Welcome to The Surrogacy Process – Your Guide to Bringing Home Your Baby
Here is an overview of the basic steps involved in the USA surrogacy process:
The first step in the surrogacy process is to research and learn about surrogacy. This includes understanding the types of surrogacy, the legal and financial aspects of surrogacy, and the potential emotional challenges involved.
Healthy and qualified matching with a surrogate is a critical step in the surrogacy process. Our surrogacy agency will help you select a healthy and qualified surrogate who meets your specific needs and preferences. This involves reviewing surrogate profiles and conducting medical and psychological evaluations.
We have several surrogates available right away. This is different from many agencies that require you to wait up to one year to find a surrogate.
Once the surrogate is selected and the compensation and other issues are agreed to, then the legal contract is finalized. Typically, the Intended Parents use one law firm, and the surrogate is represented by a separate law firm. In many cases, the law firms have worked together before, and the process goes very smoothly.
We assign one of our physician coordinators to work with you through the process. She will be your friend, supporter, and guide. This will ensure that you have all the help you need during your surrogate journey.
The surrogate mother will be medically examined and evaluated before the embryo transfer. This will take place at the IVF Center chosen to perform the procedure.
If needed, the surrogate mother may again be medically examined and evaluated before the embryo transfer. This will take place at the IVF Center chosen to perform the procedure.
Once you are matched with a surrogate, the next step is to begin the pregnancy. This involves working with a fertility clinic to create embryos and transfer them to the surrogate’s uterus. Our surrogacy agency will help you navigate this process and provide guidance and support throughout the nine-month pregnancy journey.
You can choose the IVF center, or we can provide you with referrals to several good ones. The center will then prepare the surrogate for the embryo transfer. Once your embryo is transferred, your medical team will confirm a fetal heartbeat. This is done a second time. After this, we consider the pregnancy “established”.
As your pregnancy continues, your fertility center will determine when the time is right for your surrogate’s Ob/Gyn to take responsibility for your surrogate’s and baby’s medical care.
We will provide support for nine months. Your coordinator will stay in contact with your surrogate throughout the pregnancy.
This is to make sure everything is running smoothly. She will contact you with updates on an ongoing basis. We check-in regularly with your surrogate and continue to provide support all through her pregnancy.
We will work with you and your surrogate to create a Birth Plan during the middle of your pregnancy. This is an exciting milestone to ensure everyone is ready for the delivery of your baby.
We will coordinate with lawyers to review the legal parentage process. This will help ensure your parentage is properly established.
It is a time of joy and happiness!
Consider being at the hospital for the arrival of your newborn. Witness the first moments as your baby enters the world. It will be a joyous experience!
After your baby’s birth, they usually go to the NICU. There, they are examined to ensure they are in good health.
The baby typically gets a birth certificate, social security card number, and passport, as necessary. These documents are in addition to other birth documents. You will go home with a complete file of paperwork.
Once your baby is home, we will pay all open bills. We will also ensure that your escrow account is closed. Any remaining funds will be returned to you.