Understanding the Gestational & Traditional Surrogacy Process
Dear Potential Carrier,
Thank you for your desire to be a part of this wonderful journey. There are many couples and individuals who see the option of the Surrogacy journey as the best and in many cases, the only option for them in becoming parents and have a genetic link to a child.
As you may very well know, there are two types of Surrogacy:
1. Traditional surrogate or a carrier.
2. Gestational surrogate or a carrier.
A traditional surrogate is a Surrogate who has donated her eggs and therefore has a biological link to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. In this case, the Surrogate is artificially inseminated with the Intended father’s sperm.
In Gestational Surrogacy, a Surrogate has no biological link to a child, she is not genetically related to the child she will be carrying for the Intended Parents. The Embryo is created via In Vitro Fertilization by using Intended father’s sperm and Intended mother’s or Egg donor’s eggs. Once fertilization occurs, the embryo will be transferred on to the Gestational Carrier’s uterus and hopefully, the journey begins. Medical details and risks of all of the procedures should be discussed with Reproductive Endocrinologist who specializes and performs such procedures.
In order to find out if you qualify to be a Surrogate, you must first register with us, complete an in-depth application, schedule phone and in-person consultation with one of our coordinators. Once you are approved to be a part of our program, we will show your profile to a potential couple or an individual and share their profile with you as well. We will only match you with the couple or an individual based on your preferences and when the match is finalized by both parties, a legal agreement will be drafted and contract signed, your medical and psychological screening will begin. In some cases, medical and psychological screening will be or was done prior to a match. As a candidate you must be between the ages of 21-42, have at least one child, live in the state where gestational surrogacy is permitted; have had positive prior pregnancies, not smoke or use any recreational drugs, not abuse alcohol, have a healthy BMI, not have criminal record (a full criminal background check will be performed as part of screening on you and your partner), not receiving government assistance ; be physically and emotionally healthy and most of all: love being pregnant and have a strong desire to help someone else become parents.
When you are cleared by a medical team and a physician of Intended parents to move forward, you will start the process of preparing for an embryo transfer.
If travel to the Intended Parent’s clinic is necessary, all such expenses will be paid for you and your companion by the Intended Parents. All your travel arrangements will be done by our agency and we will do everything possible so that your stay will be as enjoyable as it can be. Once you are pregnant, you will be under the care of your OBGYN that is local to you until your delivery. Remember from the day you join our program, until long after your delivery, we will be side by side with you and provide all necessary guidance and necessary counseling throughout the whole process. You will always feel a part of our family. You will establish a wonderful relationship with your Intended Parents and will have as much contact as both you and them desire. Your exceptional compensation package will be discussed and negotiated long before you sign a legal contract with the Intended parents and our agency will ensure that you will be compensated in a timely manner. If you would like to receive more detailed information or apply to become a Surrogate Mother, please contact our office via phone, email or apply online. We are very grateful for your desire to join our wonderful program and become a part of our family.