WHAT IS INVOLVED IN SURROGACY PROCESS
INTERVIEW AND SCREENING
After an application has been submitted to us, we will call suitable candidates to come in for an in-person interview with our staff. This is a time where the surrogate mother can interview us, and we can also meet the surrogate mother. Surrogate mothers are encouraged to bring their spouse and children if they like for this meeting. At the meeting, we will go over the process of surrogacy, answer any questions, introduce the surrogate mother to the team, go over the program in detail, provide a surrogate packet, and process initial paperwork.
CRIMINAL AND BACKGROUND CHECK
Surrogate mothers must pass a criminal and background check by an independent company. The company checks for arrest records from both state and federal system, amongst other items standard for surrogacy programs in the state of California.
After a potential surrogate mother has passed the interviewing and screening process and accepted into our program, we will begin the matching process. After a candidate has been selected by an intended parents, we will set up a Meet-and-greet meeting, where our staff will facilitate a casual meeting for the surrogate mother and the intended parents. If both parties feel good about the match, we will begin to coordinate the following steps.
Once a match is confirmed, we will send the surrogate mother to the intended parent's fertility clinic to begin her medical screening. Medical screening involves infectious disease screening and any additional testing the fertility clinic recommends.
When the medical clearance has been obtained, the surrogate mother will be sent to a psychologist experienced in surrogacy for psychological consultation and testing. The psychologist will make his/her recommendation on whether he/she thinks the candidate is suitable to be a surrogate mother.
The intended parents will have an attorney experienced in third party reproduction draft a surrogacy contract. The surrogate mother will be provided with an independent attorney who will review the contract with the surrogate mother. The contract is to spell out the details of any agreement, and to protect both parties involved in the process.
The fertility clinic's medical staff and physician will go over the medical process involved with the surrogate mother. It usually involves a type of hormone replacement therapy to prepare the uterine lining for the embryo made of intended parents' genetic material.
The embryo transfer is an outpatient procedure in the fertility clinic. It usually takes about 15 minutes and no pain is involved. Surrogate mothers have expressed that it is similar to a pap smear. After the embryo transfer, the surrogate mother needs to have bedrest for 2-3 days.
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