So you’re thinking of becoming a surrogate mother. Allow me to begin by saying thank you – and congratulations! Becoming a surrogate mother is one of the most selfless things you can do for another human being. As a surrogate myself, I can tell you that helping to create a family is also something you will feel extremely proud of and is sure to be an incredibly rewarding experience for both you and your family. There are several important steps you must take in order to become a surrogate mother and because this will be a very special time in your life, it’s helpful to have a general idea of the steps you will soon be taking.
The first step is an important one. It’s time to do some research. Get online. Read articles and surrogacy guides. Follow surrogacy blogs. Research IVF. You’ll learn a great deal about the process and you’re likely to have many of your initial questions answered. You’ll also probably develop a few new questions you may not have thought of before. During this phase, it is my hope is that you’ll feel comfortable reaching out to me with those questions. It’s what I’m here for after all! I am confident that before long, you will feel 100% ready for the next step: applying.
Circle Surrogacy makes it easy to apply to be a surrogate, directly from our website. We know that the application is lengthy and because we respect and appreciate your time, it is our goal to contact you regarding the status of your application within 24 hours. Our hope is that you will be as delighted to receive your welcome email from us, as we are to have you in our program.
The next step in the process is pre-screening. During this phase, you will be working hand in hand with our pre-screening team, who will be helping you obtain all of the required paperwork for surrogacy. This includes photos, questionnaires, background checks, insurance information, and medical records. This paperwork allows us to create a strong profile for you and helps to pave the way for a smooth journey for you and your future intended parents. Once all of the necessary paperwork has been submitted, and your medical records have been reviewed and approved by one of our IVF physicians, we send your completed file to our social workers for screening.
Our amazing social workers will contact you in order to set up a screening phone call with them. This phone call generally lasts 2-2 ½ hours and is used as an opportunity to get to know you better, review important timeline and compensation information with you and answer any questions you may have at this point in the process. The social worker will also schedule a time to speak with your primary support person as well as the references you will have provided for us during the pre-screening phase. Our social workers will also help you to arrange for you to take the MMPI, which is a screening done online, via webcam with a licensed psychologist. During this final part of the screening phase, your social worker is placing all of the final touches on your file in preparation for presenting it to potential Intended Parents. Your social worker will present you with a commitment letter and officially invite you into the Circle Surrogacy surrogate program. Welcome to the family!
Shortly after the screening phase, you’ll reach a very exciting part of your journey. You’ll receive an intended parent profile to review. Simultaneously, we will send your profile to the prospective intended parents. You each have a few days to look over the profile and decide if this is someone you’d like to have a Skype conversation with. Your social worker will help to get this call scheduled and will ask that each of you touch base with us after that conversation takes place. If you each let us know that the call went great and that you’re excited about your future surrogacy journey together, we will consider you officially matched. You will be assigned a Journey Coordinator who will be there to guide you through all of the exciting next steps of your surrogacy journey. Your journey coordinator will be working hand in hand with you all the way through delivery.
Becoming a surrogate mother is a huge step in your life. We are thrilled to be able to help guide you through each of the steps of this process. Thank you for allowing us to do so. Most importantly, thank you for being who you are – a woman with a heart for surrogacy.