Intended Parents FAQs

At Extraordinary Conceptions, we approach all aspects of fertility with sensitivity, respect, and dignity. We are committed to the success of our intended parents and are here to support you through this exciting journey.

30 Things to Ask When Using a Surrogacy Agency for Intended Parents

  1. What are the key benefits of utilizing a surrogacy agency for intended parents?

Surrogacy agencies offer expertise, guidance, and support throughout the surrogacy journey. They handle complex legal, medical, and logistical aspects, ensuring a smoother process for intended parents.

  1. What legal and ethical considerations are associated with surrogacy agencies and intended parents?

Surrogacy agencies navigate legal complexities, ensuring contracts protect all parties’ rights. Ethical considerations involve consent, compensation, and ensuring the surrogate’s well-being.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies match intended parents with suitable surrogate mothers?

Agencies assess intended parents’ preferences and surrogate profiles to find suitable matches, considering factors such as medical history, values, and expectations.

  1. What role does a surrogacy agency play in facilitating communication between intended parents and surrogates?

Agencies mediate discussions, establish communication guidelines, and provide a platform for open dialogue between intended parents and surrogates.

  1. How do costs compare between independent surrogacy and using a surrogacy agency?

While agency-assisted surrogacy involves fees, it often streamlines the process, potentially leading to cost savings through efficient management.

  1. Can intended parents have a say in the selection process of the surrogate through a surrogacy agency?

Yes, intended parents typically provide input in surrogate selection, reviewing profiles and participating in the decision-making process.

  1. Why is psychological screening important for both intended parents and surrogates in the surrogacy agency process?

Psychological screenings ensure emotional readiness, compatibility, and mental well-being for all parties involved, contributing to a successful journey.

  1. What medical and health-related assessments are typically conducted by surrogacy agencies?

If needed, surrogacy agencies can help arrange thorough medical evaluations of both intended parents and surrogates to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.

  1. What potential challenges might intended parents face when working with a surrogacy agency?

Challenges could include emotional attachments, legal intricacies, or managing expectations. Agencies offer guidance to navigate these challenges.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies handle situations where intended parents and surrogates have differing expectations?

Agencies mediate discussions, promote understanding, and encourage compromise to align expectations and foster a positive relationship.

  1. What role do surrogacy agencies play in managing legal contracts and agreements between parties?

Agencies make sure that comprehensive legal contracts are completed which outline rights, responsibilities, compensation, and the legal process of establishing parental rights.

  1. What international considerations apply to intended parents working with a surrogacy agency in a different country?

Cross-border surrogacy involves navigating varying laws, cultural norms, and logistical challenges. Agencies provide expertise in managing international surrogacy.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies ensure privacy and confidentiality for all parties involved?

Agencies prioritize privacy, implementing protocols to protect sensitive information and facilitating secure communication.

  1. What emotional support services do surrogacy agencies provide to intended parents throughout the journey?

Agencies offer reputable resources to help intended parents cope with the emotional aspects of the surrogacy process.

  1. Can intended parents pursue a specific type of surrogacy arrangement through a surrogacy agency?

Most agencies only offer gestational surrogacy arrangements, as the laws can be unclear  when conducting traditional surrogacy agreements.

  1. What is  the typical timeline that intended parents can expect when working with a surrogacy agency?

The timeline for a surrogacy journey can vary based on individual circumstances, but it generally takes around 12 to 24 months from the initial consultation to the birth of the child. Factors such as surrogate matching, legal processes, medical procedures, and personal preferences influence the timeline.

  1. What are some common misconceptions about surrogacy agencies and how do they differ from reality?

Common misconceptions include thinking agencies solely match surrogates and egg donors with intended parents, while in reality, agencies provide comprehensive support, legal guidance, emotional counseling, insurance and travel specialists and more. Agencies ensure transparent communication and the well-being of all parties throughout the journey.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies ensure that the surrogate mother’s rights and well-being are protected?

Surrogate well-being and rights are paramount. Agencies conduct thorough screenings, provide counseling, and establish comprehensive legal contracts that safeguard surrogates’ rights, ensuring a positive and ethical journey.

  1. Explore the differences in legal regulations and agency practices for surrogacy in various countries.

Legal regulations and agency practices differ globally. Agencies like Extraordinary Conceptions provide expertise on international surrogacy, helping intended parents navigate varying laws and cultural nuances across different countries.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies address the potential emotional bonding that can occur between intended parents and surrogates?

Emotional bonds can form between intended parents and surrogates due to the shared journey. Agencies offer emotional support services to help navigate these connections, fostering understanding and boundaries. During initial consultations with surrogates and intended parents, questions about what type of relationships they desire are noted in order to match them to parties with similar expectations.

  1. What factors should intended parents consider when selecting a surrogacy agency to work with?

Intended parents should consider agency experience, success rates, legal expertise, support services, ethical practices, and compatibility of values when selecting a surrogacy agency.

  1. What are the roles a case manager or coordinator provides in guiding intended parents and surrogates.

Case managers or coordinators serve as personal guides, assisting both intended parents and surrogates throughout the journey. They offer information, coordinate appointments, mediate communication, and provide emotional support.

  1. What is the importance of open communication and transparency within the relationship between intended parents, surrogates, and the agency?

Open communication and transparency build trust among all parties involved. Agencies promote honest dialogue, ensuring everyone is informed and comfortable throughout the journey.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies handle situations where medical complications arise during pregnancy?

Reputable agencies work closely with medical professionals to manage any medical complications. The health and safety of the surrogate and the baby are the top priorities, and agencies ensure all necessary measures are taken. Extraordinary Conceptions works with the top IVF clinics and IVF physicians.

  1. What options are available to intended parents if the surrogacy process is unsuccessful, and how do agencies assist in such cases?

If the surrogacy process is unsuccessful, reputable agencies provide emotional support and often offer options like rematching with a new surrogate or refund policies, depending on their terms. It is important to ask this question when researching surrogacy agencies.

  1. What are the differences in the level of involvement that intended parents can have in the pregnancy journey through a surrogacy agency?

Intended parents can choose their level of involvement, from attending medical appointments to maintaining regular communication with the surrogate. Surrogacy agencies accommodate individual preferences and help facilitate the desired level of participation, by thoroughly interviewing each applicant’s preferences and matching with like-minded parties.

  1. What are some potential cultural or religious considerations that intended parents and surrogates should navigate with the help of a surrogacy agency?

Cultural and religious values can impact the surrogacy journey. Agencies provide guidance on navigating these considerations sensitively, ensuring everyone’s beliefs are respected and accommodated.

  1. How do surrogacy agencies ensure that the financial aspects of the arrangement are handled transparently and ethically?

Agencies ensure transparency by providing detailed breakdowns of costs and financial arrangements. Ethical handling of finances is a core principle, and agencies work to make sure both surrogates and intended parents are protected by using legal trust services to collect and disperse funds.

  1. What  post-birth services should intended parents expect to be provided by surrogacy agencies, including legal steps for establishing parental rights.

After birth, agencies continue to support intended parents by assisting with legal processes to establish parental rights. Extra services such as medical bill management can be of great use for up to 2 years after the birth of your baby. They also offer emotional support and resources to help new families thrive.

  1. Why choose Extraordinary Conceptions International Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agency for your path to parenthood?

Extraordinary Conceptions has been helping build families through surrogacy and egg donation since 2005. Our experienced staff provides expert guidance, legal support, emotional counseling, surrogate and egg donor matching, and comprehensive coordination of the journey, ensuring a smoother, more informed, and positive experience for intended parents. We offer comprehensive programs to fit most budgets and timelines. With Extraordinary Conceptions, you have many choices and options. Our team is composed of people with actual experience with fertility; intended parents, experienced surrogates, repeat egg donors, ivf nurses and insurance specialists. Not only have we been in your shoes, we also speak 12 different languages and have team members located all across the USA, Mexico, Canada, the UK and Europe. Let us help you get started today.

Read About Becoming an Intended Parent!

Take a look at what some of our own surrogates have said about their experience with Extraordinary Conceptions:

“Extraordinary Conceptions really made the process of surrogacy a wonderful one. Always making me feel comfortable and being there to answer every single question. Thank you for introducing me to my intended parents and letting me help make their dreams come true.”

“Any “difficult” parts of the pregnancy were immediately erased the moment I saw the look on my Intended Parents’ faces. It was pure joy for all of us!”

“I just wanted to thank you guys for working so hard with us to make this happen! I feel so grateful being able to help such an awesome couple.”
“Seeing the parents hold their baby for the first time was the best part of my journey and I knew immediately that I wanted to do this again”

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