During these unusual times, we recognize that many surrogates will have questions about how COVID-19 may impact their surrogacy journey.  The good news is that even though COVID-19 is changing many aspects of our lives, parents and surrogates have been able to continue their family-building journeys together with some extra precautions taken to help keep everyone safe.

 

Research and recommendations related to COVID-19 are ongoing, but here are some key things we want to point out as you begin this process of helping another family through surrogacy.

 

  • IARC’s prescreening and matching of surrogates is continuing uninterrupted.
  • Our extensive list of intended parents waiting for a match are ready and eager to find their match and continue forward towards a pregnancy.
  • Final medical screening and embryo transfer procedures have continued since June after many clinics were closed March-May. Professional guidelines found here allowed clinics to reopen in June so long as the clinic is following prescribed precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Many surrogates travel for fertility treatment (typically two trips; one for final medical screening and one for the embryo transfer) to the parents’ chosen clinic – information regarding air travel during COVID-19 can be found here. Please read fully but a few key points are:
    • Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses don’t spread easily on flights.
    • Requirements can vary by airline but most are not seating passengers next to one another and are requiring all passengers to wear a mask at all times.
    • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased cleaning and disinfecting equipment and surfaces at screening checkpoints.
  • A summary of research related to pregnancy and COVID-19 can be found here. As summarized by fertility physician, Dr. Daneshmand:
  • Currently, there is no evidence of transmission of the virus via eggs, sperm or embryos.
  • The information on pregnancy is limited, but it appears that pregnant women are no more likely than anyone else to have severe symptoms from the coronavirus.
  • Hospital visitor policies for hospitalization (labor/delivery, etc.) – each hospital makes their own policies, but currently most hospitals are allowing all patients one visitor. This means that the surrogates have one support person of her choosing for labor/delivery.  The intended parents are also sometimes allowed in the delivery room or will be in a nearby room to receive baby when he/she is born.

 

IARC continues to support all of our parents and surrogates to provide a happy and secure journey for all. If you have any questions, please reach out to you IARC Coordinator.