The process of surrogacy

Navigating the Journey: Understanding Each Stage of the Gestational Surrogacy Process

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Surrogacy is defined as “ An option for family formation in which a woman agrees to gestate a child for a couple or individual seeking these reproductive services to become parents”. The woman who bears the child is commonly referred to as the surrogate, while the couple or individual who seek(s) these reproductive services are referred to as intended parents. The use of a surrogate in the modern era was made possible by the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), which enables physicians to transfer an intended parents' embryo into the uterus of a surrogate.

The surrogacy was first introduced in the 80s, in order to help intended opposite-sex parents who had fertility or medical problems that precluded the female partner from having a baby. Nowadays, the process is also used by unpartnered individuals and same-sex couples, who desire to become parents.

A surrogacy process involves a series of well-defined steps designed to ensure the well-being and best interests of all parties involved. From the initial consultations and matching process to the legal procedures and pregnancy journey, we are here to walk alongside you every step of the way. If you are looking to become a surrogate, you may want to understand the process of surrogacy as a whole



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Firstly, intended parents reach an agency (which can be also one of our partners), and a meeting is organized by some coordinators. During this first contact, the objective is to learn more about them, their story, their reasons to consider surrogacy, and what they expect from this surrogacy journey. In return, the agency explains the process of surrogacy in detail and provides information on the requirements, legal aspects, and available support services.

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Secondly, the matching process begins. After discussing the intended parents' criteria for a surrogate, such as state of residency and communication preferences, our partner agencies initiate the search for a screened surrogate who may be a potential match. The agency then presents the intended parents' profile and their story to the selected surrogate, who will decide whether she is open to exploring a potential match. If there is mutual interest, a first meeting is scheduled. If, following the meeting, both the intended parents and the surrogate agree to move forward, we can proceed to the next step.

* At The Surrogates Club, our partners will conduct medical screenings for our surrogates prior to the matching process. We believe it is important for women who are considering becoming surrogates to undergo clearance on their medical eligibility before proceeding with the matching process. This approach ensures that the surrogates and intended parents can enter into the journey with confidence and peace of mind.

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Thirdly, our club, through its professional partners, proceeds to the legal phase of the surrogacy process. At The Surrogates Club, we ensure that our surrogates receive support from legal experts who will guide them in creating the necessary contractual agreements. The primary document involved is known as the "Gestational Surrogate Agreement," which is established between the Intended Parent(s), the surrogate, and her partner if applicable. This agreement outlines the rights, obligations, intentions, and expectations of all parties involved throughout the surrogacy journey. It also takes into account the specific legal requirements dictated by the surrogate's state of residence. Furthermore, the agreement covers various crucial aspects of the surrogacy process, including insurance (health and life), the allocation of medical expenses, the liability associated with potential medical complications, and the involvement of the Intended Parents in important events such as doctor's visits and the delivery itself. Financial considerations such as the surrogate's compensation, lost wages, legal fees, childcare, and maternity clothing expenses are also meticulously addressed.

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Fourthly, we address the insurance aspect. We conduct an initial inquiry into the surrogate's insurance benefits to determine if her current coverage is likely to include surrogacy. If it is not covered, we collaborate with the surrogate to explore alternative insurance options that align with her specific situation, preferences, and needs.

*Fertility insurance is part of the overall cost of surrogacy supported by the intended parents.

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When the surrogate is medically ready and protected by a fertility insurance , and that both parties are legally covered, the surrogates can prepare for the embryo transfer and begins medications on the first cycle day of her period. Then, the embryo transfer is realized at a fertility clinic.

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Once the transfer is completed, the pregnancy can begin. A dedicated coordinator from The Surrogates Club will be assigned to ensure the well-being of the pregnancy, monitor the surrogate's health and well-being, and facilitate smooth communication between the surrogate and the intended parents. At The Surrogates Club, our entire team and the surrogates members of our club, collaborate to provide ongoing support and attentiveness to surrogates throughout their pregnancy and beyond.