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I'm not new to pregnancy/parenting, but I'm new to being a potential surrogate. I had signed up with an agency in my region, and I got the email today asking if I'd be available for a cycle about 2.5 hours away from my home.
Question for you.. What's involved? They haven't gotten back to me yet, but I'd really appreciate first hand knowledge or experience if anybody has it. Will I have to stay in Maryland for several days, just overnight, or something similar? What will I need to get done here?
Hi. I imagine you will have to ask the agency some questions. Perhaps their embryos are stored at their facility, 2.5 hours away. This would imply that you would do the transfer there and probably stay there for a few days to rest. It does not seem reasonable for you to travel for regular doctor's visits. It seems like you would be able to see a doctor closer to home for most things. After all, you have your own family.
In any case, I would ask the agency what matching with this family would entail and then decide from there if you are willing to travel. Also, you would want to meet the IP's to see if they are a good fit for you.
I hope this helps
I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I have been MIA and am finally catching up.
Every transfer is different in every surrogacy journey. For example, my transfer happened in Mexico City. So I was gone for a few days every time. One day for travel there, one day for transfer and one day for travel home.
But with yours being so close, you may be able to drive down the night before, transfer in the morning, rest the afternoon away, possibly spend the night and then drive back the next day. Some RE's require so many hours or days of rest. So that might change things. And if your IP's aren't local, and you haven't seen them as much, it might be a few days of just getting to see them.
Mommy to Damon TS to Kyle 10/07 GS for E and R--WE ARE PREGNANT!!
Try 1--Sept 2010 negative Try 2--Jan 2011 negative
Try 3--May 2011-miscarried at 5 weeks
Transfer 4---PREGNANT!!! BFP @ 5.5dp3dt Beta at 11dp3dt was 164.6
Ultrasound showed TWO BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree...it all depends on how many days bed rest they require. I flew in late late Thursday night (Oregon to Texas), transferred early friday morning and was required to be on bed rest till I flew home Sunday night. But I've heard of some RE's requiring NO bed rest, just 'take it easy' that day.
It shouldn't be a big deal, just slightly less convenient than cycling local. Are they going to monitor you at a clinic closer to home?