Thursday, April 21, 2011
Testing and Screening
Yippee....we are matched! Now what?!? That is a questions that I hear on a regular basis. The testing and screening phase is the less then fun part that falls between the matching and the legal phases. After IPs have decided on a surrogate we move on to the screening. This part can be a little complicated and hectic, but it is a very important step. Every clinic has different requirements and testing required. The first thing I do is check with them and get a list of what is needed. Next, if the surrogate is not located near the clinic, we have to pick a location. Depending on the situation, it may be best to have the surrogate travel to the main clinic for her testing, other times it makes more sense to use a clinic local to her. There are several tests that seem to be universal among all the clinics, a saline ultrasound and FDA blood work. The saline ultrasound is to evaluate the condition of the uterus and is a critical test. If all the medical tests are passed we move on to the psychological assessment. This requirement varies between clinics, some require personality testing while others just require a counseling session. On the flip side all of the above tests (with the exception of the saline ultrasound) are also required of the intended parents. It can be a lot to arrange and coordinate, but everyone is happy to graduate from the testing phase and move on to the next step!