You’ve done your research, read the surrogate qualifications, and decided that you want to become a surrogate. The only problem is, you’re not sure if you’re ready to be pregnant, yet. This is especially true during the summer months when you’re hoping to spend some time at the beach or home with the kids while they’re on summer vacation. Luckily, there are a lot of steps in the process between when you submit your surrogate application and when you actually become pregnant.
There is usually a 6-month period between completing the surrogate application and becoming pregnant. If you’re not ready to be pregnant this summer, now is the perfect time to apply!
These are the steps that you can expect in the 6-month time frame leading up to becoming pregnant:
Complete the Application
We’ll ask questions about your health and birth history, your living situation and support network, and learn more about why you’ll be an awesome surrogate! You can even fill out this surrogate application poolside.
After you’ve filled out the application, you’ll connect with Pre-screening Coordinator. We want to answer any questions you may have, and discuss your expectations for your surrogacy journey. Be sure to ask your Pre-screening Coordinator about the summer bonus!
Match with Intended Parents
At Circle, surrogates have the chance to express preferences about the intended parents with whom they are matched. You can share with us the type of Intended Parents you’re looking for, level of contact and sharing, and overall expectations of what you hope to get out of the journey. To learn more about the matching process, read our blog post!
Legal Agreements and Contracts
As a surrogate, you will be provided with your own legal representation throughout the process, independent of the attorney working with your Intended Parents. You’ll work closely with your attorney to finalize the contract until both parties – you and your intended parents – are in agreement.
Once negotiations are complete, you’ll sign and return your Agreement(s) within five days of receiving the final draft.
Medical Screenings happen after matching and during contract negotiations. This is the first of two times you’ll travel as a surrogate. You’ll travel to the IPs’ IVF clinic for your screening. Typically, you’ll fly in one day, have your appointment the following morning, and then fly home that night. Don’t worry, travel costs are all covered!
Local Monitoring & Embryo Transfer
Once you’ve been medically screened and the contract is signed by both you and your IP’s, you’ll receive an IVF treatment schedule to help prepare your body for embryo transfer. The timeline includes the start date of your medications to the actual retrieval and transfer date.
We encourage our surrogates to apply in the summer if they are hoping to become pregnant in the fall when the kids go back to school! Undergoing the embryo transfer in the fall also increases the likelihood that the surrogate will be pregnant before the holidays.
Are you interested in applying to becoming a surrogate? Apply this summer and don’t forget to ask about the summer surrogate bonus on your welcome call!