The Surrogacy Process

Over the past 9 years, Tammuz family has accompanied hundreds of men and women on their exciting journey to parenthood: from the early stage of exploring the different possibilities & inquiries, matching with a surrogate, choosing an egg donor, creating embryos, through the pregnancy - until the unforgettable moment they met their baby.

In order to make it easier for you, it is essential to understand the different steps of the surrogacy process. So how does it work?

Surrogate
Matching

The unique and wonderful woman who will help you fulfill your dream of parenthood chooses to become a surrogate for different reasons, which combine her desire to help others fulfill their wish of a baby with her hope of improving her financial situation. All Tammuz surrogates undergo strict screening, medical and psychological tests and preparation for the process. However, the nature of communication with surrogates throughout the procedure vary from country to country. Based on our many years of experience, we will know to select the perfect surrogate for you according to your needs and requests.

Donor Selection

Tammuz Family offers a wide variety of egg donors. All donors undergo strict psychological and medical screening which includes genetic profiling of the donor and the medical tests that verify the suitability of the eggs for the surrogacy process. The prospective parents can choose a fresh or frozen egg donation from Tammuz Egg bank, according to the plan and the program. All donors are anonymous

However, IPs will receive additional information about donors, including additional photographs, including childhood photos, and a psychological and medical profile that includes a lot of information.

 

The Medical
Process

The surrogacy journey is made up of various stages according to the needs of the prospective parents. It is important to note that not all procedures are identical; some prospective parents require an egg donation, while others use their own embryos. There are IPs who wish to fly to the clinic before performing the fertilization, while others prefer that we ship the sperm over there on their behalf.

The medical procedure depicts here, describes in general the way in which the surrogacy procedure is managed. For more specific details for yourselves, contact us.

Sperm donation

Tammuz offers a variety of options for the provision of sperm for the prospective parents for the process of surrogacy in the US, Ukraine and Greece:

  1. Providing sperm at your home country, and shipping it to the fertility clinic abroad by a Currier company
  2. Providing sperm directly at the clinic abroad, in accordance with the chosen surrogacy plan

IVF - In vitro fertilization

After donating the sperm and selecting a donor the IVF procedure will take place in a fertility clinic, according to you surrogacy program. During fertilization the egg of the donor or prospective mother is fertilized with the sperm of the prospective father or with donated sperm. The fertilized egg develops in the laboratory in most cases for 4-5 days - until the blastocyst stage. Embryos reach this stage will go through PGS/CGH test.

PGS/CGH

Genetic testing of the embryo before implanting in the uterus. The purpose of the test is to ascertain the integrity of the embryo before transplanting it into the uterus in order to prevent certain types of anomalies and syndromes, including Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Tay Sacks and more. For the analysis, a number of cells are taken from each embryo which undergoes a biopsy, and within 24 hours you can know which embryo is suitable to be transplanted.

Transplanting embryos

In accordance with the parents' wishes and the approval of the surrogate, the surrogate’s uterus is implanted with one or two embryos. In case of gay fathers, there is an option of transplanting one embryo from each one of the fathers to try and produce a twin pregnancy in which each child has a genetic link to one of the parents.

The Pregnancy

USA Surrogacy Program – The pregnancy tracking will be performed by the surrogates personal Obstetrics and gynaecology physician at the local clinic in the state of her residency. First pregnancy trimester will be monitored in accordance with Western Fertility Clinic.

Ukraine Surrogacy Program – The pregnancy tracking will be performed at the Nadiya clinic in Kiev

Greece Surrogacy Program – The pregnancy tracking will be performed at a fertility clinic in Athens

The Birth

The surrogate will have a natural birth or a Caesarean section according to the decision of the Obstetrics and gynaecology doctor.

USA Surrogacy Program – The birth will take place at a private hospital in the vicinity of the surrogates residence

Ukraine Surrogacy Program – The birth will take place in a public hospital in Kiev

Greece Surrogacy Program – The birth will take place at a private hospital in Athens