A typical pregnancy is 40 weeks long and divided into trimesters. That’s plenty of time to think of and execute ways to participate in your baby’s gestation period. After all, who wouldn’t want to know all about the kicks, growth, and nuances of their baby’s development?
Need a place to start? Use your Intended Parent Handbook to help breakdown the pregnancy by milestone or refer to the Pregnancy and Delivery packets’ checklists. For example, during your surrogate’s tenth week of pregnancy (when your surrogate’s medical care is transferred to her OBGYN), you’ll want to discuss ways in which to communicate about upcoming doctor’s appointments. Beyond that, here are some more ways to stay involved.
It’s important to maintain frequent contact with your surrogate throughout the pregnancy. Your surrogate will keep you updated on the progress of her medical appointments, and you can request to speak directly with your surrogate’s doctor. However, HIPPA laws protect your surrogate’s privacy rights, so she will have to sign a release granting permission. It’s a good idea to schedule monthly updates with your surrogate via Skype or telephone. You’ll also want to discuss prenatal testing with your surrogate in conjunction with the doctor. Your program coordinator team can help prepare you for this call. It’s important that intended parents who are not U.S. citizens recognize that the standard of care is often different in the U.S. There may be tests that are common in your country that your American doctor finds unnecessary.