In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Surrogacy Services
Bay Area IVF – RSC provides a popular IVF and surrogacy services. The success of this program depends on the generosity of gestational surrogates, women who become pregnant and carry another couple’s baby to term. If you would like more information on RSC’s IVF/Surrogacy Services, please contact our patient services department to schedule a new patient appointment, 1-888-DRS-4-IVF. RSC’s pregnancy rates in the IVF/Surrogacy Services are greater than 50 percent.
IVF/Surrogacy process is used when the female partner is unable to carry a baby to term, a condition that occurs when:
- She does not have a uterus (due to a hysterectomy, or being born without a functional uterus)
- She has significant uterine abnormalities (often from DES exposure or Asherman’s Syndrome, intrauterine adhesions that resulted from uterine surgery scars), or inability to develop a thick supportive uterine lining
- Medical conditions that make carrying a pregnancy risky
- Immunological abnormalities that may cause a woman to repeatedly miscarry.
NOTE: We DO NOT provide Traditional Surrogacy Services.
How IVF Surrogacy Works
- Select an appropriate surrogate. A surrogate may be a family member, friend, or a woman chosen through an agency.
- If you want to use RSC’s Egg Donor Program and want to review the donor profiles, please contact our office to make an appointment. Egg age and quality are critical for success. In general, the younger the intended mother, the better. Success rates are lower when the intended mother is over 39. RSC recommends that women 40 and older consider using an egg donor as well as a surrogate. Many intended parents in RSC’s IVF/Surrogacy Program also participate in the egg donor program.
- Prior to the beginning of the actual IVF cycle, you must schedule a financial consultation. Business office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
- All involved parties must participate in psychological counseling. This is an extremely important process that allows everyone an opportunity to discuss vital and sensitive issues. A psychological clearance letter from all involved parties must be on file before the IVF cycle begins.
- Meet with legal counsel to draw up the necessary contracts. The surrogate and the intended parents must meet with separate attorneys for proper representation. A legal clearance letter must be sent to our office before the start of the cycle.
- Schedule an appointment for the surrogate and another for the intended parents with one of the physicians. These appointments are scheduled separately, not as a group. RSC provides information about required tests for each person in the process.
- After RSC has received all the appropriate documents and test results, RSC will make arrangements to begin the medication to synchronize the cycle between the surrogate and the intended mother (or the egg donor).
- The intended mother (or egg donor) undergoes the treatment for a routine IVF cycle. At the same time, the surrogate’s uterus is prepared to receive the embryos. In general, the surrogate’s cycle includes Lupron injections, oral estrogen, and either vaginal or injectable progesterone.
- RSC carefully considers how many embryos will be transferred. Surrogates and intended parents must be aware of the risk of high order multiple births (triplets and quadruplets) and need to be well informed about the high success rates of IVF surrogacy. RSC usually recommends transferring two or three embryos, depending on the age of the intended mother, the quality of the embryos, and the preference of the intended parents and the surrogate. Any additional embryos of good quality can be frozen for use in a frozen embryo transfer.
- The surrogate continues to take estrogen and progesterone, and 11 days after the embryo transfer, she will have a pregnancy test.
RSC’s goal for its IVF/Surrogacy Program participants is maximum involvement and preparation toward a positive experience in your journey toward parenthood.
For gestational carrier and surrogacy referral resources, please see our Surrogacy Referral Resources page.