Finding your surrogate match is an exciting time in your journey to parenthood. Circle works with many surrogate mothers from California, as well as most of the surrounding states. Additionally, Circle Surrogacy recently opened a new office in the San Francisco area, making it even easier for surrogates and intended parents to connect.
Thinking about what's important to you in your gestational carrier and journey will make it easier to find a surrogate on your own (if you're undergoing an independent journey) or to determine if your surrogacy agency has presented you with a good match.
The first steps in finding a surrogate mother match is to determine what you're looking for in a surrogate, what you’d like your relationship with your surrogate to be, and the expectations you have for your journey.
We ask intended parents to fill out a profile that help us to get to know them better and find appropriate surrogate matches.
The information we ask for in the profile includes your:
- Relationship (if you have a partner)
- Hobbies and activities
- Plans for parenthood
- Reasons for pursuing surrogacy
We'll ask that you also share photos of yourself, your loved ones and any other photos that give a good sense of who you are as people.
Your Circle Program Coordination Team uses your answers—as well as your geographic location and views on termination— so it's important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions. That's a key element of finding the best surrogate match for you.
In addition to your profile, there are certain criteria on which you will be matched with your gestational carrier. Intended parent matching criteria include their preferences on:
- Level of communication with their surrogate during the journey
- Location of the surrogate mother
- Number of embryos to transfer
- Views on selective reduction and termination
If you are doing an independent surrogacy journey, you can use the above as guidelines as to what you should look for in a suitable match.