your fees?
- Can I make a payment plan arrangment, or other type of financial arrangement?
Building your family with the help of a gestational surrogate and an egg donor can be complicated, and expensive. By asking the right questions up front, you can go a long way towards streamlining the process, and reducing your out-of-pocket costs, as well.