Surrogate Information

ANU Fertility Consultants (AFC) works closely with Intended Parents and surrogate mothers to help bring the reality of having a child to an infertile family. We work with all Intended Parents, from heterosexual to GLBTIPQ, including single parent families of all ages and International Couples. We have helped families from Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, the United States, and many other places around the world. Surrogate mothers are a vital part of this process.

AFC 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.

Surrogacy Types

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Currently, AFC only facilitates gestational surrogacy, which requires the Intended Mother (or an egg donor), the Intended Father (or a sperm donor), and a gestational carrier. The gestational surrogate makes no genetic contribution and provides only the womb for the developing baby. If the Intended Parents cannot provide suitable eggs or sperm, a donor may be used.

The success rate of gestational surrogacy varies since more than two people are involved. Success depends on multiple factors, including quality of eggs, sperm, and embryo, and health of the surrogate. This is why AFC requires our surrogate mothers to undergo a substantial vetting process, a physical check-up by their primary physician, and a psychological evaluation.

ANU Fertility provides extensive support to surrogates through social functions, closed discussion forums, retreats, and more.

This support also includes the handling of finances; ANU Fertility ensures finances reach surrogate mothers in a timely fashion to cover their pregnancy expenses. Surrogate mothers must have familial support of their own. If they have a spouse, their spouse must be able to support them in all ways possible. Spouses must undergo the same psychological assessment the surrogate mothers do.

Please keep in mind that this general information is provided only to help you understand the procedures involved for surrogacy. This information is also based on the protocols we have experienced through the cycles we have coordinated with IVF clinics. The exact protocol, procedures, medications and timeline for any surrogacy cycle you do may be modified.

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