The Surrogacy Process
To help guide you through the surrogacy process, we’ve created this overview to give you insight into the general flow of our surrogacy journeys. Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have. We wish you a safe and happy journey!
If you meet the surrogacy requirements to become a surrogate mother, the FIRST step is to apply on our database and submit your initial application. If you haven’t done so already, you can do so by clicking HERE.
Step 1: Submit Your Surrogacy Application
Once you’ve submitted your initial application, someone from our Surrogacy Admissions team will get in touch with you to “pre-qualify” you, set up a phone interview and answer any questions you may have at that time. Make sure you provide as much details as possible on the application sections. We ask for 6-10 pictures of yourself to be e-mailed to us to put on your profile to show intended parents what you look like.
Step 2: Surrogacy Admissions Interview
When our Admissions team contacts you, they’ll schedule a phone interview with you. (This can also be done via Skype or in our office if you are local). During the 30-60 minute interview, we’ll review your profile (which should have been completed prior to the interview) and the surrogacy process. We also take the time to answer any remaining questions you may have about the process. After the interview, you’ll need to complete the post interview packet and return that to us before we can make you Available to future parents.
Step 3: The Matching Process
Once you’re an Available surrogate on our secure database, future parents can view your profile and inquire about matching with you. You’ll also be assigned to a specific Surrogacy Coordinator who will send your profile to parents that she knows may be interested in working with you. When parents are interested in you, your coordinator will contact you to set up a Skype meeting with the parents. After you have your Skype meeting with your coordinator and the future parents, you will have some time to decide if you want to become a surrogate for those parents and “match” with them.
Step 4: The Screening Process
After you and the parents agree to “match,” you’ll need to complete the psychological evaluation and medical screening. Psychological evaluations are typically done with our Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) either via Skype or in our office. The medical screening will take place at the IVF clinic that the parents have chosen to work with. The screening involves a physical exam, blood work and other tests that the doctor feels are necessary to ensure that you are healthy enough to become a surrogate.
Step 5: The Legal Process
After you’ve received medical clearance, you’ll enter the legal part of the process. The contracts start with the Parents and their attorney and then go to you and your attorney. This typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete until all parties are satisfied. (This is paid for by the future parents.)
Step 6: Medications & Monitoring
After legal contracts are completed, the IVF clinic will give you the calendar and medications necessary for you to prepare for the embryo transfer. Typically medications start about 3 weeks prior to the scheduled transfer. Every IVF doctor/clinic has their own protocol for success. Some of the medications are taken orally, some are intramuscular injections and some are vaginal suppositories. It’s important to follow the medication protocol exactly or you may jeopardize the transfer and/or surrogacy. You may also need to visit the IVF clinic (or local monitoring clinic) for additional blood tests or lining checks to make sure your body is responding appropriately to the medications.
Step 7: The Embryo Transfer
The embryo transfer refers to a step in the process of assisted reproduction in which embryos are placed into the uterus of a female with the intent to establish a pregnancy. The procedure itself is rather quick and painless as the IVF doctor uses a small catheter to insert the embryos into your uterus. You and a companion will go to your embryo transfer. If the IP or IP’s can attend the transfer they will be there as well. If you are not local to the IVF clinic we will arrange travel and hotel accommodations for you and your traveling companion. Every doctor and clinic is different, but most will include 1-5 days of bed rest immediately following the procedure.
Step 8: Post Transfer & Pregnancy
About 10-14 days after your transfer, you will have a beta blood test to measure the levels of hCG in your body and determine if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, then you will have your first ultrasound at around 4-5 weeks (post transfer) to confirm fetal heartbeat. You will continue to be monitored by your IVF clinic (or local monitoring clinic) until you “graduate” to your local OB/GYN for the remainder of your surrogacy pregnancy.
Step 9: The Delivery
Barring any complications or emergencies, you’ll deliver your surrogate baby at the hospital near you. Most IPs prefer to be at the delivery if at all possible. The details of your birth plan will be discussed prior to contracts being completed so everyone will be ready for the delivery.
We’ve had many women who enjoy being surrogates so much, that they’ve had multiple successful journeys. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our surrogacy program or the process involved. We look forward to hearing from you!