The surrogacy process can be complex at times, with many milestones that lead to the final outcome: baby's birth! It's important to understand and prepare for the steps in the surrogacy process as a surrogate mother or intended parent.
The surrogacy process can feel complex and overwhelming, as there are many moving parts. Working with an agency can help you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey so that you can focus on the most important thing: preparing for the arrival of your baby!
There are 5 key milestones in your surrogacy process:
Consultation & Sign-On
• Meet with agency, sign-in, create embryos
Matching with your Surrogate
• Parent profile and surrogate match
Medical & Legal screenings/contracts
• Medical screening, legal contracts, embryo transfer
• Ultrasounds and check ins, prepare for birth
• Delivery day and new parent joy, travel home
Working with a successful surrogacy agency with Circle Surrogacy means having a knowledgeable team partnering with you at every step.
Beginning your journey toward surrogacy is a big step, so it's important to do your research! Not every surrogacy agency is a good fit, finding a surrogacy agency with which you have good chemistry and who shares your views about your the surrogacy process is key to a successful journey.
Also, surrogacy laws vary by state, so working with an agency who has lawyers knowledgeable in ART and surrogacy law is important. They will help you understand the surrogacy laws in Washington.
You'll work closely with your Program Coordinator to determine the best surrogate match. You'll be encouraged to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby(ies). If you'd like to find a surrogate in Washington, you can share your preference with our team.
Prior to matching with your surrogate, you'll need to match with your egg donor (if needed). You can search our egg donor database where you'll find bright and ambitious young women who are excited for the opportunity to help you grow your family.
Once you've identified surrogacy as the way you'd like to grow your family, and you've selected an agency with which you'd like to meet with, the first step is to schedule a consultation.
A surrogacy consultation is an in-depth meeting (about 2-2 1/2 hours long) with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. This private meeting will allow us to get to know you and your story, as well as talk about surrogacy and the process as it related to your personal situation. We'll help you understand surrogacy programs and costs, as well.
The surrogacy process can move quickly or slowly, depending on your specific journey. All surrogacy journeys start out the same way: by filling out our surrogacy application. If approved, you'll hear from the Surrogate Intake Team and begin the full application process. Depending on your matching, you may be matched quickly, or it could take a few months.
Once we have accepted a surrogate applicant into our program, our matching and legal teams determine possible matching options based on a variety of factors, including: the state she lives in, whether she has insurance, and the matching preferences from both intended parents and surrogates.
We will send the redacted profile of the intended parents (with no identifying information) to the surrogate. If she expresses interest, we will send her profile to the intended parents, similarly leaving out all identifying information. Once the surrogate and the prospective parents express a mutual interest, we will put them in touch by telephone, Skype or email so they can begin to get to know each other.
After communicating with each other, the surrogate and the prospective parents meet in person at their mutual convenience: at the surrogate’s home, the intended parents’ home, or some place in between. If the surrogate has children and/or a partner or spouse, the intended parents meet them as well.
An IVF physician medically screens them after a match is made. If for any reason the surrogate doesn’t pass the medical screening (which is rare), Circle Surrogacy presents a new match free of charge.
We have a daughter. Because of all of you, we have a family. You’ve guided us to our dream and we are forever grateful. You have warmed our hearts, warmed our souls, and with your lovely blanket gift, warmed our precious baby girl, Pearl Anne. Thank you, with love. - Brian and Matt
We were in good hands with you.Thank you so much for your help on this journey. Our son is awesome. Top on our list of thanks is our surrogate, followed not far behind by you and the rest of the Circle team that helped make this happen. I had both kids on my lap the other day just hanging out and experienced a new kind of 'happy' - down to the core happy. - Greg
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at Circle for making our surrogacy experience truly amazing. We are overjoyed and adjusting to life with our son. Your team's dedication and attention was a testament to the agency's reputation and appreciated by us, our families and our surrogate. - J and C.
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