How to Become a Surrogate
Congratulations! If you have made the decision to become a Surrogate or are thinking about becoming a Surrogate, you have the opportunity to help in a way that only few women can! Many of these women have spent years trying to conceive and have endured several physically demanding and expensive infertility treatments before arriving at the decision to choose surrogacy. These women have reconciled that no matter how badly they want to conceive and carry a child of their own they for some reason will not be able to do so. Statistics show the numbers of women affected by and/or undergoing infertility treatment increase every year. Yet, even with a greater understanding and acceptance of alternative methods of conception from family and friends the choice to opt for surrogacy is still difficult. There are no words to accurately describe the precious gift that you are giving to a couple in need. This is often one of the last chances that our intended parents have at realizing their dream of becoming parents. Concluding their long and often arduous journey to parenthood with a beautiful baby girl or boy of their own is truly priceless. Furthermore, successfully completing a surrogacy cycle will not only afford a couple in need with a child it will provide you and your family with additional income with which to fulfill your own dreams.
We are truly grateful that women with compassion for those unable to carry pregnancies have stepped forward to take on this awesome responsibility. Thank you for considering this tremendous act of selflessness. Cori's welcomes you to our agency and we look forward to assisting you through this amazing and miraculous process.
In order to be qualified to work with our agency as a Gestational Surrogate, you must:
Be a resident of the United States
Be between the ages of 21-38
Be healthy overall
Have a BMI of 30 or less
Have at least one child and be raising (or have raised) that child
Have experienced a full-term pregnancy and delivery free of complications---no more than 2 C-sections
Be in a stable living situation
Have the support of your partner (when applicable)
Be financially stable
Not be on public assistance
Never have been convicted of a crime (you/your partner)
Not smoke or take illegal drugs (you/your partner)
Not have any sexually transmitted diseases (you/your partner)
Not have any psychiatric illness
Have reliable transportation
Not have had any tattoos or piercings within the past 12 months
Not currently breastfeeding or within the last 6 months
Enjoy pregnancy and be motivated by the wish to help others create or add to their famiy
Application Process - You are required to complete the on-line application. Once this has been reviewed and approved by our staff, we will contact you to schedule a more in depth interview via phone. Psychological and Background screening must also be completed (see below for details). Once all these clearances are received, your profile will be made live on our database and you will be presented with profiles of prospective intended parents. If and when a match is made, we will schedule a day for you to meet with the intended parents and depending how everyone feels upon the conclusion of this meeting, you may be matched with a couple. At which point you will be required to complete a medical screening with the prospective parents’ Fertility clinic.
Psychological Screening - One very important requirement will be your psychological screening. You will undergo screening and/or testing with a licensed therapist/psychologist whose practical experience focuses in infertility. Your spouse and/or partner may also be interviewed by the therapist. The purpose of this screening is to ensure that you are of sound mind and emotionally stable to undergo the surrogacy process. There is nothing to be fearful of. The therapist conducting the screening process is also there to provide support to you and discuss any fears or concerns you may have with the process.
Background Screening - Both you and your spouse/partner will be required to submit to background screening which is intended to ensure that all surrogate candidates presented to our prospective parents are not putting a future child in harms way. While we understand things happen, we appreciate your honesty and being forthcoming with any past events.
Medical Screening - Once matched with a Recipient couple/Individual, you will be sent to the prospective parents’ reproductive physician for an in-depth physical exam, testing for both infectious disease screening (would also include your husband/partner) drug screening and any other testing deem necessary by the physician to determine your suitability and ability to conceive and safely carry a child. Any additional medical testing/screening can be performed at the request of our office, the prospective parents or the fertility physician.
Legal Contract Process- Upon receiving your medical clearance from the couple’s physician, the next step is the legal contract process. The couple’s attorney will draft a contract between you and the parents which is intended to address all the legal issues pursuant a surrogacy arrangement in California and cover any unforeseen situation that could arise. Everything that has been discussed and agreed upon between you and the couple will also be included. The Surrogacy Legal Contract is a binding and enforceable agreement under the laws of the State of California. The contract establishes the responsibilities you will have to each other and protects each person’s legal rights. You will have your own attorney, at no cost to you, who will review the agreement with you and give you advisement regarding the terms of the agreement, your legal rights and obligations and lastly, go over the remaining steps for finalizing the couple’s parental rights prior to the birth.
Procedure - As a Gestational Surrogate, you will undergo an Embryo Transfer procedure using the Intended Mother’s eggs or donor eggs which have been combined with the Intended Father’s sperm or donor sperm. The transfer procedure could be based off a “fresh” cycle or a “frozen” cycle, either way the medical protocol is similar. The Intended Parent’s physician will evaluate the health of your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes through tests administered by the physician’s office. Blood work, a routine physical exam may also be performed. The use of medications will begin once the physician has determined you are clear to proceed. Medications will include birth control pills to regulate your cycle and/or synchronize your cycle with the Intended Mother or Donor, Lupron, Estrogen and Progesterone may also be part of the protocol. Some of which will be required to be administered by injections given either subcutaneous or intramuscular. Regular monitoring of your lining and hormone levels will be performed during the medication cycle. Once ready, the embryo(s) will be transferred to your womb and you will be required to rest for two to four days after the procedure. Within ten to fourteen days following the transfer, blood test will be administered to measure your Beta-HCG, Estrogen and Progesterone levels. Optimally, a beta-hcg with a value of 50 or higher will determine if a pregnancy has occurred. It is imperative that you take all medications and injections exactly as indicated by the physician. You must attend and be on time for all appointments required of you. Over the course of the cycle which includes both before the embryo transfer has taken place and up to end of the first trimester, you will continue to be under the care of the fertility specialist, you can expect to attend approximately 12-18 appointments over the course of four months. At approximately 10-12 weeks of the pregnancy you will be released by the fertility physician to go to your OBGYN in which the remainder of the pregnancy will be comparable to the same routine of attending appointments with your previous pregnancy(ies) with your own children.
We thank you for considering Cori's for your third party assistance. The gift of a child is truly a wonderful blessing and we hope that we can be apart of that journey with you.
Please click on the Submit button below to begin your application. Becoming a Surrogate is something you should consider carefully. Candidates are expected to fill out the forms in the application as completely and truthfully as possible. If you have questions please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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