Confused by all the various surrogacy terms? Here is our cheat sheet to help.
Short Hand Meanings
GS- Gestational Surrogate
TS – Traditional Surrogate
TTC- Trying To Conceive
LMP- Last Menstrual Period
SAHM- Stay At Home Mom
RE- Reproductive Endocrinologist
ED- Egg Donor
IVF- In vitro Fertilization
IUI -Intrauterine Insemination
BMI- Body Mass Index
BC- Birth Control
2WW- Two Week Wait
HPT- Home Pregnancy Test
IP- Intended Parents AKA Recipient Parents
IM- Intended Mother
IF- Intended Father
ET- Embryo Transfer
FET- Frozen Embryo Transfer
AI- Artificial Insemination
POB- Pre-Birth Order AKA Parental Establishment Agreement
MMPI- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Gestational Surrogate- A Surrogate mom who becomes pregnant with donor eggs or eggs of couple she is carrying for. Gestational surrogates ARE NOT the biological mother of the child they are carrying.
Traditional Surrogate- A Surrogate mom who becomes pregnant using her own eggs and the sperm of the person she is carrying for. Traditional Surrogate is also the BIOLOGICAL MOTHER of the child she is carrying.
Egg Donor- A woman who donates her eggs usually for a fee.
Agency- A company which for a fee handles matching surrogates with recipient parents and oversees all aspects of the entire process.
Independent- A surrogacy done without the assistance of a surrogacy agency.
Recipient Parent/Intended Parent- Person the surrogate mother is carrying the child for.
Surrogacy Exclusion- A insurance term where the insurance company WILL NOT cover a surrogate pregnancy.
Transfer- Where the eggs created via IVF are then implanted in the surrogate mom.
Bed Rest- Where you must stay in bed for a length of time.
In Vitro Fertilization- A process where sperm and egg are put together while they are in a laboratory dish.
Pregnancy Complication- A health condition during pregnancy that could put you or the unborn child at risk.
Beta HCG- Blood test done to confirm pregnancy. This number needs to double to confirm pregnancy.
Base Fee- The amount of compensation a surrogate will be paid to carry the pregnancy without extras.
Extras- Items a surrogate will be paid for above and beyond the base fee. Example (maternity clothing, food etc..)
Termination- Ending a pregnancy completely usually for medical or genetic reason.
Reduction- A medical procedure used to reduce a multiple pregnancy with a large number of fetuses usually three or more without entirely terminating the pregnancy. This procedure is usually advised due to the risks to surrogate and baby from carrying a large number of fetuses at one time.
Fertility Medication- Usually Lupron and progesterone oil. Theses meds are usually injected by the surrogate mom into her body and prepare her body for embryo transfer and upcoming pregnancy.
Pre-Birth Order State- A State when surrogate mother resides where a court order can be handed down while the surrogate mother is still pregnant giving legal rights to the recipient parents.
Reproductive Lawyer- A attorney who specializes in issues related to surrogacy and egg donation.
Surrogacy Agreement- A legally binding contract a surrogate enters with the recipients. Where she agrees to carry a child for them to the best of her ability and they agree to compensate her and cover all expenses related to the pregnancy. This agreement should be drafted by a reproductive attorney
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI or MMPI2)- A mandatory test administered by a psychologist which determines if a women is mentally competent and able to handle entering into a surrogacy agreement.