Aloha prospective parents! We’re here to guide you through the surrogacy process. We know it is an exciting, stressful and an emotional. Our caring staff is ready to help support you on this life changing journey.
Below are the steps involved in the surrogacy process.
- Consultation- We are here to discuss the surrogacy process with you in detail and answer any questions that you might have. If you decide to retain our services, you will need to sign our fee agreement and fill out our application.
- Fertility Clinic- If you have not already selected a fertility clinic, we will refer you to a reputable fertility clinic.
- Surrogate Matching- We will guide you through the process and match you with surrogate mother based on your qualifications. We will have you fill out a questionnaire to find out a little bit more about you before we match you with a surrogate. When the appropriate candidate is determined, you will be sent her profile for review.
- Surrogate Screening- Your surrogate will undergo medical screening, including but not limited to; psychological evaluation and testing, blood work, and ultrasounds. If you are working with an egg donor, her screening will be coordinated alongside of the surrogate.
- Contract- You will enter into a surrogacy contract with your carrier. Both you and your carrier will have an attorney to represent you.
- Medical Protocol- Your IVF physician will give the Intended Mother or egg donor a medical protocol to follow as well as the surrogate. Cycles will be synchronized and monitored.
- Travel- If the intended mother is the egg donor , you will need to travel to the fertility clinic. If you are travelling from another country, you will need to plan to stay in the US for about 2 weeks. If you are depositing your sperm, you will need to stay for 3- 5 days.
- Embryo Transfer- The surrogate will need to spend 2-3 days near the fertility clinic. She will arrive the day before the transfer, have the transfer, and spend 24 hours on bedrest.
- Pregnancy- You can go to as many doctor’s appointments as you wish.
- Birth- Your child or children are born and its time to celebrate! Your names will go directly on to the birth certificate. If you are an international parent, you will required to stay in the United States between 10- 14 days while your baby’s birth certificate and passport are being processed. Embryos that were not used, can be frozen for later use.
The Legal Process
There are two important legal pieces to your surrogacy journey: the surrogacy contract and establishing parental rights.
- The Contract: The surrogacy contract will cover issues surrounding everyone’s rights, responsibilities and duties. The contract will address issues on abortion, selective reduction, confidentiality, the medical protocol for the surrogacy, contact during and after the pregnancy (if desired by both parties), compensation, parental rights and custody issues.
- Parental Rights: If heterosexual parents are working with a gestational surrogate (using the intended parents’ egg/sperm or donor egg or sperm), they will be able to obtain a pre-birth order and have their names placed directly on the birth certificate.
In some states gay parents will both be able to be put their names on the birth certificate. In other states, the non-biological parent will have to go through a second-parent adoption.
International Intended Parents
Pacific Egg Donors and Surrogacy, welcomes clients from all around the world. We enjoy having the opportunity to help international couples and individuals build or expand their family.
International intended parents face special challenges such as obtaining passports for their child, insurance coverage for the newborn baby before leaving the United States, and citizenship for the baby in their home country. Pacific Egg Donors and Surrogacy ensures the surrogacy process will run as smoothly and efficiently as possible for international intended parents.
We understand that the surrogacy process can be stressful. We realize that going through the surrogacy process in another country can be difficult because of time zones and language barriers. We try to make the process run as smoothly as possible for you by being responsive and dedicated to your journey.
LGBTQ parents face special challenges and obstacles in the surrogacy process. It is important for LGBTQ parents to match with a surrogate who is supportive of working with a same sex couple. It’s also imperative that the surrogate’s husband or partner is supportive of working with a same sex couple.
It is also important for LGBTQ intended parents to work with a surrogate in a LGBTQ friendly surrogacy state, where the intended parents’ names can either go directly on the birth certificate or a second-parent adoption is possible.
Below is a listing of the states where our LGBTQ parents have been able to obtain pre-birth orders.
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Just to name a few.