Presentation of the Agency:
You should have received a welcome email from GSM GLOBAL . After receiving that email, the first step is having a consultation with one of our agency staff. In this presentation we will discuss the steps for Surrogacy, our services, recommendations of attorneys or clinics if needed, fees, and any questions you might have. Based on the circumstances this presentation can be done either in person, through Skype, over the phone and always at your most convenience.
Matching with your Surrogate:
Once you have decided you are ready, the second step is to decide which Surrogate you feel the most comfortable with. We will send you a few choices that we feel match closest to your preferences. If you do not see one you like we will either send more or wait till we have another surrogate that best matches what you are looking for. If you like a Surrogate’s profile we send you, please let us know within 24 hours of us sending the profile to you. Once we send a profile to you we will hold that Surrogate for you for 24 hours, if we do not hear from you we will assume you are not interested and she will be available to other IPs. Once you are interested in a Surrogate’s profile we will contact the Surrogate and share your profile with her. If she is interested in your profile we will set up a Skype or an in person meeting so you can meet her.
Meeting the Surrogates:
The third step is to meet the Surrogate, either in person or through Skype. Both parties can ask questions to get an idea of how each other feels about the process and to get to know each other better. Once you have met (through Skype or in person) and have decided that you would like to match with the Surrogate, we will need you to email us confirming you would like to match with her and we will ask her to do the same. If both parties agree, we will consider you matched.
Establish Client Account to hold your funds:
Once you are matched with a Surrogate, you will need to establish a trust account through your attorney or an some account in Georgia. We can suggest any Georgian bank account that we work with frequently or speak with your attorney regarding holding your funds. This account will be used to cover the International Surrogacy Center fee, Surrogacy compensations, and any other expenses. A donor account will need be set up separately from your Surrogacy account. The reason Intended Parents must establish a trust account, in this country is because it would be more convenient and cheaper to have client account to distribute funds, rather than paying expenses by transferring and converting currency each time. A priority of Georgian Surrogate Mother Global is simplifying this process for both parties so that they can have an experience as pleasant as possible.
Steps from International Surrogacy Center:
Georgian Surrogate Mother will contact the IVF clinic you will be working with to notify them of your match and provide them with any information needed. Our priority is to guide the IPs and the Surrogate through the process as smoothly and delicately as possible. Since our IPs are international we know that it is very important that our IPs feel supported and properly guided from afar.
Medical Examination of the Surrogate Mother:
We will need to submit your Surrogate’s personal information to the IVF clinic in order for them to make her appointment for her medical screening. The IVF clinic will contact your Surrogate and schedule her for her medical screening appointment based on where she is in her monthly cycle. The medical examination for the Surrogate consists of collecting a urine sample and blood sample to check for drug use, diseases, and overall health history. The Surrogate will also have an ultrasound of the uterus to check her uterine lining. Surrogates who are married or are in a relationship will be required to have their Husband/Boyfriend/Partner undergo blood tests as well. The blood test results take 7-15 days. Once the results are back the clinic will notify us and we in turn will notify you.
Signature of the Contract by three Parties:
Once your Surrogate is medically cleared by your IVF doctor, we will notify your attorney that you are ready to review the legal contract that your attorney has prepared for you, for your Surrogate and for your egg donor(or egg donor's attorney person). Three parties with their respective lawyers will review the contract and have a consultation with their attorney before the contract can be signed. Once the contract is agreed upon by three parties, you will need to have the final contract notarized (Before embryo transfer).
Deposit to the Trust Account:
Within seven days after signing the surrogacy contract, Intended Parents will be required to make a deposit in the amount of 30 000 US dollar equivalent in Georgian Lari. currency to their trust/escrow account to cover their Surrogate’s compensations. Intended parents may also place an extra amount of money to cover the cost of the egg donor and/or doctor specializing infertility, and/or any other expenses.
Fertility Treatments for the Surrogate Mother:
This treatment lasts approximately 4 to 6 weeks as prescribed by the IVF doctor. The pharmacy responsible for providing the medications to be consumed by the Surrogate and/or Egg Donor requests that the Intended Parents give payment information to them directly in order to cover the costs of the medication. Such information will not be shared with any other party. This is to ensure payment of any medication that is going to be needed by the Surrogate and/or Egg Donor during fertility treatment, otherwise, the pharmacy will not distribute the medication to the Surrogate or it can result in the delay of fertility treatment. Once your Surrogate has started medication and her uterine lining looks favorable for accepting an embryo she then can undergo the embryo transfer. This is also dependent on the fertility specialist’s evaluation of the embryo.
Testing the Surrogate for Pregnancy:
Once the embryo transfer is done, the Surrogate will be scheduled within the next two weeks to perform a pregnancy test done by the fertility clinic via blood test. If the blood test results are positive the Surrogate will have one more blood test within a week to make sure the HCG levels are rising appropriately. If those levels are rising correctly, two weeks after the last blood test, your Surrogate will have an ultrasound to confirm the baby has a heartbeat and determine how many embryos were successful during the transfer.
Releasing the Surrogate to Personal OB/GYN:
Within ten to fourteen weeks after IVF treatment , your IVF doctor will release the Surrogate to her personal OB/GYN to be treated for prenatal care. It will be the Surrogate’s responsibility to inform the agency with the OB/GYN’s information and the date and time of her first appointment, Georgian Surrogate Mother Global offers the Surrogate and the Intended Parents to have a member of our team join the Surrogate at her first OB/GYN appointment and any appointment that the Surrogate Mother or the Intended Parents wish. From this moment, the Surrogate will be the means of information between the OB doctor and Intended Parents. International Surrogacy Center requires the Surrogate to keep us updated throughout the pregnancy with appointment dates and anything else that would be considered important information.
When the Surrogate is within 25 to 30 weeks gestation, Georgian SUrrogate Mother Global will put together a final estimation for the Intended Parents. This final estimation will explain in detail the trust account balance and whether additional money will need to be deposited or not.
Arrival Time for the Birth:
Georgian Surrogate Mother Global encourages Intended Parents to come to Georgia within 36 and 37 weeks of pregnancy if your Surrogate is carrying one baby. If your Surrogate is carrying twins we highly suggest you arrive within 33 to 34 weeks to ensure you are here for the birth. Some women may deliver a couple weeks prior to their due date; therefore, we encourage that you arrive at least a couple of weeks beforehand.
Presence of Intended Parents During Childbirth:
Expectant parents may be present during childbirth if this is agreed upon with your Surrogate. If your Surrogate requires a c-section, the doctor will usually only allow one person present during the surgery. If a c-section is required, the Surrogate will inform us of who she prefers to be in the room with her. Normally this is not a problem to have the Intended Mother or Father in the room, but in case of complications the Surrogate may want her own spouse/support person in the room with her for support.
Birth Certificate and Passport:
The birth certificate will be issued immediately after the child’s birth – within 1 day. The intended parents will be registered as parents on the birth certificate. Consent of the surrogate mother is not required for registration.