How to become a Surrogate

Eligibility for being a surrogate mother:

  1. Must reside in the United States
  2. Good Physical Health including reproductive health (No major health issues or concerns)
  3. Good age range (Typically between 21-40 years of age)
  4. Non-smoking/Non-drug using
  5. Must have had at least one child
  6. No previous complications with any pregnancy
  7. Healthy weight range (BMI need not to exceed 28)
  8. Financially stable/self-supporting (must not be receiving any government assistance)
  9. Emotionally secure
  10. Good support system
  11. Must have reliable transportation

Application process for surrogate mother:

  1. Counseling with agency about the process of becoming a surrogate mother
  2. You will be required to complete an on-line application and accompanying agency forms, which will be provided to you by email.
  3. An insurance specialist to verify your health insurance coverage, and assist you in obtaining a life insurance policy paid for by the intended parents
  4. A case manager who works closely with you, the intended parents during all phases of the surrogacy process
  5. Psychological, background and medical pre-screening must also be completed.

Once all these clearances are received, your profile will be made live on our system and you will be presented with profiles of prospective intended parents to review and based on your interest and feedback we will schedule a day for you to meet up with the intended parents of your choosing.

The Matching Process

The matching process:

  1. Psychological Screening
    You will undergo screening and/or testing with a licensed therapist/psychologist whose practical experience focuses in infertility. The therapist may also interview your spouse and/or partner. The purpose of this screening is to ensure that you are of sound mind and emotionally stable to undergo the surrogacy process.

  2. 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 harm's way.

  3. Medical Pre- Screening
    As a new applicant we will review your pregnancy and medical history and if there are any circumstances, which require further review, your records will be sent for review by a medical professional.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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 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. 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.

  6. After embryos transfer:
    Within ten to fourteen days following the transfer, blood test will be administered to measure your Beta-HCG, Estrogen and Progesterone levels. You will continue to be under the care of the fertility specialist. At approximately 10-12 weeks of the pregnancy, you will be released by the fertility physician to go to your OBGYN.