Congratulations – once you’ve completed your online surrogate application, you’re on the way to becoming a gestational surrogate!
Here’s what happens next: We’ll review your application within 1-2 business days and let you know if we think you could be a good fit to move forward in the process. Then we’ll send you a few supplemental forms that ask for more detailed information.
What should you be doing in the meantime? Here are a few things you can jump on to keep things going smoothly through the next stage of the process:
1. Learn more about surrogacy.
The more you know about surrogacy, and Circle’s program in particular, the faster you can move through the application and screening process! We find that applicants who have researched the most about surrogacy tend to be more likely to be approved. With that in mind, start with our blog (since you’re here already!), then take a look at our frequently asked questions page and our Introduction to Surrogacy Guide.
2. Build a support system.
In order to have a successful journey, we require that a support system be in place at the start of and throughout the program. This can include support from a partner, immediate family members, relatives, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. At this stage of the process, start thinking about a primary support person who can participate in your surrogacy journey. You can start sharing your plans to be a surrogate with your partner and/or family members to make sure they are supportive and understand the process.
3. Put together a list of your past OB/GYN providers.
Part of our screening of potential surrogates includes a review of medical records from previous pregnancies. We’ll ask for your authorization to contact your previous providers directly to obtain these records. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to start gathering contact information from each of your previous pregnancies, including doctors’ names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, etc.
4. Find out health insurance information.
If you have insurance that can cover some of the medical costs of your surrogacy, you are entitled to a higher base fee. To determine whether your insurance will provide coverage, we’ll need some information about your plan. At this stage, you can begin looking into obtaining a copy of your benefits book. Your benefits book may be obtained through the Human Resources department at work, or by directly contacting the insurance company. You might also be able to download a copy from your insurance website or an employee portal if you work for a large company.
5. Gather Photos
When we send your profile to intended parents during the matching stage, we’ll need a few photos of you and your family. Take a look through your photos and try to find photos with good lighting.
The most important thing to do after filling out the surrogate application is to stay engaged. Talk to former surrogates, ask questions, and self-educate. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to the next part of the process: matching with intended parents to help them start a family.
For more information on the post-application phase, email firstname.lastname@example.org.