WHAT WILL MY JOURNEY LOOK LIKE?
Finding your match
The first step is to complete our online application. A member of our team will contact you to set up an interview and go over your qualifications. We will go over the process and expectations and answer any questions you may have. If you are ready to proceed, we will assist you in creating a profile that will be presented to couples who are looking for their perfect match. We will also work with you to obtain copies of your medical records and your insurance policy. Once selected, you will be able to view a profile of the Intended Parents to see if you think they might be a good fit for you as well! Once a potential match has been identified, we will set up time for you to speak and/or meet in person after we have completed a background check on all parties.
We put a lot of effort in finding the right match the first time. There are many different factors that go into the matching process and we hope to connect you with a family that has the same expectations for the surrogacy.
Once a match is confirmed, we prepare the groundwork of your cycle by signing agency service agreements, contacting legal representation in regards to drafting an agreement between you and the intended parents (an attorney will be provided for you), and establish an escrow account which will hold all anticipated funds for your journey.
Once matched, we will initiate all medical and psychological testing required by the Intended Parents IVF Clinic. This consists of traveling to the intended parents clinic and undergoing the following screening:
- Physical and Pap Smear
- Infection Disease Testing
- Hysteroscopy: a procedure that will allow the doctor to look inside your uterus and examine the cervix using a thin, lighted tube.
- Psychological Evaluation & MMPI2
- Mock Cycle: You begin taking the same medications that would lead up to a normal transfer. This gives the doctor a understanding as to how you respond to the medication and they can make changes as needed.
The attorney representing the Intended Parents will draft a legal agreement that will clearly lay out all the fine details of your surrogacy arrangement. We will provide you with an attorney to go over the contract with you and will assist with negotiating any changes. Once signed, all funds needed for your cycle will then be transferred to the escrow account and you will begin receiving payments per your legal agreement.
Once we have medical & legal clearance to move forward, the clinic will design a calendar which will detail what medications to take/ when to take them. You will take medications for approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the embryo transfer and then typically through the first trimester to maintain healthy hormone levels for the babies development.
You will take a pregnancy test ten days following the transfer. If positive, you will likely have few additional blood tests over the next few weeks to confirm that the hormone levels are rising appropriately. There will typically be an ultrasound about a month following transfer to confirm pregnancy.
During your first trimester, your pregnancy will be monitored by the Fertility Clinic. Once you near the end of the first trimester, your care will transfer to your own physician and your pregnancy care will continue just the same as your previous pregnancies.
Throughout the Pregnancy
Your compensation typically is initiated once the pregnancy is confirmed and will continue throughout your pregnancy. Our team will administer those payments per your legal agreement with the parents (typically monthly installments) along with any appropriate expense reimbursement.
Throughout the pregnancy, you and the intended parents can enjoy as much communication as you wish. Often parents try to join the surrogate for medical appointments, or may just enjoy communicating with you to see how everything is going. As you near the end of the pregnancy, arrangements will be made for the parents to join you at the hospital for the arrival of their baby! It is an amazing gift- one that will change your lives!