What services do the Surrogacy Agencies offer?

What services do the Surrogacy Agencies offer?

The choice of a surrogate pregnancy agency is a very important decision, and we will give you some tips to take into account for a better decision.
The Agencies are companies or organizations specialized in surrogating that, generally, provide two very important services:

-Organize the process of surrogating, including advice on procedures, contact with specialized lawyers who will make legal presentations and fund trusts, contact with the reproduction center that will carry out the embryo transfer, contact with translators when the parents they do not speak the language of the country and more. Normally they are not in charge of organizing trips or stays, for the future parents.

-To obtain a suitable pregnant woman and donor of ovules for the process, and to be in charge of carrying out the medical analysis of health, verifying the non-existence of pending issues with the justice, carrying out interviews about her lifestyle, etc. When contracting with an agency, the agency will provide us with a database of profiles of women who have applied to act as pregnant women, in order to choose the most appropriate one.

How to choose which agency to hire?

1) Website.

It is very important to carefully analyze the agency’s website and get all the information about it. It is good to take the time and carefully read each of the articles, publications, and history of the agency.

Observe if they have experience, who is responsible, where exactly is located, if they serve heterosexual couples only, if they have databases of pregnant women, and all the necessary information (see below).

An untidy website, with spelling errors, with links that do not work, etc. may be a sign of carelessness.

2) Skype interview.

It is a must, contact the agencies and request a Skype interview or similar, to be able to answer questions and queries, and learn more about the company we are analyzing.

In this step, we can ask everything we want to know and verify if they have translators, what the payments are like, what guarantees they offer, what happens if medical treatment fails, etc.

3) Recommendations.

If we receive recommendations from someone who has already done the surrogacy process in one or another agency, or who knows them and knows they are good in their work, it will be very good, since we can confirm the seriousness of it and that will give us more peace of mind.

4) Making the decision.

After having obtained all the information we need about the different agencies, we will be able to decide which is the most appropriate for us.

Important information to ask

Whether researching the website, in the Skype interview, through references or via email, we recommend consulting the following information and asking the following questions:

-Experience in surrogacy.

What experience do they possess in surrogating? How many years have you been engaged in it? How many cases work per year?

-Responsible for the agency.

Who is the responsible or owner of the agency? Why is he dedicated to surrogating? Do you have training on the subject?

-Travel and stay.

Do the budgeted costs include the tickets or the stay? Are they responsible for making our stay or hotel or should we reserve it? How many times should we travel there, and how long should we stay on each trip?

-Different programs and guarantees.

Do they have different surrogating programs? What does each one include? What is the difference between them?

-Cost, values, and forms of payment.

What values should we pay to the agency? What is the total cost of the entire process? Is it a closed value or can it have modifications? What are the differences in money that may exist? Do the costs include medical fees and expenses? Do the costs include legal fees and expenses? Do the costs include compensation payments to the pregnant woman? What forms of payment do they have? Should everything be paid at the beginning or paid as the process progresses?

-Election of the medical center.

Does the medical center choose the agency, or do we choose it? Do they have their own medical equipment?

– Selection of the law firm.

Does the law firm choose the agency, or do we choose it? Do they have their own lawyers?

-Election of the pregnant woman (and donor of ovules)

How do we choose the pregnant woman? Do you provide us with a database? Can we communicate with them before choosing it? Can we communicate with them during pregnancy? What procedure do they do if the pregnant woman does not become pregnant? How are the studies performed on the pregnant woman to determine if she is suitable for the process?

-Laws of the country and documentation.

What do the laws in that country say about surrogating? What procedure should be carried out before the birth? What procedure should be carried out after birth? Will the baby’s documents go to our name or the pregnant woman’s name? Will the baby have the nationality of his country? Should we carry out an adoption process towards the baby?

Yes, you are trying to get some genuine help to form or grow a family. Therefore, you must make sure you are working with a reputable agency or an in vitro fertilization clinic that supports and will help you protect your family and your future baby.

Well, after all these questions you will ask the agency, depending on the answers, you will have a lot of useful information to determine which is the most appropriate agency for you and your family.  However, remember there are no correct answers, only answers that make you feel supported and strengthened.

Author: Edel Pons, General Director of Pons Medical Group

Euploidy and aneuploidy

Euploidy and aneuploidy


It is very important to receive good quality embryos during the artificial reproductive technologies, as it is the key to a successful treatment. But what does actually “good quality” mean? Is this about the microscopical evaluation of embryos by an embryologist? Let’s go to the fundamentals of this question.


During the fertilization process, two cells from both of parents will fuse, a spermatozoon of a father and an oocyte from a mother. Each of this cells stores a half of the usual number of chromosomes, and chromosomes are the carriers of the genetic material in all cells of the human body. But when the fertilization occurs, their genomes, each from 23 chromosomes (22 autosomes and one sex chromosome), will form the genome of a future embryo.


In normal conditions, under this process the embryo will be formed with 46 chromosomes: 44 autosomes, which are equal in both genders, and two sex chromosomes: XX for girls XY for boys. This state is called “euploidy” and it means the normal amount of chromosomes.


Sometimes, according to the individual situations in parents, their gametes can contain the wrong amount of chromosomes. The cause can be both age-related and associated with medical conditions such as inherited problems, harmful environment (ionizing radiation, some medications).


This will result in the formation of the embryo which will have the wrong number of chromosomes (less than 46 or more than 46). This called “aneuploidy” and it may lead to health problems in a child. Also, such embryos can be morphologically normal, so, during the microscopy, the embryologist will not see any abnormalities. The genetic status of embryos will not necessarily lead to some changes of their appearance.


How to estimate the genetic status of embryos?

If a doctor will decide that the parents are in the risk group, they will be proposed with the preimplantation genetic testing. It means that their embryos will be biopsied, a little part of them (5-10 cells) will be taken to the genetic laboratory and, after the investigation, the doctor will receive: which embryos are aneuploid and which are public, so could be recommended for a transfer. For the best chances for pregnancy, the most qualitative morphologically and, at the same time, the euploid embryo will be picked for a transfer.


Will the aneuploidy definitely lead to diseases in a child?

Well, with it these problems are not guaranteed. According to the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society recommendations, there is a ‘priority’ list of transferring aneuploid embryos in case if there are no euploid options. This priority starts from specific aneuploidies which will less probably lead to the health problems, however, more detailed pregnancy investigation will be required to estimate all health risks with ultrasounds and biochemical screenings. Nonetheless, it will be estimated by your doctor and Pons Medical Research will find you appropriate specialists for consultation in case of such a need.

How to select your surrogacy agency

How to select your surrogacy agency

There is no need to spend years of heartaches and many sufferings longing for a family. This is because with the help of a surrogacy agency you can create your own family. Surrogacy is never every woman’s dream of starting their own family, but to other due unavoidable circumstances or personal decisions, it remains to be the only choice or one that will serve their purpose. These agencies will help each individual get a professional education, support, and advice who are about to experience surrogacy.

Some of the services that you can expect include providing parents who want a child with one, gestational carriers and egg donors. Each of these people deserves care and respect that will see them go through with the journey and have a great experience with it. It is possible to find professional agencies that will offer you a personal touch in their services, plus quality cares a support from the start of the process to the end.

To achieve the family that you want is often a personal and somewhat unique journey. With the surrogacy agency, you need to get all the information and support as you make your decision. A good agency is one that acts as a source of knowledge to anyone in need of their services. Furthermore, they should provide the confidence and care that each decision requires.

Not everyone can qualify for surrogacy

Not everyone can qualify for surrogacy. That is why in each of these agencies you will be accessed and provided with the right education and information.

It is wise to choose that agency that knows how to match a couple with the right surrogate mother. In addition, they need to ensure that every individual involved shares in the same goal and expectations. Surrogacy is a legal issue, which is why the right paper has to be processed for all the parties involved get no problems in the future. 

Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child to another couple. When you find yourself thinking about surrogacy, it is crucial that you are aware that it can be an emotionally-charged experience.

How to choose a surrogacy agency

  • Screening Process

Good surrogacy agencies carry out screening to learn about the personal and medical backgrounds of both parties. Medical screening involves ascertaining the presence of sexually transmitted diseases that can be transferred from the surrogate to the child and other health issues that can reduce the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. Screening entails both medical as well as psychological screening. They also conduct criminal history and financial background investigations.

  • History and Reputation

Many surrogacy agencies come and go, so it is important that you find one that is reputable. You do not want to trust just anyone for a process like this one. Ensure that your agency has been around for a significant amount of time and is capable of offering successful surrogacy arrangements.

  • Legal knowledge

They are kept abreast with surrogacy laws and medical standards, a great deal of which change from time to time and differ from one state to another. Legal counsel from a resident or referred lawyer is also readily available when you make surrogacy arrangements through a good agency.

  • Provides Support

Surrogacy is associated with a number of medical, financial, emotional and legal concerns. At a good surrogacy agency, you are sure that you are going to have a team of professionals that will guide and support you at every stage of the surrogacy agreement.  

  • Total Cost and Fees

Request them for a full estimate of the total cost associated with the surrogacy process. It is important to compare them with other agencies. In addition, compare the level of service they offer within a particular price range.

How surrogacy works

Most couples use an agency to manage a surrogacy. These institutions basically serve as go-betweens, assisting intended parents to look for a suitable surrogate, make required arrangements, and collect fees, particularly compensation for medical expenses, for the surrogate. These agencies also conduct screening on possible surrogates.

Questions to ask your surrogacy agency

If you decide to choose surrogacy as a path to having a baby it is important the relationship between both parties be protected. This is accomplished by selecting an agency that is not strictly a matching service. 

It is critical to ask these following questions to the surrogacy agency:

    • How long the agency has been in surrogacy business
    • Their screening process for surrogacy
    • The cost of the services
    • The fertility specialists and clinics they team up with
    • If they have any legal advisors

Surrogacy provides a viable solution for couples who wish to have a child of their own. You may be wondering where to find a good surrogacy agency. Pons Medical is a leading surrogacy agency in Georgia.

Folic acid for pregnant women

 Folic acid for pregnant women

Folic acid helps prevent defects of neural tube, which affect the brain (anencephaly) and spinal cord (spina bifida), also it affect the baby’s heart. Neutral tube defects can develop at the first 28 days after conception. Most of the time, the woman doesn’t even know that she is pregnant. More than half of all pregnancies in the world are unplanned, the World Health Organization recommends to take 400 mcg (0,4 mg) of folic acid daily, starting before conception (if you are planning the pregnancy – 1 month before is better) and until the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If the woman has already a child with neural tube defects, she should ask her doctor for a larger dose. Taking folic acid may even lower your risk of preeclampsia. Also, our body needs this nutrient to make normal red blood cells and prevent types of anemia.

Where to get folic acid from?

The best way is to get the Folic Acid from the supplement with the right amount. Also, you can find it in green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, citrus fruits and other.  But! Your organism absorbs the synthetic version of folic acid better than the natural one from food. So even if you eat a balanced diet, a supplement is very important and recommended in 100% cases.

Iron components

Iron helps blood in both the mother and the baby to carry oxygen. It is the important component of hemoglobin (a protein that helps to transfer the oxygen to tissues), myoglobin (a protein that helps supply oxygen to your muscles), collagen (a protein of bones, cartilages and other connective tissue) and many other proteins. Also, it helps maintain a healthy immune system. If there is a deficit of this nutrient the iron-deficiency anemia can take place. Preventing iron-deficiency anemia can cut your risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

Why do you need more iron during a pregnancy?

The amount of blood in your body increases by 20-50%. You need extra iron for more hemoglobin. Your baby needs extra iron for growth, especially in the second and third trimesters. Also, many women start their pregnancy with insufficient stores of iron in their body.The pregnant woman needs 27 mg of iron daily. Red meat, poultry, seafood, liver, grains, legumes – add good content of animal iron and plant iron in our food.

How do you can get as much iron as possible from your diet?

Always cook in a cast iron pan. Include a source of Vitamin C (orange juice, strawberries, broccoli, onion, lemon) with every meal, especially with plant iron it will increase absorbing of Iron to 6 times more. Try not to eat iron contain products with coffee and tea, soy foods and dairy products (this food contains iron inhibitors, that can decrease the absorption of iron). Also, try to eat the iron contained products on empty stomach for increased absorption. Make a space during the day between eating food with iron and with calcium.

Should you take an iron supplement?

It depends on your diet (how much iron consist food you have), season (you get less iron at cold seasons) and your medical test of blood (can show if you have the iron deficit anemia). Also, it is always good to take Multivitamin Complex with daily need amount of iron. If your analysis of food and diet is not good (you may have the low amount of hemoglobin or erythrocytes, etc), in such situations your doctor can give you extra iron.

What side effects you are prone to?

You may have constipation; it is a common problem of many pregnant women, drinking prune juice or taking other natural laxatives can help you deal with this problem. But if you have over constipation or diarrhea, nausea or other stomach problems, please consult your doctor, he will help you. And don’t worry if your stools look darker, this is because you are taking iron in your food this is a harmless side effect.

In conclusion

Pons Medical Research is a leading provider of surrogacy programs in Ukraine with expertise in ICSI fertility treatment through ICSI IVF / PICSI and using ICSI Procedure, suggests for a good prenatal dietary and nutrition plan for its clients.

You should start to take prenatal vitamins before you begin trying to get pregnant, if possible. Folic acid is one of the main prenatal vitamins for your baby. Iron will help you to have a good health during the pregnancy. Don’t forget to take your vitamins daily and have a healthy good and balanced diet. Pons Medical Research wishes you a healthy pregnancy, full of great emotions and good useful vitamins!

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