What’s Involved?

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 can interview us and we meet the surrogate for a primary evaluation. Surrogates are encouraged to bring their spouse and children if they would like during this meeting. At the meeting, we will go over the process of surrogacy, answer any questions, introduce the surrogate to the team, go over the program in detail, provide a surrogate packet and process initial paperwork.

CRIMINAL AND BACKGROUND CHECK

Surrogates must pass a criminal and background check by an independent company. The company checks for arrest records from both state and federal systems in addition to other requirements that are standard for surrogacy programs in the state of California.

MATCHING

After a potential surrogate has passed the interviewing/screening process and is accepted into our program, we will begin the matching process. When a candidate has been selected by the intended parents, we will set up a meet-and-greet meeting where our staff will facilitate a casual meeting for the surrogate and the intended parents. If both parties feel good about the match, we will begin the process of coordinating the next steps.

MEDICAL SCREENING

When a match has been confirmed, we will send the surrogate 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.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCREENING

After the medical clearance has been obtained, the surrogate 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.

CONTRACT REVIEW

The intended parents will have an attorney experienced in third party reproduction draft a surrogacy contract. The surrogate will be provided with an independent attorney who will review the contract with the surrogate and address any legal concerns or questions she may have. The contract is used to specify the details of the agreement and to protect all parties involved in the process.

MEDICAL PROCESS

The fertility clinic’s medical staff and physician will go over the medical process involved with the surrogate. It usually involves a type of hormone replacement therapy to prepare the uterine lining for the embryo created with the genetic material of the intended parents.

EMBRYO TRANSFER

The embryo transfer is an outpatient procedure in the fertility clinic. It usually takes about 15 minutes and involves little or no pain. Surrogates have expressed that it is similar to a pap smear. After the embryo transfer, the surrogate is required to be on bed rest for 2-3 days.

PREGNANCY

During the pregnancy process, our coordinator will be very involved with your medical visits. The coordinator will either be present with you at each doctor visit or she will receive a detailed update from you after each visit. The update is then communicated to the intended parents. Your coordinator is always here to help you during your pregnancy. Please call or text your coordinator with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to help you resolve them.

DELIVERY

The day we all look forward to. At the delivery, the intended parents are usually present with your case coordinators. Your case coordinators will help with handling any discharge and birth certificate paperwork, as well as handling the bills and submitting them for payment after birth. If you had agreed to supply breast milk, your case coordinator will arrange for the delivery and payment of the arrangement.