The surrogacy process involves many steps and professionals, so it’s important to understand the entire process, whether you are an intended parent or a surrogate mother. You may choose to undergo your surrogacy journey independently or with the help of a surrogacy agency. An agency like Circle Surrogacy with 25 years of experience can help you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey so that you can focus on preparing for the arrival of your baby.
Here is an overview of the process for intended parents and surrogate mothers in Washington, D.C.
Choosing an Agency
One of the first full-service surrogacy agencies in the U.S., Circle Surrogacy has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation since opening our Boston office in 1995.
Not every surrogacy agency is a good fit; it’s essential to find one that you have a good rapport with and shares your views about the surrogacy process. Beginning your surrogacy journey is a big step, so it’s important to do your research!
Surrogacy laws vary by state, so choosing an agency with lawyers knowledgeable in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy law is vital. They will help you understand the surrogacy laws in Washington, D.C. Circle has a full legal team on staff that works exclusively with third-party reproduction and surrogacy law.
Choosing an Egg Donor (if needed)
Intended parents will need to use donor eggs when they cannot or do not wish to use their own eggs. We specialize in matching intended parents with carefully screened egg donors who truly align with the family’s values and desires.
Learn more about finding an egg donor.
Finding a Surrogate Mother
After matching with an egg donor (if needed), our Program Coordination Team will help you find the perfect surrogate match. We encourage you to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby(ies). If you’d like to find a surrogate with specific criteria, you can share your preference with your Program Coordination Team.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Pregnancy is the time to continue building your relationship with your gestational surrogate. Many intended parents join their surrogates for medical appointments if they live close enough to do so. Your agency will be supporting you through each milestone, helping you prepare for traveling for the birth and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely and securely with your new baby.