The experience of the surrogacy journey differs from person to person, however the process is more or less similar.
The path to parenthood through surrogacy consists of the following steps:
All intended parents begin their journey with a consultation. The purpose is to explain the options and programs that are involved. The surrogacy process entails matching intended parents with a surrogate, as well as the legal procedures, financial and insurance implications. Intended parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire and possibly submit photographs of themselves. This assists the agency in tailoring information to suit the parents’ needs.
Signing of the Contract
To officially join a surrogacy program, intended parents must sign a contract. Following this, they will have to submit a percentage of the fees.
Screening and Selecting an Egg Donor
Egg donors are women with the age group of 21 to 29. These women have participated in intense psychological assessment and have had their medical records reviewed. Once an egg donor is chosen, she will undergo further psychological testing.
Some intended parents may have friends or family members who donate their eggs. In some cases, the intended parents are fertile and able to provide their genetic material but unable to carry a pregnancy to term; in such a case a surrogate’s womb will be required.
Screening and Selection of a Surrogate
Surrogate mothers vary in age from 21 to 41 years. They undergo mental health screening before being paired with intended parents.
In the screening process, an extensive psychological and medical assessment occurs. Financial and criminal background checks are also a part of the process. Once the screening process for a surrogate is complete, a match is generated based on the preferences of the intended parents. The initial match is done via profiles and then by phone or in-person meetings.
Before engaging in in vitro fertilization (IVF), the intended parents, the egg donor and the surrogate mother must complete a medical screening. This is conducted by the doctor facilitating the implantation process.
To ensure legal appropriateness and clarity, the surrogate mother and egg donor are both assigned independent legal representation. Intended parents are represented by their own attorneys who will draft the agreements.
The in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer procedures are managed and completed by the IVF clinic chosen by the surrogacy agency. Every step in this procedure is coordinated by a team or representative from the surrogacy agency.
When pregnancy is achieved, a representative from the agency will act as the primary source of support for the intended parents.
The legal procedures involved in surrogacy vary from state to state. A representative from the surrogacy agency will provide all the necessary details and documents that must be completed in order to establish parental rights.
Before the birth of the child, the surrogacy team will contact the hospital to inform them about the identity of the intended parents and why they’re there. Most intended parents enjoy participating in the birth of their child and are usually present at the hospital.
The path from surrogacy to childbirth to parenthood is filled with many joys. To learn more about this life-changing process, contact Rite Options.