Coronavirus: Where do you stand with surrogacy?

With the coronavirus dominating headlines and conversations, the world seems like a very uncertain place right now

But if you’re currently undergoing a surrogacy procedure, then it can feel even more uncertain. With social distancing and self-isolating in full effect, how do you manage interactions with your surrogate or clinic?

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) that oversees surrogacy and other fertility treatments has issued a statement (as of 14th March 2020) stating that all clinical procedures are facing delays and postponements.

ESHRE have said, “As a precautionary measure — and in line with the position of other scientific societies in reproductive medicine — we advise that all fertility patients considering or planning treatment, even if they do not meet the diagnostic criteria for Covid-19 infection, should avoid becoming pregnant at this time. For those patients already having treatment, we suggest considering deferred pregnancy with oocyte or embryo freezing for later embryo transfer”.

Under UK law, the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Authority (HFEA) says that each individual clinic must make decisions that are in the patient’s best interest and still adhere to their standard regulations.

So it’s important that you keep in touch with your clinic by telephone or video call to see what the latest advice is.

In America, as of 17th March 2020, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued a new set of guidelines in light of the coronavirus:

  • Suspend initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUIs), in vitro fertilization (IVF) including retrievals and frozen embryo transfers, as well as nonurgent gamete cryopreservation.
  • Strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers whether fresh or frozen.
  • Continue to care for patients who are currently “in-cycle” or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation.
  • Suspend elective surgeries and non urgent diagnostic procedures.
  • Minimise in-person interactions and increase utilisation of telehealth.

We can’t stress enough that each clinic and each individual, wherever they are in a surrogacy cycle or pregnancy, must contact their clinic for the best advice

Pregnant women must also speak to their midwives or healthcare providers about their individual birth plans. For imminent births, there may be restrictions on who can be in attendance at the birth.

 

With the situation changing daily, we wish you all the best from the bottom of our hearts, wherever you are in your parenting journey. We’re here for you to support you in every way we can along with some incredible charities around the world such as Resolve in the US and Fertility Network in the UK.

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