13 Points to Keep in Mind When You Use Surrogacy


1. Surrogacy is a circle of love that unites people who otherwise may have never been connected.

2. Flash News: You will, in fact, have your baby!

3. At the end of this process you will actually have a daughter or son (or both) in your arms!

4. Going through the unbelievable miracle of (finally) achieving your goal of being a parent does not mean the process is easy.

5. Intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates may have many complex (and normal) feelings during the pregnancy and even beyond it.

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Surrogacy Expectations: Waiting to Cycle

During your surrogacy, you’ll go through six stages: matching, contracts and screening, waiting to cycle, transferring, pregnancy, and post delivery. This six-part blog series defines what each stage entails; helps you set reasonable expectations; and offers important things to consider.

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During this stage, your IVF clinic prepares a cycle schedule for you and your surrogate and/or egg donor. While you’re waiting for your clinic to release the cycle timeline, your program coordinator (PC) provides you with weekly status updates. However, you may get more immediate information by contacting your clinic directly.

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Surrogacy Expectations: Contracts & Screening

During your surrogacy, you’ll go through six stages: matching, contracts and screening, waiting to cycle, transferring, pregnancy, and post delivery. This six-part blog series defines what each stage entails; helps you set reasonable expectations; and offers important things to consider.

You’ve been matched and are entering the second phase of surrogacy, known as Contracts and Screening. This part of your journey is extremely important as you’ll sign your Agreements (contracts) and attend the medical screenings at your IVF clinic. It typically takes about two to three months to complete this stage.

While Circle’s legal team is drafting up the Carrier Agreement and/or Egg Donor Agreement, you should be in touch with your surrogate and/or donor (if you’re perusing a known donation). This is really the best time to get to know each other and develop a relationship. But remember to do this at a pace with which you’re comfortable. Relationships aren’t built in a day.

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The Perks of Being a Surrogate Mother

Beyond being viewed as a Goddess by their intended parents, surrogates enjoy these feel-good takeaways.

Forming a connection with new people. We encourage our surrogates and intended parents to establish a relationship with each other. The level of contact is up to everyone involved. However, (in many cases) the closer the surrogate is to her intended parents, the more likely she’ll develop a lifelong bond with them. While it’s not required, some surrogates and intended parents stay in touch long after the child is born, sending yearly updates, exchanging holiday photos, and, in some instances, planning vacations together.

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Free Guide about Gay Surrogacy

 

Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be barriers to parenthood. Circle Surrogacy and Circle Egg Donation are proud to offer gestational surrogacy and egg donation programs, respectively, that help same-sex couples become parents. We’ve been helping LGBT couples and individuals build families since 1995.

To inform LGBT intended parents about gay surrogacy and the options available to them, we created a free downloadable guide: An Introduction to Surrogacy and Egg Donation: A Guide for LGBT Intended Parents.

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What does the guide cover?

  • How the surrogacy process works
  • Matching with surrogates and egg donors
  • Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR)
  • Gay advocacy
  • Costs and legal obligations

 

Have additional questions? Email our Outreach Manager, Bruce Hale, at bhale@circlesurrogacy.com.

 

“We Have Been Matched”: An Intended Parent’s Perspective

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My surrogate, Jennifer, and I in the hospital after my son, Ilon, was born.

We were on the waiting list to get matched, and one afternoon I got the email we had been waiting on for four months. My husband visited some friends, so I waited for him to come home to tell him the exciting news. But when he finally came home, he was in severe pain and had to call for an ambulance! Before they took him away, I whispered to him, “We have been matched!!” He looked at me and we hugged and kissed. We were very excited and happy.

Since I instantly liked our potential surrogate, we emailed and decided to have a Skype call three days later on a Sunday afternoon (our time). My husband had had gallbladder surgery and was still in the hospital, so I had to do it on my own.

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