The Basics About Surrogacy
Both Dr. Hummel and Dr. Kettel have extensive experience to help patients become parents through gestational surrogacy. Both Dr. Hummel and Dr. Kettel have extensive experience to help patients become parents through gestational surrogacy. A couple may decide on surrogacy for one or more of the following reasons:
- Not having a uterus due to a hysterectomy or being born without a functional uterus.
- Significant uterine abnormalities including uterine scarring (Asherman's Syndrome) or inability to develop a thick, supportive uterine lining.
- Significant medical conditions that make carrying a pregnancy risky for a woman's health (such as hypertension).
- Chronic reproductive loss (recurring miscarriage).
The surrogacy program at SDFC includes the following steps: First, the couple selects a surrogate; this could be a family member or friend or a surrogate recommended by a surrogate agency. Then, all parties involved undergo psychological counseling. This is an extremely important requirement as it gives everyone an opportunity to discuss a number of vital and sensitive issues. At the same time, a legal counsel prepares all necessary contracts. Once a legal clearance letter is sent to our office, the surrogate cycle begins. During a consultation with Dr. Hummel or Dr. Kettel the couple receives information concerning specific testing required for all parties. The couple and the surrogate meet with SDFC’s surrogacy coordinator who is a resource to the patients and surrogate during their treatment at SDFC. She provides the education, coordination and support throughout the cycle of care. Learn more about our surrogacy program.