Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions for Surrogates.
Will medical insurance pay for the birth and any complications?
At this time a Canadian surrogate is medically covered once she is pregnant under our social medical system. This is because as the patient, all ultrasounds, blood work, doctor visits and the birth are covered 100% at this time. Legislation in any government is always changing, and we will help keep you abreast with legal assistance to confirm the ongoing medical systems within Canada.
Is your consulting company the largest one in Canada?
No, it is not the largest. We do not want to be so large that we can not spend the individual time that we want with each client building a close and personal relationship. You will not get lost within a huge facility treating hundreds of clients.
How long will it be before my surrogate and/or us begins fertilty treatment?
This depends on many variables including how long it takes to get an appointment in the clinic. Once you have found your surrogate, time is required to complete pre-medical screening, conduct legal agreements, and make the necessary travel preparations. Often it will require two to four months after matching before fertility treatments can begin.
If my surrogate becomes pregnant, where will she deliver?
Most surrogates will deliver in their hometown. She usually chooses to see the doctor who has delivered her own babies. Legal and insurance factors can impact the doctor and/or province of delivery, but this would all be discussed prior to signing any contract. We help you through pregnancy, delivery and the final legal proceedings.
How long will it be before I have a baby?
Fertility is not an exact science. We cannot guarantee a child. We would be misleading you if we told you we could guarantee a baby within a specific time frame.
I would like to use my local fertilty clinic, is this possible?
We have clients come to us from all over the world. Anu Fertility Consultants has used several clinics, but the process of learning about each clinic, its staff practices, philosophy of treatment is huge; we will always try to faciliate our clients requests to the best of our ablitlities. If you know of a well-organized clinic that you would like to recommend, please let us know.
Is there a difference between frozen and fresh embryo transfer pregnancy rates?
Yes. There are higher pregnancy rates using fresh embryos; however, there is still some discussion on this issue.
I have several frozen embryos at a clinic, but they are unable to work with our surrogate. Can you we move our embryos?
Yes, depending on the clinic you select. It may require the filing of several customs documents, and communication between the two clinics. We also receive documentation about the embryos’ freezing and storage techniques. We will help organize this with you. This has been done successfully.
What fees are involved?
Our fees are individually tailored to your needs. Unlike agencies that charge fees regardless of the services you require, we provide upfront consulting quotes in writing to ensure that you are made aware of the costs associated with any services that you may require.
Your initial consultation is free of charge, and during that call we will work on building your tailored plan to your journey of parenthood.
Once we have completed an initial assessment you will be provided with a consulting agreement outlining costs associated with the services you will require.
What can ANU Fertility Consultants Ltd. Ltd. do for me?
ANU Fertility Consultants Ltd. Ltd. facilitates our clients by acting as the liaison between the prospective parents, the surrogate, and the professionals performing the procedures and screening. Our job will be to coordinate the surrogacy process, including the screening process, as directed by the primary physician.
What happens during the egg donation cycle and retrieval?
During the 7 to 12 day ovarian stimulation, two to four ultrasound examinations and blood Estrogen determinations are used to follow the development of the eggs. When the eggs are ready for retrieval, the egg donor/ intended mother will take another subcutaneous injection of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone. This hormone completes the maturation process of the eggs. Thirty-six hours after the hCG injection, a non-surgical oocyte retrieval is done at the clinic. This is typically a 5 to 10 minute procedure.
Using ultrasound guidance, a thin aspirating needle is passed through the top of the vagina into the follicles. Only the tip of the aspirating needle enters the pelvic area. Since the ovaries are located just above the top of the vagina, the tip of the needle is passed into the follicles without penetrating the uterus, cervix or the Fallopian tubes. The next day, the embryologists will examine the eggs for signs of fertilization. A normally fertilized egg will show two pronuclei representing the genetic material from the egg and sperm.
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