It’s just as important to look after our Surrogate mother’s mental health and well being during pregnancy as their physical health. Although pregnancy is often portrayed as a time of great joy, that’s not the reality for all women. The emotional ups and downs of pregnancy might seem overwhelming at times. At New Life, we try our best to make sure our Surrogate mothers feel well taken care of as we strongly believe, well being during pregnancy leads to the delivery of healthy baby. Thus we constantly monitor our Surrogate mother’s emotional well being by ensuring:
Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is very important as it has equal benefits to mother and the baby. At New Life we constantly conduct educational trainings for our Surrogate mothers and explain them how important it is:
Nutrition during pregnancy is very important for the healthy development of fetus. Lack of proper nutrition can lead to various medical conditions and consequences starting from miscarriage to baby delivery with brain hypoxia which in long term can cause different neuropsychological problems such as late psychological development, dyslexia, difficulty to learn or concentrate. We conduct number of educational trainings for our surrogate mothers to explain them how crucial it is for them and baby to have healthy intake of sufficient nutrients. On top of that we advice them to strictly restrict intake of:
Weight gain is important for the healthy pregnancy and for the long-term health of Surrogate mother and the baby. Overall weight gain during pregnancy should not be less then 11-16 KG.
To less or no weight gain is very dangerous as it increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery or baby will be delivered too small along with other pregnancy complications. At New Life we constantly monitor, educate and counsel our Surrogate mothers on this subject. All New Life Surrogate mothers are well aware, that:
Genetic Screening: At New Life all pregnant surrogate mother’s have triple marker genetic test when pregnancy reaches 16-17 th week. Accuracy of triple Marker test is 60-70 percent. If parents want to have more precise genetic screening at much earlier stage (10 weeks of pregnancy) , we also offer ‘’PRENA’’ genetic test ( at additional cost) which guarantees 99 percent accuracy. We send blood sample in Germany for PRENA test and results are ready within 10 days.
Besides, Surrogate mothers have routine medical screening tests throughout the entire pregnancy:
Pregnancy 0-13 week: Trans abdominal Ultrasound, Consultation of gynecologist, consultation of therapist, complete blood count, urine analyzes, syphilis, B Hepatitis, HIV, Blood group and Rhesus, Pap Smear test, Free Beta Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, PaPP- pregnancy associated plasma protein, Nuchal Translucency scan.
Pregnancy 14-18 Week: Ultrasound scan, consultation of gynecologist, Alfa fetoprotein, Beta Chorionic Gonadotropin and Estriol, triple marker screening test
Pregnancy 19-21 week: Complete blood count, Urine Analyses complete, Glucose, Test for Secondary Hemostasis, Four Dimensional Ultrasound scan, Consultation with gynecologist
Pregnancy 30-32 week: Complete blood count, Urine Analyses, Cardio Topography, Pap Smear Test, Ultrasound scan, Consultation of the Doctor
Pregnancy 33-40 Week: Complete Blood Count, Ultrasound scan, Urine Analyses complete, Cardio Topography.
The entire process of labor and delivery can go quickly or it can be quite slow. Many women feel anxiety or fear about childbirth because its associated with a lot of pain, suffering and “uncomfortableness”. We conduct pre labor educational trainings (though its not their fist delivery) and explain to our surrogate mothers, that the more they fear, the more they become anxious and the more stress hormones are released, thus making labor, more painful. After educational sessions they feel much more relaxed, confident and cared. On top of that, later on overall environment at private maternity hospital with most caring doctors and 4 times daily meal makes them feel even more comfortable.
Its also worth to mention in this part, that according to health experts and gynecologists all over the world, cesarean delivery does not diminish labor associated risks, thus cesarean can only be done when it is medically required. In a very rare occasions, intended parents still request their baby to be delivered via C section. In this case we need to pre agree it with surrogate mother as we very much respect their rights and preferences. In case Surrogate mother’s first delivery was via C Section, second baby will also be delivered in same way.
Trust is built and maintained by many small actions over time. At New Life we believe, that the glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between us and our Surrogate mothers is trust and transparency. In order to ensure transparency, New Life requests all personal payments, as stipulated on your contract/payment annex, are paid directly to surrogate mothers. When there is transparency, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.