Question – How is the nine months’ journey like with the surrogate?
Answer – Medical Tourism Corporation’s partner fertility clinic in India takes utmost care of the surrogate. It is treated as a
high-risk pregnancy and the surrogate is cared for by two consultant gynecologists.
Surrogate care and regular check-ups:
Appointments with the doctor are scheduled for the surrogate every three weeks for the first six months, every 15 days in the next two months, and then weekly/biweekly in the last month. Routine blood tests like hemoglobin, blood group, VDRL, HBsAG and HIV are done.
Special care is taken and tests are done to pick up any obstetric or medical complications like hypertension, diabetes etc. at the earliest. Two doses of Tetanus injections are given during pregnancy.
Detailed information is given to the surrogates about diet during pregnancy. They are regularly provided with supplements from the hospital.
Thus, it is taken care that adequate nutrition reaches the baby and the baby’s healthy growth is maintained.
The baby’s growth is monitored strictly. Ultrasound is done at 6 weeks to confirm pregnancy and the viability of the baby, then at 12 weeks to assess growth and certain parameters like nuchal thickness. At 18-20 weeks, a detailed level III ultrasound is done to detect any abnormalities in the baby. At 16 weeks, amniocentesis is performed if the genetic mother’s age is more than 35 years after counseling and in consultation with genetic parents. (Amniocentesis refers to the procedure where amniotic fluid is drawn to check the fetal DNA for abnormalities.)
At 28 weeks and 34 weeks, color Doppler is performed to assess the growth of the baby and rule out intra-uterine growth retardation. Fetal well-being tests like non-stress test are done as and when required.
Labor preparedness and neonatal care:
Our partner clinic has an LDRP (Labor Delivery Recovery Puerperium) room for delivery, which is equipped to handle any obstetric emergency. There is also a NICU (Neonatal ICU) setup that is completely equipped to handle any neonatal complications, with a neonatologist available round-the-clock.
Throughout the nine months, the intended parents are kept posted on the progress of the baby. They are sent ultrasound pictures and blood reports, too.
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