What is Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational Surrogacy is a process where a woman carries a pregnancy for a person or couple that cannot carry a full-term pregnancy. The process has medical, legal, and financial components - in addition to bringing the right people together for the surrogacy relationship. Surrogacy Choices is committed to guiding its clients through this process with competence and compassion.
A surrogacy begins with a relationship between the people who want to begin or grow their family using surrogacy (the Intended Parents), and the woman who wishes to carry the pregnancy for them (the Surrogate). The relationship will be covered by a Gestational Surrogacy Agreement. A surrogacy pregnancy is accomplished through In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (“IVF/ET”), a process where eggs are retrieved from the Intended Mother (or donor) and fertilized with the sperm of the Intended Father (or donor). The resulting embryos are transferred into the womb of the Surrogate. She will carry the pregnancy for the full-term, and upon birth the Intended Parents assume parental rights.
We are continually looking for Surrogates and Intended Parents regardless of your traits or characteristics. Please contact us today for more information on how Surrogacy Choices can help you.
The Process for Intended Parents
STEP 1: APPLICATION
The surrogacy process begins by submitting an application to be Intended Parents with Surrogacy Choices. This application is our first chance to learn about you, why you are interested in surrogacy, and how we may best meet your needs. Our staff will review your application and assist you with any questions you have along the way.
STEP 2: AGENCY AGREEMENT
We will sign an agreement with you that describes the surrogacy practice as well as our roles and responsibilities. This agreement is our written promise to you that we will work with the utmost care and attention.
STEP 3: BACKGROUND CHECK
To make sure that the surrogacy process goes smoothly for everyone, and to meet our ethical and legal requirements, we complete a background check on all of our clients. This process includes investigating your criminal history and child abuse history. Additional steps may be required depending on the state where you live.
STEP 4: MEDICAL SCREENING
Intended Parents who will be donating genetic material for the surrogacy must go through a medical evaluation. The screening encompasses a review of detailed medical history, a physical exam, and comprehensive testing and screening handled by an IVF clinic by guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
STEP 5: MATCHING WITH A SURROGATE
We will work to connect you with the Surrogate who will be the best fit for your surrogacy plan. All of our Surrogates receive thorough background checks, screenings, and evaluations. At this stage you will enter into an agreement with the surrogate you select which will detail the relationship you have with your Surrogate. We work to foster a positive and supportive relationship between the Gestational Surrogate and the Intended Parents to ensure that everyone remains happy and supported during and after the surrogacy process.
STEP 6: THE SURROGACY CYCLE
We will coordinate with the clinics and healthcare professionals who will be responsible for the creation and transfer of your embryos. This stage is tailored to your specific needs by the medical experts who will be creating and transferring your embryos.
STEP 8: A SURROGATE PREGNANCY
At this stage, the Surrogate goes through a normal pregnancy and prenatal care, and Surrogacy Choices remains actively involved. We coordinate the escrow services during the pregnancy and work with the Surrogate’s Ob/Gyn for all pregnancy monitoring, as well as providing ongoing support for our clients as they prepare for birth.
STEP 9: YOUR BABY'S BIRTH DAY
As the time for birth approaches, Surrogacy Choices works with the hospital to ensure that everyone is aware of the surrogacy plan and preferences for the hospital stay. Although this day is an end to the surrogacy process, it is not an end to the surrogacy relationship, and Surrogacy Choices will always do whatever we can to be of service to our wonderful clients and their growing families.