The amount of contact between the Intended Parents and the Surrogate varies case by case. Both parties shall determine & agree upon the contract during the matching process. Some cultures are a little more closed off than others; however, the relationship and communication develop as the journey progresses.
If you do not live in the United States, you will need to travel to the U.S. at least once. This trip is for the delivery of your child. Another time would be to create your embryos at an U.S. clinic. If you prefer creating the embryos without having to travel, you can choose to either have your embryo transported or send your eggs/sperm to the U.S. clinic. Should you choose to come to the U.S. for the embryo creation the trip will include an introductory meeting with the Surrogate. On the same visit, we conduct your medical screening and then the creation of the embryos at the IVF clinic.
It depends on the agency you choose to work with. Most agencies have a 6-18 month waiting list to match with a surrogate. Some also require you to sign a contract and pay agency fees for them to begin the process of matching. Physician’s Surrogacy offers complimentary matching, and you can match with your Surrogate as quickly as a week. On average, the typical timeline is two weeks.
Generally, you can break down the surrogacy process into six stages: Consultation, Matching, Screening, Legal, Conception, and Pregnancy/Delivery
*Consultation: The entire process begins with a complimentary surrogacy consultation with our experienced team which requires no cost. In this meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to share your story with us and why you’ve chosen surrogacy to grow your family. We will explain our process and program offerings and answer any questions you might have.
*Matching: Our average matching timeline is one week. This successful and dynamic matching timeline is attributed to our comprehensive 3-4-month medical pre-screening. Our in-house OB’s supervise the pre-screening process of our Surrogates. Before we present a potential Surrogate candidate, she has undergone a thorough background check. Moreover, our physician team has already screened all of her pregnancy histories. Lastly, she has undergone proper and necessary lab work, qualifying her to become an eligible candidate through our agency.
*Screening: Once we have a confirmed two-way match (Intended Parents & Surrogate), the Surrogate will go through the final stages of medical and psychological screening. The whole process takes place through the IVF clinic which the Intended Parents have chosen. Once the Surrogate has been cleared, we move into the legal phase.
*Legal: The legal contract phase is typically two to four weeks. Your attorney drafts the agreement and works with your Surrogate’s attorney to establish the terms of all aspects of the journey, including parental rights and obligations of both parties. Later there will be a second legal stage to establish parentage. You will have unlimited access to your attorney and your Surrogate’s attorney during the contractual phase and the entire journey.
Our flat rate cost structure includes:
The Surrogate mothers’ compensation cost.
Legal representation for both sides.
The agency fee.
Almost all of these surrogacy-related procedures come with predetermined costs.
*Conception: Your Surrogate can begin her IVF treatment after receiving medical, psychological, and legal clearance.
*Pregnancy/Delivery: Throughout the pregnancy phase of the journey, you will have detailed weekly updates. Your case manager will weekly updates with all new information regarding your Surrogate and child.