An Omega Surrogacy Adviser introduces intended parents and surrogates at a match meeting.  IPs have reviewed the surrogate’s profile and look forward to establishing a connection with her.  During the meeting they will discuss many personal and general topics. A medical term that should come up is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD.

IVF clinics perform PGD testing on the embryo before it is implanted in the surrogate’s womb. This procedure looks for genetic and chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. PGD testing allows couples to significantly reduce the risk of their baby inheriting a serious genetic condition. Omega Family Global will ask the IPs if they are willing to perform the process. Surrogates discuss this topic at their psychological evaluation to ensure that they understand the possible consequences of the test results.

Surrogates have a choice about going forward with IPs who request this testing. The IVF clinic will inform IPs and surrogates of the risks before performing PGD.  The results are up to 99% accurate in identifying genetic defects, and this helps reduce the future possibility of terminating the pregnancy. Regardless, the test results do not eliminate the risk of conceiving a child with a genetic disorder.