Becoming a surrogate mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. If you are like our other surrogates, then this is something you have felt called to do. We are inspired by your courage and our process is designed to ensure your health and safety every step of the way.
Our process is rooted in precision, support and compassion. We guide you through every milestone and moment. We have years of experience with surrogates and physicians across the country. Read below for the steps to become a surrogate mother.
Begin by filling out an application. We ask you questions about your lifestyle, pregnancies, medical and work background so we can get to know you. If your gestational carrier application is accepted, we will reach out to schedule a call to learn more about you and your medical history.
At this point, we ask for relevant surrogacy information such as medical records from all previous pregnancies. This can take a while to gather, so you may want to call your OB/GYN and request records be sent to our office.
During the screening process we evaluate your medical records from your previous pregnancies, conduct a background check and a credit check. We also have an in depth consultation to discuss any questions you and your partner may have including your final match preferences. We do all of this pre-screening to make sure your health and safety are protected and you are able to meet the requirements of the fertility clinic of your intended parents.
Once you have passed screening, we use our proprietary matching process, Matching Matters®, to connect you with the family you were meant to help. We match you with a family that shares your values and expectations for the type of relationship you want. Our surrogacy agency has a 97% success rate on a successful match on the first meeting.
At this stage, you meet with the intended parent’s physician and work with their fertility center in preparation for the embryo transfer and surrogacy pregnancy.
The IVF nurse will give you full instructions and details about the surrogate medications needed, the medical protocol and any restrictions and expectations during the surrogate mother process. We do this so your uterus is ready to receive embryos created by the couple, as you are not genetically related to their baby.
This pregnancy may be different ones you have had in the past in that it is conceived via In Vitro Fertilization.
During your pregnancy, you will have doctors’ appointments, receive support from your match manager and check in regularly with your intended parents. From embryo transfer through delivery, we make sure you are secure throughout the whole process.
Delivery is a very special time for all involved. Our team meets with both the surrogate and the intended parents to create a birth plan that will meet everyone’s needs.
Previously, we discussed the pros and cons of surrogacy from an intended parent’s perspective. We explored how surrogacy can create unique friendships and families while explaining the protections and technology that are part of the process. This week, we’ll weigh the costs and benefits from a surrogate’s point of view.
Intended parents often have a lot of questions about the surrogacy process. Some of these take the form of common myths about egg donors, surrogate mothers, and surrogacy agencies. Most people know enough not to accept popular sentiment at face value—but they need somebody to tell them the truth, and to back it up, before they can move forward with such a personal and life-changing process.