HOW TO BECOME A SURROGATE

Surrogate Process

The surrogacy process takes an average of 14-18 months from the moment you apply to the time of delivery. Surrogacy is a rewarding and fulfilling experience,  you will have a dedicated specialist with you every step of the way. Here is a breakdown of what to expect. Please keep in mind that every surrogacy is unique, so the timing and process may vary.

Phase 1 Initial Screening

Application

You will begin by completing our surrogate application. Apply Now.

Medical & Psychological Evaluation

If you meet the basic requirements, we will verify further whether the surrogacy will be safe for you and the child you will carry, your medical records will be requested and reviewed. Simultaneously, you will complete a Psychological Evaluation and in-depth interview to determine if you are mentally and emotionally prepared for the surrogacy journey.

Background Check

We will complete a background check on you and your partner, as well as a home visit to ensure that the environment where you live is conducive for a healthy pregnancy.

Phase 2 Matching with Intended Parents

Official Match

We have a unique, highly customized matching process, so we will hand pick an intended parents’ profile for you. Your profile will also be sent to the parents for their review. If everyone accepts the match, you will have a meeting with the intended parents in a video match meeting. Once you and your intended parents agree to help one another, we have an “official match”.

Medical Screening

At this time, you and your husband and/or partner as well as the intended parents will have to submit to medical lab tests to detect communicable diseases that may be passed on to you and/or the baby. A urine drug screen is also performed. If all results from both parties are good, the Fertility Specialist will issue a medical clearance. 

Surrogacy Agreement

After you are medically cleared, you will complete a legal contract between you and the intended parents to establish the terms of the surrogacy. We will provide you a Surrogate Attorney who will then explain everything in detail, advise you on your rights, and make sure your interests are addressed and protected. Your attorney fees will be paid for by the intended parents.

Phase 3 Starting Your Cycle

Monitoring Appointments & Embryo Transfer

Once all contracts are signed, you will receive an estimated transfer schedule from the IVF clinic, which will include instructions for taking IVF medications, dates for local monitoring appointments, and an approximate date for the transfer. Monitoring appointments consist of bloodwork and ultrasounds to ensure your body is responding properly to the fertility medication. These monitoring appointments will be at a clinic near where you live (not at your intended parents’ IVF clinic). You will travel to your intended parents’ IVF clinic for the embryo transfer.

Phase 4 Pregnancy and Birth

Pregnancy

After the embryo transfer, you’ll go back to your local monitoring clinic for beta tests (blood tests). The first test is usually 10 days after the embryo transfer. Provided you have positive beta tests, you’ll have an ultrasound at the monitoring clinic around 6-7 weeks for a confirmation of heartbeat(s). This is when we consider you officially pregnant! You’ll be released to your OBGYN around week 10 of pregnancy for your routine appointments. It is mandatory that your OBGYN is affiliated with a hospital that has a good maternity department and a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).

Labor & Delivery

During your third trimester, we will complete an interview with the delivery hospital to review the hospital policies, and we will also help you and your intended parents create a birth plan to outline everyone’s wishes for delivery day.

Parental Establishment

The legal team will complete the “parental establishment” legal process. This legal process results in the intended parents being named the legal parents of their children.

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